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Tag Young Scholars

Public | K-8 | 495 students

 

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Posted Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tag young scholars is for children who wish to be challenged. The teachers are excellent. PTA is wonderful. Parents are friendly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2014

Strengths is it's diversity and curriculum with active staff. GEM in NYC, prepares kids for specialized HS and boarding/private schools. Test taking, organizational, communication, and technical skills are all balanced nicely with the limits budget, PTA is active to supplement programs. Sports and arts is probably not as strong as other schools due to budget but we supplement with programs at Lincoln center and sports leagues. Disclosure: we have two children at TAG and they/we are very happy
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2014

It's a Great School, the teachers are great, the atmosphere is conducive to learning. I wish that there were more activities for boys as they are more active. Gym once a week is not enough. Children need not only academics but a chance to be a kid. The daily homework can be taxing on a child. Don't get me wrong it's a great school, however it needs enhancements in music, sports, and activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2014

Welcoming environment where the children are challenged, supported, and nurtured. Dedicated faculty and staff. Principal is first rate. Very happy my third grade son is a student and I am proud to be a TAG parent! PTA is awesome as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2014

Standards are very high at TAG and it is a wonderful place for my child to learn. The teachers are absolute gems- they are creative with the curriculum and dedicated to helping every child shine. From what I can see, it also seems that teachers are well supported by the administration. The students are smart, but they are also kind and respectful- and with so many TAG families coming from diverse cultural backgrounds and neighborhoods around NYC they learn from each other and are forming a beautiful community of their own. My child loves this school and I wish I could give TAG 5 stars, but the reality is that it has a way to go in terms of offering students a more rounded education. Kids lack access to physical activity (no school playground, no organized team sports) and arts programming- though the visual arts and middle school music programs are terrific. TAG could also do a lot more with the Technology program. But in general changes are headed in the right direction at TAG and our family feels we are part of a special school community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2014

TAG has proved to be a fantastic school for my daughter. She is part of a wonderfully diverse community. Her peer group is outstanding. The teachers, administrators, and staff in the building are committed, beyond belief, to supporting and nurturing the children each and every day. The parents are united in supporting the school and finding ways to leverage resources to ensure that TAG offers a enriching educational experience to all the young scholars.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2013

My daughter has been attending since 1 year. It has been a great experience. Very hard working teachers. Principal is very dedicated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2013

Great curriculum. Many enrichment activities. PTA is very innovative and dedicated. One of the best schools in NY.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

I feel honored that my DD has the opportunity to attend TAG. The parents are warm and welcoming. The education professionals are focused on challenging our children and it motivates them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

I am a parent who has a 7 year old/2nd grader at the TAG School. My son formerly went to public school in Elmhurst/Queens. There is clear and sharp improvement in his reading, writing and math skills. More importantly my son's attitude towards his education has improved dramatically He is suddenly inspired to learn and is enjoying every bit of his experience at TAG. The teachers are passionate and employ innovative teaching curriculum. The PTA is very proactive and works closely with the schools administration to address both the school and the student's needs. Because of the small size of the student population, it has a very "collegial" if not "familial" atmosphere. The commute from Queens is challenging but worth the effort.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

TAG is amazing. It cares every aspect of students growth. All the teachers here work extremely hard and care about every single student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2013

I would not want my children to go to any other gifted public school. Where else would you find such a diverse gifted school? The students are sweet and polite. The academics are rigorous and challenging. All of the teachers go above and beyond for the children. The PTA is exceptional and gives 110% to the school. I am proud to say my kids love going to school every day and look forward to meeting their teachers and classmates. The only downside is that we don t have our own building. We have to shire space with a high school. Space is a big issue for our kids. They have gym once a week and crazy lunch schedules. Our kids deserve more from the board of education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2013

Not only the students are a diverse group, the teachers and staff as well. Many of the parents in TAG are active in participating in school activities. There are always parent volunteers on school trips. Their curriculum really challenges the students and they offer many different programs as well as after school activities. The only down side to the school is that they share the building with high schoolers from Esperanza. Many parents were disappointed when we lost the fight to the school expansion.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2013

This is a "jewel in the rough" kind of school. The teachers are fabulous and impose extremely high standards. Their writing requirements would make many adults blanche. Many adults have shabby skills today because their teachers unfortunately were not strict enough with them, letting typos and sloppy grammar pass. The students are wonderful. For geeky nerdy kids of all social strata, this is a safe haven where no one is put down for wanting to learn. TAG needs to raise more money but already has great diversity (NEST needs diversity, though it has money). The current PTA is extremely high morale and has planned lots of cultural, sports, social and fund raising events which are important for community building, given that the students hail from five boroughs. Sure, the school is in a mean and scary neighborhood at night and in darkness. However, in the daytime, it is perfectly fine, tons of people walking to work, taking kids to school, no shootings or muggings. NEST's neighborhood is no great shakes either. I have never felt my child is unsafe once she is inside the building. Gym and PE could be improved but this is true at virtually every school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2013

By far the most diverse population of all the G & T schools in NYC, with a strong emphasis on academics. Honestly I had to catch myself after the first few months of complaining about how rigorous the courseload was, not to mention the amount of homework, and say "HELLO" that's why you wanted your child at a gifted school ... so he would be pushed and challenged and held to a higher standard! The new PTA is very dedicated and is working tirelessly to bring new programs and address the shortcomings with respect to extracurricular activities, with new programs like Chess and Piano after school, a debate team, Sunrise Spanish, Phys Ed Plus,etc. added all in the space of a year. With the increase in parent involvement and better school morale, I am excited to see what the future holds for TAG as it seems to just be getting better and better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2013

Excellent School. Rigorous curriculum that challenges gifted youngsters. My now soon to be 1st grader loves the school and for me that is half of the learning process. If a well adjusted child is happy with there learning environment, that is a child that will perform. We are both looking forward to the next chapter!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2013

To the poster who said that there are only enrichment offerings for K-2, that is simply untrue. While K is offered a general music class, 1 - 4 have weekly violin instruction, and 5 - 8 has a full fledged band program with instruction in wind instruments, and a fabulous band instructor. There is also a glee club for the middle school students. K -5 (NOT just K-2) have art (once a week), technology (twice a week), physical education (once a week) science (twice a week). The reason only K - 2 has spanish in the morning before school starts is because it is ALREADY offered within the curriculum in 4 - 8. The PTA would like to expand it to K - 3 so all grades (K-8) are covered. There are weekly enrichment clubs during the first semester, and weekly enrichment clubs during the spring after the NY State tests are over, with offerings like Stone Age Art, Puppetry, Mask Making, Art History, Theater, Robotics, Fitness & Health. There is a Junior Great books program for 1-8, Latin for 3rd grade, and Story Pirates for 3rd grade. K & 1 go to the 92nd street Y for music performances several times throughout the year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2013

TAG is a vibrant school with a rigorous (not rigid) curriculum combined with a wide array of enrichment offerings. There are many dedicated parents at the school who care deeply about helping both the school and the children reach their full potential. My child is eager to go school every day, loves her teacher and has developed wonderful friendships with her peers. I feel lucky to have found such a gem of school which is truly unlike any other school in the city. I am impressed with the level of parent commitment, not only to their own child, but to students across grades. For example, the highly successful math team for the upper grades is run by a brilliant lower school parent who volunteers his time to the group, and who helps tutor other students at the school for free. The debate team for the middle school is run by a lower school parent volunteering his time as well, and the robotics team is run by a former TAG parent, assisted by a parent of a lower grade student. And the fabulous talent show this year was put together by a lower school parent who left work early every day to help both middle school and lower school students develop their acts and rehearse.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2013

TAG is a great school. Writing negative reviews on a public website simply demoralizes the community that your child is a part of and is unproductive. Share your concerns with directly with the other parents at the school and organize to make a difference instead.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2013

It's interesting that Great Schools gives TAG a "10" rating - which has to be due to the test scores. While TAG's test scores are high, so is the amount of test prep packets done in class & for HW in grades 3-8. The curriculum could be greatly improved compared to the other city-wide G&T's who have been using Singapore Math for years I heard that TAG is JUST NOW considering Singapore. Although our students get prepped well for testing they are not immersed in a wide variety of enrichment so they can be well-rounded, independent learners. Some PTA parent will argue that students have violin, early morning Spanish, and chess however, those are lower grades enrichment teasers that aren t continued 3-8. My 6th grader felt that violin was a joke only 7-10 students use them at a time while the rest of the class just sits in the auditorium reading & doing busy work not even related to music. Other schools have K-8 chess programs & teams, TAG only offers it K-2 and then students are left to play at their leisure oops, no leisure time because they don t even have chess or other board games during recess. No wonder some kids lose it & run wild when they get a free moment.
—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.

80 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
96%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
98%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

80 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
94%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
100%
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.

55 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

55 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
91%

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
100%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%
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.

57 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

57 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
91%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
96%
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.

56 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

56 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
92%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
97%
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.

48 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

48 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
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 36% in 2014.

50 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

50 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%
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 and 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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 2 46% 19%
Hispanic 2 29% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 19% 9%
White 2 4% 48%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 1% 1%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 20%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 150%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 5%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 23%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
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This school
8.2
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

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

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This school
7.7
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.0
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
7.8
 
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This school
7.5
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
6.8
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
7.8
 
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This school
8.3
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.6
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
8.8
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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Parents41888%
Students14699%
Teachers24100%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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