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Hamilton Heights School

Public | K-5 | 234 students

 

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Posted Monday, September 15, 2014

I have 2 children at Hamilton Heights one in the 4th grade and the other in 1st. I absolutely love the school, the teachers are great, the staff is wonderful. One of the reasons why I chose this school was because of its diverse community and small class size. I am an active parent I volunteer and I am a class parent. The curriculum is great love that children are learning mandarin and spanish. They never want to leave school. That shows that they trust and enjoy being at school. We are really a family and I can't wait to see what the future has to offer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2014

As a teacher at PS 368 I am so proud to say I work here. I rated our school 4 stars out of 5 only because I know we are going to continue to grow in so many exciting ways in the coming years. I have worked at three different schools in New York City and visited many others all across the country, and the diversity of HHS's community and its commitment to family engagement is unparalleled. School staff, families and students are all dedicated to lifelong learning and making education a powerful and relevant experience for all children in the building. Very excited to be a part of the HHS school community.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 16, 2014

HHS is a school where kids are engaged, teachers are innovative, and parents are welcome! We've been there for 3 years and it's truly a "community of learners" like their motto says. I love the way the school not only encourages individual achievement but also helping others in your class, grade, school and even community. Academically, it's not a one-size-fits-all pedagogy. The teachers practice many progressive techniques like morning meetings (where students share what's happening in their lives) and project based learning. But they really seem to try to figure out what each individual child needs to succeed. In addition, there is a full time Music Teacher, Dance Teacher, AND Science Teacher with dedicated classrooms for all three! Even outside of class there are many things that make HHS a special place such as the weekly sing-a-long where the whole school gets together to sing, share news, and recognize birthdays for the week and community service week where the kids collect money and good for local charities they decide chose together. All in all HHS is a wonderful place to send a kid where they will not only get great academics, but also learn to be an engaged citizen.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2014

Hamilton Heights has such an amazing staff plus parents--everyone is on board to make this an amazing school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2014

So far so good for my child, My son has been learnig a lot in this school and he likes it .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2014

This school embraces the individuality of its students and enhances children's creativity while encouraging them to aspire to their full potential.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2014

This is a small progressive school in Harlem with a very diverse socio-economic constituency. The teachers are amazing and very dedicated. The school has science, dance and music teachers, and the parents are currently raising money to bring an art program to the school. There is a strong sense of community, due to the small size of the school. Everybody knows everybody else, and parents are very involved. My daughter is in K and she is basically reading and writing by now, but at no time we felt that she was being "pressured" to learn. It all arose "naturally" in the classroom thanks to the amazing work of her teacher. Kids are well behaved, there are very few discipline issues at the school. I went to a ice skating field trip last month where the entire school took the subway down to Central Park and everything went smoothly -- the kids were just wonderful, and not because they were overly controlled by their teachers but simply because they seem to know the difference between good and bad behavior. This school is not for everybody -- you need to be on board with a progressive "education philosophy". But other than that, I strongly recommend it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2014

The thing I found most striking upon my first visit to Hamilton Heights and still today as my daughter is finishing her first year of Kindergarten is that the children are happy, comfortable and engaged. They truly thrive. Hamilton Heights teachers are wonderful, progressive, and truly enjoy their work. There is enormous parent participation in bettering areas where we are weak.. as I write a group of parents are organizing a grassroots fundraiser for a dedicated, year round art teacher. There is a great strength in the community and kinship of this school. I am proud that our family is a part of it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2014

This small, alternative public school has a terrific culture of community and learning. The parents are active, the administration is dynamic, and the teachers are first rate across the board. People are smiling in the classrooms and hallways, and everyone is civil and kind. Everyone involved in the school feels a sense of ownership and responsibility, and engages accordingly. It's economically and culturally diverse, which makes it welcoming and exciting. My daughter loves going to school here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2014

I took my child out of nearby Our Lady of Lourdes mid-year. While she was there I was told that she was "lazy" and was often reprimanded for exhibiting normal 5 year old behavior. I moved her to Hamilton Heights School and my previously "lazy" and "distracting" child blossomed and was welcomed with open arms by her teacher (love Ms. Meg!) and the administration. They look after her like she is their own child and I love the parent's involvement in the school. What I especially love is that everyone is accepted. The school is very diverse, and the differences are welcomed and celebrated every step of the way. I love that I can participate as much or as little as I'd like in the school and everyone is welcoming and encouraging of doing so. Switching my child was the best decision I could have ever made. My child used to cry in agony over not wanting to go to school, now I find her up, ready, and dressed every morning excited to see what she'll learn each day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2014

I am a parent at P.S.368, otherwise known as hamilton heights academy, and so far I have been pleased with my childs progress at the school. The school has a friendly enviornment, and my child enjoys working at school. The teachers do a good job when it comes to teaching the kids, and keep the parents constantley updated on what is going on.Overall, The school is great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2014

HHS is a lovely, warm, and vibrant community of great kids, teachers and parents. I'm a parent of a Kindergartener and have loved participating in several of HHS many traditions including: Sing-Along with the entire school on Fridays, School-wide and in-class potlucks, Ice-skating in Central Park and Spirit Week. My son raves about his teacher, feels safe in the school, and absolutely loves having dance and music classes every week. My son is getting what he needs to thrive and flourish. My family is happy to be part of the HHS community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2012

This is a wonderful school, our daughter has attended since kindergarten. Responsive classroom technique, excellent teachers, progressive, yet rigorous. Small class size!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2008

I must admit that my expectations for this school were very high. Coming from an early childhood center where the administration was orderly and the setting was friendly for my children, I was looking for some similarity in an elementary school. I had done my research on this school and got many positive reviews, so when I enrolled my child I thought he was going to my ideal school. As early as the first day, the lack of organization on behalf of the administration could be seen. It's been 4 weeks of school and I cannot say that I am satisfied with it. My only comfort is that my child is content with his teachers. 'Charter schools' are supposedly a better option in the schools selection process when compared to regular public schools, in this case I must say I see little difference. I have begun the school search process again.
—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.

12 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
25%

2013

 
 
5%

2012

 
 
46%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

12 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
34%

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
57%
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.

23 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
13%

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
35%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

24 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
17%

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
55%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%
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.

19 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
31%

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
42%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

19 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
10%

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
59%
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 "C" 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
Hispanic 2 62% 23%
Black 1 24% 19%
White 1 9% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 5% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 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 231%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 277%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 11%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 39%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 163 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
8.1
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.4
 

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
5.5
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
2.5
 

City average

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

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This school
6.6
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
4.8
 

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
7.5
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.7
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents15077%
Teachers1376%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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1750 Amsterdam Ave
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