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Ps 212 Midtown West

Public | K-5 | 344 students

 
 

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Posted September 16, 2013

This is my son's second year at Midtown West and he could not be happier!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2008

this school is a great school my son went there last year but he graudated he cried he still wished he went there
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2007

Just a really friendly, warm, relaxed little school. Only two classes per grade and the teachers have the kids for two years, so everyone gets to know everyone well. The principal is very warm and genuinely seems to enjoy and like and get kids, and they like him back. The diversity is a real strength, as is the highly involved artsy musical parent body. It can get chaotic there, but cheerfully so. The school is like a family, in that you see its flaws but you can't help loving it. The Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations are always a highlight of the year for me.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2006

Although I am not a parent of the school, I was blessed to have the opportunity to be a student teacher in a Kindergarten class. I am from Australia and I felt so warmly welcomed into the school community by students, parents and staff over the 4 week period. A fantastic school offering an abundance of after school program activities. From my experience, the level of parent involvement was extremely high, with parents involved in field trips, lunchtime supervision and well informed of the day to day runnings of thier childs classroom practices and experiences. Thank you for having my MTW and I will forever be grateful for my unfogettable and most rewarding experience.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 26, 2005

I am a parent of a kindergarten student and I am extremely disappointed in Midtown West thus far. I feel that the school is overcrowded and unorganized.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2005

Midtown West offers a wonderful learning community. The teacher and parents work collaboratively to ensure a rich learning environment for each child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2005

Good (or bad): very progressive, high parent involvement. Excellence: teachers' passion to teach students. Negative: crowded
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2005

Do not credit the present principal for this good school, credit the former principal. the current is a hide away principal. the academics are very good. some of the day to day methods, such as rewards with sweets, are questionable. there is diversity here but a decided effort to cater to the arts community, giving very well to do actors. a place to send thier kids to school for free and avoiding the private school tuition. a very good level of parental involvement...a very high level actually. but too much mixing of special ed kids into the regular classrooms causing disruption, and distracting kids who can be distracted. there has been a lot of turnover in the art classes in terms of teachers. music program is great but it depends on one teacher only.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2004

Midtown West is a gem. The schools open door policy has been a blessing. There are parent and principal breakfasts regularly. The teacher's are dedicated. They love to teach and love the school. They give up their lunch hour so that they can supervise the playground along with parent volunteers. Everyone is on a first name basis. The collaborative approach to learning, lots of group oriented projects, is the best way for a child to learn and my child has blossomed here. The afterschool program is one of the best with ballet, modern and tap dance with a former Alvin Aliley dancer who is also a teacher here, swimming, juggling, theatre to name a few. The PTA is very strong and fund raising is heavily emphasized. This pays for programs like Media and Art. There may be a difficult transition to this relaxed environment for children who transfer from a more traditional one.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

55 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

55 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
89%
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.

52 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

52 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%
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.

52 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

53 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
87%
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 "A" 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
White 1 50% 48%
Hispanic 2 21% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 13% 9%
Black 1 12% 19%
Two or more races 2 4% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 24%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 125%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 9%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 45%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 292 responses

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This school
9.0
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.8
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.3
 

City average

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

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This school
9.1
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.9
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.4
 

City average

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

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This school
9.1
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.8
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.3
 

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
9.1
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.5
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents27494%
Teachers1882%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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328 W 48th St
New York, NY 10036
Phone: (212) 247-0208

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