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Ps 242 The Young Diplomats Magnet School

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 295 students

 

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Posted May 16, 2014

painfully lacking in effective and approachable leadership. little encouragement in the areas of parent/teacher collaboration and community building. school safety agents are beyond unfriendly and rude. most teachers and staff are great but overall school environment is not welcoming. please do your research before placing your child into this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2013

I think the quality of the teachers might be fair. The reason why I say this is because as per school policy, parents are not allowed into the school unless you have an appointment with the administration office. The security Guards are nasty, and treat parents like criminals, the teachers don't interact with the parents and the principle acts like your going to jump down her throat when she sees you. I hate this school, can't wait to pull my son out. Everyday he comes home with bite marks on his skin and no one has yet to explain what the problem is (infestation). I plan on filing a complain ASAP.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2012

Considering the school has chosen to become a magnet school there has been no improvements made what-so-ever. The teachers are the only decent thing the school has to offer- that is it. It is almost Novmeber- I have been to the school at least once a week since the start of school and atteneded all events- I HAVE NOT seen the principal yet! She still continues to play the background. I am just not pleased with the schools administration at all and it is runing the school. There is another school housed in the building- I have seen the male principal that leads FLI, why havent I seen Ms. D?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2012

To all parents, please be advised that some of the posted information about PS 242 YDMA may be personal opinions. We ask that you come and tour the school, speak to staff and students and make your own decisions of the school. There is a lot the school offers to have parents become involved individuals in their child's education. Parents who take advantage of this involvement will see that statements made on this page, are inaccurate. Please take advantage of all parent and community involvement opportunities. It takes a united community to make a school a successful one and YDMA offers this opportunity.


Posted May 22, 2012

PARENTS BEWARE!!! One cannot be distracted by the clean, friendly look of this school. After only 3 months of attending this school, we pulled our children out as this school is dangerously lacking in SAFETY. My daughter was always frightened to go to school because how badly the kids hit and kick. Drop-off and dismissal are disorderly. Use the right exit and you could leave out with a child without any adult noticing. What is equally disturbing is my son was involved in several incidents of fighting and bullying that were never communicated to me by the teachers. And use of profane language by the students is commonplace. I have sent several emails to Principal Desjardin. The only time she responded to me was when I informed her that my husband and I were withdrawing our kids from the school. The only way to see changes is for parents to file a complaint with the DOE by calling 311 (u can do this anonymously or by using your name). NO COMPLAINT IS TOO SMALL.. Talking it over with the Principal during Tea or calling her cell will not suffice as what was discussed can easily be denied (ask me how I know). Best wishes to you in finding a great school for your child(ren).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2009

I enrolled my child in this school a few years ago and after two years was relieved to be able to transfer to a charter school. I have heard that there have been changes in administration and that the school has started to make a slow upward climb but from my experience I can tell you that my child entered performing on grade level and left there so far behind that it took two years to return to grade level in the new school! If 242 is in the process of improving, I say give them a few years to do this before even considering it for your child. For me and my child it was a nightmare!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

I believe P.S. 242 G.P. Brown Computer School has excellent potential to be one of the better schools in New York City. The principal, Ms. Brewster demonstrates great leadership and enforces positive attitudes with all students. The teachers appear to be adequately qualified, however the students would benefit further if more creativity were added in the classroom setting. There is a strong sense of community that involves students, parents and teachers. Part of the mission for the school is to have everyone involved work together, which will lead your child to being successful in school. There is a need for improvement in specific areas as follows: specialized services for students with learning disabilities, after school program, extracurricular activities and smaller teacher to child ratio. This also eliminates to increased funding for the school.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 32% in 2014.

26 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
0%

2013

 
 
14%

2012

 
 
18%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

26 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
27%

2013

 
 
8%

2012

 
 
15%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 33% in 2014.

31 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
16%

2013

 
 
13%

2012

 
 
29%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

31 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
12%

2013

 
 
5%

2012

 
 
35%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 30% in 2014.

25 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
16%

2013

 
 
14%

2012

 
 
34%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

26 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
19%

2013

 
 
10%

2012

 
 
28%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

In 2009-2010, this school was given a grade of "C" for the elementary school level.

About the tests


Progress Report Grades measure the school's contribution to student learning in three areas: School Environment, Student Performance and Student Progress. Schools can receive additional credit for achieving exemplary performance progress among high-needs students. Progress Report Grades range from A to F.

Source: New York City Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 1 71% 19%
Hispanic 1 22% 23%
White 2 4% 48%
Two or more races 1 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 1% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 0% 9%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 17%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 281%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 4%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 33%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 0%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
The NYC Department of Education asked parents, teachers and students about their school's learning environment. Results provide insight into school climate, such as whether the school is academically rigorous, safe, communicative and collaborative. Learn more

The information captured by the survey is designed to support a dialogue among all members of the school community about how to make the school a better place to learn. An overall category score is calculated for each respondent group (parents, teachers, or students) by averaging the scores of the questions within that survey category.

Category scores for each of the respondent groups are then combined to form overall category scores. Alongside the results for each school are the aggregated results across all NYC public schools, which are provided as a basis for comparisons.

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Based on 118 responses

This school provides ... 1

A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
7.9
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.3
 

City average

 
8.0
 
Clear, useful communication about educational goalsWhat's this?

This score measures whether parents, students and teachers feel that the school provides information about the school's educational goals and offers appropriate feedback on each student's learning outcome.

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This school
7.6
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.6
 

City average

 
7.8
 
Strong parent, teacher and student engagementWhat's this?

This score measures how engaged parents, students and teachers feel they are in an active and vibrant partnership to promote student learning.

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This school
7.6
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.0
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

This score measures how well parents, students and teachers feel that the school develops rigorous and meaningful academic goals that encourage students to do their best.

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This school
7.7
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.3
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents9443%
Teachers2486%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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134 W 122nd St
New York, NY 10027
Phone: (212) 678-2908

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