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Ms 255 Salk School Of Science

Public | 6-8 & ungraded | 386 students

 

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2011:
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Posted August 27, 2008

My daughter attends Salk. She loves the small community and great student. The teachers and administrators are warm, caring and nuturing. The environment as a whole is conducive for learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2008

I love the salk school of science! I've made so many new friends and learned so many things!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 28, 2008

Challenging curriculum, nurturing and caring teachers and great kids makes this a truly excellent school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2007

this school is a great school if you're looking for a tight, small community for you child. In this school everyone knows everyone and if you ever have trouble with anything there is an abundantly of teachers there to help. The thing Salk is lacking though is an adamant sport abundance and music.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 29, 2006

I am a allumi to The Salk School Of Science. I graduated from there 5 years ago. The small population of students at the school help students feel like individuals and help the students get the individual attention they need.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 9, 2006

great school! the principal is very professional. The students are very bright. There is a diverse student body. The teachers are extremely committed.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 25, 2006

Sound academic programs, including art and physical education. 8th grade science and humanities were taught well. Infusion from NYU MD/PhD programs a plus. Principal and staff superb. No accelerated classes/Regents available however.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2005

My son is in the 8th grade at Salk, and attending this school has been a great experience for him and for us. Each class has around 25 students - small for NYC middle school, and the teachers really connect to the students. Students call teachers by their first names, everyone knows each other in the school, and students see their teachers as resources. While the work is challenging, teachers make themselves available to help students who don't get it. Also, the kids are not overwhelmed with too much homework. While there is no music, their is an art program. Kids play sports during gym, while track and basketball teams play other schools during the season. Salk also has clubs on Wednesdays during the school days. Clubs range from chess to analyzing Hitchcock films, so there really is something for everyone. Parents are welcome to drop by the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2005

This school offers a very intimate setting, all students are known by the principal by name. The school is lacking music and the sports are minimal. Since the science and math teachers are the same it can be great or awful. All in all it is a warm atmosphere.
—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 29% in 2014.

126 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

126 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
94%
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 29% in 2014.

119 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

119 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
93%
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 36% in 2014.

125 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%
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 "B" for the middle 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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 1 64% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 19% 9%
Hispanic 2 13% 23%
Black 2 5% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Two or more races 1 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 10%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 215%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 0%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 48%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

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students School social worker/counselors(s)
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Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Gym
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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 601 responses

This school provides ... 1

A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
8.9
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
9.0
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.1
 

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
8.7
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.8
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.9
 

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
8.7
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.8
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.0
 

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
8.8
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.2
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents19853%
Students38099%
Teachers2392%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MS. RHONDA PERRY

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus
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320 E 19th St
New York, NY 10003
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