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Ps 54 Hillside

Public | K-5 | 552 students

 

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Posted November 15, 2013

If I could give this school no stars I would just because of the complaints I have had in a few short months and those that have been voiced to me from at least 10 other parents with small children at the school. Even parents that volunteer there tell me that if possible I should get my child out. Even the counselor that interviewed her on the first day said she should be going to a better school. That's a shame.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2012

i hate this school iam a student who used to go to this school i was happy when graduated not because i passed but because that iam leaving this painfull school thabk lord.


Posted May 3, 2012

This school is terrible. I have 11 nieces/nephews from 3 different siblings attending either public or private schools in Queens and they are shocked to hear the lack of response for child safety and educational concerns. Classes are too large, 2 out of 3 of my child's teachers don't like children or are just tired of their jobs. The majority of the staff are extremely rude and unprofessional toward parent concerns in regards to educational needs and bullying. Before entering this school my child was happy and confident, so was I. After 2 year attendance my child lost self esteem. My child is petite and has been slapped, shoved, punched by boys and threatened by girls. My child is afraid to report her bullies bc she worries they will think she is lying. Despite my efforts by reporting these issues to the principal directly, my child continues to get hurt by the same child and new children. Children are not properly monitored to ensure good conduct and safety. They do not enforce policy or properly instruct against bullying. My child gets hurt and I get attitude from the staff and principal for trying to make an appt. A child gets hurt and its water under the bridge at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2011

I went to this school from K-4th grade before we moved down to Florida. Some of my absolute best childhood memories derive from this school. Best teachers, best times. So many plays, so many activites. I would not have turned into the person that I am had I not had the spectacular schooling experience I had at PS 54. I especially remember my kingergarten teacher, Ms. Reyes. She was amazing, patient, and so kind. Wish I knew where she was now so I could thank her. It's funny to think that words that were said to me 26 years ago are still so fresh in my mind. I hope she is still teaching. I'm sure things have changed a lot since then. I am actually postive they have. But I felt the need to post that even though there are some negative things being said about this school, it was great to me.


Posted February 16, 2011

this school not good i rate 1 sorry! but is true u see a boy got bully is not safe so the mothers should not talk there just say there safe but is unsafe


Posted April 9, 2010

This school has excellent teachers and a great Y Program- I'm very happy my daughter Angie Terrero attends this school! Jane C Feiden
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2010

This school is a good school. I trust for my children to attend this school because the leadership is excellent, parents involvement is good and safety and discipline are inforce.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2010

I have 9yrs old in grade 3. I am a single mother that work seven days a week, and I want the best for my child. Ps 54 is an excellent school. My daughter loves her teacher; she is excited to go to school each day. But the problem is us parent we can t allow the teacher alone to do all the work. We have to help them at home too. Playing video games and playing with toy will not help them. I know as parents we also need time for our self, and it s very hard. But we have to try and try harder, as I said I work 7day per week 9am to 6pm and I try and I still think I need to try harder.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2010

I strongly agree with that parent,...this school is the worst school in district 28. This new principal is doing a good job she is trying her best, but I think it's gone too far.(good luck).As for the Parent Coordinator ..I dont think she is qulified for that possition..she is not doing her job, she should take more training, or she can go and see what other schools Parent Cooridinator are doing to help parents. This Parent Cooridinator only set up workshops for one group of parents to attend.(her friends) We dont need so much of workshops. We need more communications, She think she is a teacher, she MUST understand she is NOT a teacher, she is there to help us the PARENTS. I never see her helping the PTA in any events, The PTA are parents who are helping us and the school. She never return our phone call.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2009

This school is great, I think every student is treated fairly. techers, principal and the PTA are very helpful. it is a safe place for every child to learn. Students are getting the best education at their leavel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2009

this school is the worst i can't wait to pull my kids out of there they don't have they education they need!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2009

The school is a great school. The teacher is wonderful, friendly and helpful to the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2003

I have a 7 year old in 1st grade. I am a working single mother who wants the best for her child. Including a good school and excellent teachers. At the end of the day my daughter and I discuss her day at school and all I hear is how she loves her teachers and her studies. She shows so much interest in her studies. I think the teachers she has had have instilled a desire to learn in her that has made me very proud and following up with her in her school work shows me that she has a great understanding of what is being taught in class. I think she really loves to learn and will continue to. Her intelligence in other activities comes from the strong basics she has picked up in her school.


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.

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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 31% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
35%
Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
51%
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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
48%
Math

The state average for Math was 36% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
46%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

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 31% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
42%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
49%
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 Students21%
Female24%
Male17%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander29%
Hispanic16%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged21%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities0%
General population24%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English25%
Non-migrant21%

Math

All Students33%
Female23%
Male46%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander41%
Hispanic29%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities8%
General population37%
English language learners10%
Proficient in English40%
Non-migrant33%
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 Students27%
Female30%
Male25%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander47%
Hispanic15%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities0%
General population33%
English language learners7%
Proficient in English31%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant27%

Math

All Students29%
Female32%
Male28%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander44%
Hispanic16%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities6%
General population35%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English38%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant29%

Science

All Students77%
Female78%
Male76%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander79%
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities44%
General population84%
English language learners42%
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant77%
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 Students23%
Female23%
Male22%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander37%
Hispanic14%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged23%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities0%
General population28%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English27%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant23%

Math

All Students25%
Female19%
Male28%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander24%
Hispanic23%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged25%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities6%
General population29%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English30%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant25%
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 "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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 2 47% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 36% 9%
Black 2 11% 19%
White 1 5% 48%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 2% 1%
Two or more races 1 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 121%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 288%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 0%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 83%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 375 responses

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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

 
8.4
 

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
8.3
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

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

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This school
8.0
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.9
 

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
8.1
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents34574%
Teachers3081%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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86-02 127th St
Richmond Hill, NY 11418
Phone: (718) 849-0962

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