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Amistad Dual Language School

Public | K-8 & ungraded | 432 students

 

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Posted April 17, 2014

My husband, daughter and I love Amistad and the close knit community! Kids have a strong bond since they start in Kindergarten and go up together until 8th grade. There is a nice mix of kids and the teachers are nurturing. the PTA is awesome and does a great job of communicating updates. The challenge of learning in Spanish and English is something my daughter will benefit later down the road for sure.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2012

My daughter just got accepted to Amistad and I can't wait for the overcome. Amistad was my first choice in Elementary School and I totally support the bilingual program they offer. I know my child will excel in this school and I will always support this school. Education is the key to success!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2012

I am an 8th grader at Amistad Dual Language School. I have attended this school since kindergarten. There is a surprising lack of bullying and discrimination between kids. There are about 45 students per grade, and in most cases, not many people come and go. Students are mixed with different students from year to year so that children get to have the chance to interact with everyone in their grade. The community is very tightly woven and because it is so small, by your senior year, you end up getting to know every one of your peers. There isn't a single kid that I haven't at least had a conversation with out of the students in our junior high. Everyone is very supportive of each other and if a new student enters the school, we try our best to make them feel welcome, within a week they feel as though they have been in Amistad for years. School is a very safe place here, and teachers, even if they have not taught you, know your name, and are willing to help with any issues you may have.The academic and art programs exceed those of other schools close by in the neighborhood, although not many have even heard of it, Amistad Dual Language School has a lot to offer.


Posted March 1, 2012

Amistad is a great school with caring, nurturing teachers, well organized class rooms. My son is in Kindergarten he absolutely loves it! He started reading the first month of school and has progressed since and has a passion for reading that is thrilling to see, he can't wait until next year when he gets to learn to read in Spanish. In Kindergaten the English students must dominate reading in English, Spanish students dominate reading in Spanish. They have a strong music class the teacher is wonderful my son plays piano and really enjoys music class! I feel very lucky to be part of this school and to know my kids will one day be bilingual and ready to face the global world!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2011

My son is in Kindergarden at Amistad and he is excelling in many ways do to the amazing teachers' and academic program! He is starting to read and articulate himself in ways he hasn't before, he is thrilled about learning Spanish and it's pretty remarkable to hear him sing he's alphabet and numbers in Spanish. My husband and i have toured the private sector as well, Amistad really holds it'd own weight as far as academics, arts, language, amazing music program, and keeping the kids engaged. WE are very happy with our decision and look forward to the future!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2010

I had a tour today and really saw a close knit community. The children were all VERY well behaved and focused. They seemed happy and engaged. The Principal, Miriam, was very friendly and clearly felt very proud of her school. This school has a strong commitment to teaching in both English and Spanish. They have test scores to prove their method is ideal, and all of the students upon graduating have passed all exams in both English and Spanish, which again the school is very proud of. There was a great diversity present and very active parents volunteers everywhere you turned. This school did not have a CTT program which I really feel should be their next focus. They did have an inclusion classroom which looked happy and well run. Still they are missing the in-between with no CTT classrooms. This has become my first choice Charter school.


Posted May 26, 2010

The Amistad Dual language School/La Escuela Amistad de Dos Idiomas is an English/Spanish dual language instruction elementary and intermediate school (K-8) located in the Inwood section of Manhattan. The curriculum is top notch and the children are provided with a progressive and stimulating environment for learning. The school leadership is highly involved, with the principal, Miriam Pedraja-Moreno and parent coordinator Eulalia Lugo highly visable and approachable. The teaching staff is deeply committed to their student's progress, incorporating many innovative techiniques to reach the highly varied student population, which is drawn from throughout School District 6. Parent involvement is good but could improve, especially PTA meeting turn out. Overall, an outstanding educational asset for the children of District 6.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

Where else can your kids learn math in Spanish, how to play the violin, catalog frogs on an overnight trip to a forestry station, and also pick up some pretty amazing bilingual jumprope songs?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2010

It's a wonderful school. It give the opportunity to English spoken students to learn Spanish as a second language. The school as a lot to offer to our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

I'm so amaze how my first grade daughter is able to express her in both language very well. She very thrilled to go to school very day because every day she learning something new. I'm very happy with Amistad School teachers and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

My son is a second grader, he reads and writes Spanish and English fluently.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

My daughter excels in English but is also very strong in Spanish, which is great coming from an English-speaking family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

For giving my son the opportunity to be alphabetize both in English and Spanish. The staff have been very supportive with my son and I....My son is in the second grade and he is enjoying every minute of it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

is a very good school with wanderful teachers my children are happy to study there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2010

A wonderful small school community/learning environment!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2010

Amistad is a wonderful learning environment with caring, exceptional teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2010

It's a wonderful school, that helps children embrace other cultures and languages. They become bi-literate and bilingual and in a NYC school with so little support from the DOE to have an admistration that cares, teachers that are dedicated and caring and support staff willing to put in extra for our kids, is truly a blessing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2010

Amistad is a caring community of faculty and staff, with terrific teachers. They are committed to giving the best for our children's education, which includes helping them become bilingual.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2010

I love the dual language model -- what an amazing gift to give our children (that we can't easily do ourselves) -- being billingual or well on the way, opens up a whole new world to our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2010

I love having my son in Amistad because they treat both cultures that my son is growing up in as 1. There's not 2nd. language but one culture which is great. I can't wait for my daughter to join 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.

48 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
21%

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
29%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

48 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
29%

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
67%
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.

42 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
22%

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
59%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

43 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
25%

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
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 30% in 2014.

40 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
16%

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
53%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

40 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
18%

2013

 
 
9%

2012

 
 
80%
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.

44 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
30%

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
63%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

44 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
29%

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
70%
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.

46 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
43%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

46 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
29%

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
83%
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.

40 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
49%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

40 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
33%

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
61%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%
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
Hispanic 2 87% 23%
White 1 8% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 3% 9%
Black 1 2% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 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 223%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 171%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 7%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 388 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
8.6
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
9.1
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
7.8
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.0
 

City average

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

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This school
8.5
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
9.0
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.8
 

City average

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

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

Parents

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
7.4
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.7
 

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
8.7
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.8
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.2
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents22665%
Students131100%
Teachers3194%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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4862 Broadway
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