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Ps 63 Old South

Public | K-5 & ungraded | 1342 students

 

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Posted May 29, 2014

I took my daughter out of this school after the 2012-2013 school year and placed her in a private school. That was the best decision I could have made to help further her education. PS63 is not bad, but they can definitely use some work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2014

So far this is a very good public schools. The teachers my daughter has have been very caring!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2014

this school could use some work and maybe start some small groups. i can't wait to get out of this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2013

I absolutely love p.s.63 my daughter struggle in her school work she has come so far in her,learning process i love the teachers at p.s.63 they are absolutely dedicated to their students they have a good open communication with the parents the only thing that i am disappointed about p.s.63 is the two very dedicated security guards are no longer there my daughter is very upset and unhappy because she has known these two wonderful ladies since she started kingergarten she always greet.these two ladies with a smile and a hug her heart is broken please bring her favorite security guards back
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2013

The teachers are incredibly caring and encourage students however the principal is a bully who needs to be replaced.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2013

My children just attended kindergarten and I must say that their teachers were excellent. Very happy with their growth and communication skills. They absolutely loved their teachers and I can see that their teachers genuinely cared about all of their students. I hope this year the teachers are just as wonderful. Their teachers were Ms. Peyton and Ms. Levy...thank you both so very much.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2013

ps 63 q. Excellent school. Graduated in the 90s. Everyone is friendly as well as the community.


Posted May 10, 2012

I was very happy when my older children attended this school. However, there is a new principal and things don't seem the same. The teachers all seem very unhappy and this has to affect the students. I am afraid it is not the great place it used to be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2011

as a parent you always want what's best for your children. I had my daughter in private school for kindergaten, she was not doing good at all, so we decided to put her in p.s 63 for first grade and it was the best thing we did. She learn so fast with the help of her first grade teacher miss. Rottino. Miss Rottino helped my daughter in a way that only a confident teacher would help a child who need that extra time to learnd her shapes,colors even to read at her age level. Im so greatfull for what miss Rottino did with my dauther. Now i have my other two children attending p.s 63. Is the best school ever!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2010

I was a student of this school back in the late 80"s until graduation. I must say, when you go back to your school and still see teachers that were there when you were knee high to a grass hopper, it makes you feel good. Take it from me, you will always remember your K-6 grade teachers. After all, those are the years where you first start to learn about life and what numbers and letters mean. I still remember methods of doing math that Mrs. Lombardo and Mrs. Feta taught me. To make a long story short, P.S. 63 is one of the best schools within the city of New York and I highly recommend it for you and your family. Get Involved! The area has changed thanks to our government, but that won't change the quality of education your child will receive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

My daughter's Kindergarten teacher is Wonderful, Mrs. Carroll and my daughter has learned so much since she's been in this school. Thanks again Mrs. Carroll.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2009

I absolutely love this school. I couldnt have asked for a better elementary school for my son. He is learning things that I dont remember learning at his age. He has teachers (especially) this year that truly cares. I am so happy my son is going to PS 63 I will be very upset when he has to graduate in 5th Grade. The test grade results are so high for that school. On top of everything, he has been playing an instrument since 2nd grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2009

My children go to this school its a great school because the teachers are very involve with the students... But there is one thing I do not like is the saftey once a parent picking up their children before school is over the office dose not ask for Identification to realese the child and thats a big concern anyone after they signing the paper & passing the security guard can wonder around in the school its not safe !!! Its something us parents should talk about with the P.T.A but other than that large concern its pretty good to have teachers that are caring and understanding =)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2009

This school is great. Very very good academic programs, after school, parent involvement and lots of great opportunities for kids. Principal is very involved with kids and above average
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2008

ok first you are not a teacher.....if you were you should been have able to write a short understandable statement.If you are a teacher then I think that you have more things to worry about then parents working with their children.What grade do you teach ??? All the teachers that i have come in contact at p.s.63q have been wonderful,and find ways to work with all the kids so that it isn't just learning but also enjoyable at the same time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2008

As a teacher, I would love to work this inmy class that aprreciate what is being taught. It's not time for a social hour. The parents have been saying on thing and then not helping out their children at all. But then we get blamed at the teachers.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 25, 2008

My daughters go to ps 63 and the teachers are awesome
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2008

My son graduated from 63 in 2007 and now my daughter goes there. I love all the teachers!!!! Beginning with 1rst grade to the 5th grade. They have the most dedicated teachers. My son received such a wonderful education that has helped him so much in middle school. My hats off to all the Staff at 63.....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2008

I have 2 children in this school 1 in 5th and 1 in 4th I myself attended this school and i have nothing but great things to say My children enjoy school they are top students and I am very thankful to the staff at PS 63 for providing a safe and caring environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2007

I have encountered a school full of problems and incompetence. This is our last year and we are so happy. If success, confidence and a well run school is on your list. This is not it.
—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.

219 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
34%

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
57%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

224 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
66%
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.

193 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
35%

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
60%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

200 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

203 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%
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.

202 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
23%

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
61%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

210 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
82%
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 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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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 1 55% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 31% 9%
White 1 7% 48%
Black 2 6% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 1% 1%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 13%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 281%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 1%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 58%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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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
8.3
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.2
 

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
8.0
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.4
 

City average

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

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This school
7.9
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.5
 

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
8.2
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents63361%
Teachers5968%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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90-15 Sutter Ave
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