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Earth School

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 336 students

 

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Posted October 24, 2013

Earth school...where you go if you want your child to learn to learn.. not just take a test but to truly learn to think. to become a life learner. even better than just teaching the child the family as well learns soooo much:)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2012

I have a son that is in The Earth School's 1/2 bridge class.This school is just OK, academic wise. My son has been in this school for two years and for two years has been a year behind.I have spoken to many parents that have taken their children out of this school,which I myself are in the process in doing.This is a great school if you like your children to learn about the enviroment,nature,etc. But if you want your child to actually pass the state exams that are inevitable and are held against them during their academic career I suggest maybe trying a more traditional school. The best thing about the Earth School in my opinion would have to be the parent involvement.The Earth School is very parent friendly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2011

True to child-centered, process based and experiential learning. The Earth school is a haven for all learners. My children skip to school eager to explore the architecture, river, birds and compost around them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2010

Earth school is a place where children are nurtured & encouraged to use their own creativity to express themselves. Because of this children love to learn and love school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2009

We feel so fortunate to have the Earth School in our lives! It is a wonderful environment for child and parent alike. The Earth School is nuturing, yet holds the child accountable for his/her actions. It has a progressive curriculum, but still has a strong emphasis on math and literacy. It allows for children to express themselves in a myriad of ways, yet also adheres to structure and routine. It has been a fabulous environment for both my children who are both well above the reading and math levels for their age group. We will be so sad to leave it in just a few short years for middle school. I could not recommend it more highly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2009

The staff and parents at The Earth School collaborate to know our children well and to support them both academically and as caretakers of the Earth. Come for a tour because our community speaks for itself.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 23, 2009

The Earth School is all about being part of a community...the school, the neighborhood, the world. Children of mixed ages and abilities work together to explore and interact with the world around them. In addition to the mandated standard public school curriculum, each child is actively encouraged to pursue his or her interests to the fullest potential of their abilities. Classes are small, with a high child to teacher ratio. I wish the Earth School went up through high-school!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2009

What's not to love about the Earth School? I have twin boys who are now in 4th grade who started Earth School as Kindergarteners. All of our friends have always been so impressed by their curiosity, knowledge on wide variety of issues and how well spoken they are while talking about their interests and wonderings. The Earth School is a great place to send your children if you are interested in REAL EDUCATION! So much of today's education has returned to drill and kill and test-prep but Earth School gets it right. They know good education is the best way to prepare our children for any test but more importantly for a life-long passion for learning as a productive member of our society! They understand the importance of social studies and science and do a marvelous job infusing math and literacy throughout very engaging, rich core studies that allow the children to deeply study 2-3 themes over the year. My children STILL can tell you everything you ever (or never ;)) wanted to know about pigeons and the postal service, 2 of their themes from their Kindergarten core study! High expectations are not just a buzz word here. High expectations are a way of life here with amazing support for families and the whole learner.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2009

This is a wonderful little. My children have been attending Earth since 2000. It is a special place where children learn and grow as whole people. They get a chance to see the world as the diverse place that it is. The teachers work hard to educate themselves so that they are able to guide our children in a positive, nurturing and challenging environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2009

The earth school is the ideal environment for young kids. Nurturing, while focused on education. Respectful, with a core curriculum that applies to children's life and community. I couldn't have asked for a better fit for my daughter. She loves school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2009

Smart compassionate staff that cares about their students and the community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

The Earth School is amazing school where children learn to love learning and how to learn! They have hands on activities which incorporate the curriculum-such as gardening, cooking, studying the natural world around them. They also learn to cooperate with others in ways I've never seen in elementary school. They are given tools and guidance to resolve conflict, respect others and work well together, regardless of gender, race or class differences.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

My 8 year old daughter comes home happy, healthy and nourished in all the ways that parents hope for.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

Earth School is a fabulous place to learn. The teachers are creative and enthusiastic, the parents support great programming, the principal cares. The weekly 'town meetings' for the kids and the art program run by Patrice are wonderful and the after-school program at the school is an added value.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

Earth School has by far exceeded my expectations. Parent/Teacher/Administrator communication and collaboration are at the heart of the school creating a unique learning environment for the children. Student to Teacher Ratio is small, children are taught to build community with their peers, are taught sustainability, diversity, as well as reading, math, music, art, P.E. etc. Our child is happy everyday. He loves school. Loves his classmates, loves his teacher. Focus is on HOW students learn, not just WHAT they learn. Parent community is strong, organized, amazing, and super involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

No need to brag, its good for not teaching that bragging is important, focuses on developing good humans, not robots capable of taking tests. Think of how intelligent those bankers are, who have just fleeced the american people of trillions. We need good people, people whose values are in the right place. Earth school does its best to do this in the face of the valueless and mindless education system where test good scores equal good humans.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

The best teachers, diversity of students, parents and curriculum in the country.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

The Earth School has taught my children to be curious about the world, confident in themselves, and caring towards others. It is a gentle and creative environment that allows children to be who they are. My kids love to learn and love going to school each day. What more could a parent want?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

The Earth School is a small progressive NYC public school with teachers who do everything they can to nurture the whole child in the hustle and bustle of stressful city life. The children care for their garden, cook with the herbs they grow, program robots, stretch in yoga, run and play in gym, read with upper grade buddies, and come together to sing at weekly town meetings. The Chancellor Joel Klein said on a visit 'if all schools were like The Earth School, I wouldn't have a job.'
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

Earth school encourages idividuality and creativity in all students. Because of this, learning becomes a fun activity, not a task which the children dread. My child cannot wait to come to school each day to engage in new experiences in learning. earth school makes math and reading, fun, so that a child wants to learn more and more each day.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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 31% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
74%
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 2012-2013 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. 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 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
50%
Math

The state average for Math was 36% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
58%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
92%
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 2012-2013 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. 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 31% in 2013.

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
49%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
61%
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 2012-2013 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. 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

All Students24%
Female37%
Male0%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White43%
Economically disadvantaged17%
Not economically disadvantaged33%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant24%

Math

All Students27%
Female32%
Male18%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged17%
Not economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant27%
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 2012-2013 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. 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.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

All Students44%
Female47%
Male42%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White53%
Economically disadvantaged17%
Not economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population54%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant44%

Math

All Students42%
Female36%
Male48%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic0%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population48%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant42%

Science

All Students89%
Female82%
Male95%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities77%
General population93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant89%
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 2012-2013 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. 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.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

All Students25%
Female36%
Male14%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic13%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged0%
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population33%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English25%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant25%

Math

All Students22%
Female31%
Male14%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic7%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged7%
Not economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population30%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English22%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant22%
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 2012-2013 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. 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.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

In 2009-2010, this school was given a grade of "D" 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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 1 36% 23%
White 2 36% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 13% 9%
Black 1 13% 19%
Two or more races 2 2% 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 166%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 16%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 36%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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9.1
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City average
8.0
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Parents

This school

 
9.1
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.1
 

City average

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

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This school
9.0
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
9.2
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.8
 

City average

 
7.8
 
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This school
9.0
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.9
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.0
 

City average

 
7.8
 
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This school
9.0
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.8
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents16158%
Teachers2087%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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