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Ps 71 Forest

Public | K-5 & ungraded | 982 students

 

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Posted March 16, 2014

the new principle has changed many things about the school like she added "owl dollars"most the things that you can get with these owl dollars is what 5 th grade would usually get with the old principle if she is going to have theses things it should only be for 4th grade and under and give those things to 5th grade they've been looking at the past 5th graders enjoying all these things for 5 years and they couldn't wait until they were in fifth grade to get these.


Posted February 26, 2014

while the principal is new and seeks to involve parents and families on a greater level, the old staff is still the same and very selective in who they give their best service to. I am not impressed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 24, 2013

I love this school because it has clubs like the Recycling club with a good teacher ms Ryan.They have wonderful students like I once was now I'm following my dreams as a actress and artiest at my new school new voices ms 443 I will never forget all the wonderful teachers and community that forest elementary ps 71 Q gave me .but mostly I will never forget my friends in that school my friends were my teachers the assistant principals and the principal which allowed us to explore clubs and have a singing Competition at lunch so we don't get board so I'm grateful for that school i will never ever forget ps 71Q ever !!!!!!


Posted October 29, 2013

i use to go to this school.i now go to i.s383 a school for the gifted and talented. If u decide to send ur child there,trust me it is a great school.i had just graduate this school in 2012.My younger brother still goes to 71 and he still get a good score on his test. 1 thing i hope the school will change it that this school used to be a no uniform school. Kids in this school are still little,they do not wear inappropriate clothes. i think normal clothes are fine.


Posted October 26, 2013

PS 71 now has a new Principal who is a force of positiveness, has a great love for the children (she calls them her children) and her number one goal not only for her students, but also for parents is have an excellent education! She's a ROCK STAR! In the short time she has been at PS 71, she has created an atmosphere of success and has brought up the school moral. We are proud that she is our students' leader. Our school will go from a great school to an outstanding school and we are ready for it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2013

The new prinicipal at PS 71 is friendly and open to speaking to the parents. She is an advocate for great education and has implemented workshops for the parents. She has also re-implemented celebrations for the kids (they need positive re-inforcement for the hard work they do after all). The parents are happy to see her face and know that she cares about the students and the school. She makes herself available to staff, parents and students. The teachers seem more at ease now then in previous years. The overall atmosphere is lighter and more energetic. It is my opinion that she will make PS 71 a Grade A+ school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2013

The new principal of PS 71 is very friendly. It's nice to see and know who the principal of the school is! The AP's are also very present. The Parent Coordinator is hard working and relates to the parents. She holds creative and educational workshops for the parents as well as enjoyable family night events every month. The teachers are very caring and work very hard to implement great learning skills and get our children college and career ready. They work well with the parents and make me feel that my children are in good hands. I look forward to the school grade going up and keeping it's great status. Way to go PS 71 staff and teachers!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2013

PS 71 now has a new Principal who is a force of positiveness, has a great love for the children and her number one goal not only for her students, but also for the parents and educators is to have an excellent education! She's a ROCK STAR! In a short time, she has created an atmosphere of success and has brought up the school morale. We are proud that she is our students' leader. The teachers are outstanding! They are very effective and care about the students success. The security agent works diligently to keep the school safe and make the children feel at home. The Aides, Custodial & Lunch staff are the backbone of the school and really care about the students. The Parent Coordinator is the liaison between the staff and families. She holds educational and creative workshops for the parents. She also holds monthly enjoyable family night activities. The PA team and Office staff bring a feeling of warmth and welcome to the school. Being a staff member, student and parent at PS 71 is like being part of a big family. Everyone works together for the greater good. I am proud to have my children attend this school. Thank you PS 71!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2013

I am excited to know that there is a new Principal in the school. The implimintations that have been intruduced with the new learning curriculum for the students and the workshops to teach the parents are extraordinary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2013

I too would not recommend this school. I will be making an official complaint regarding the comments made by the teacher in class to my son that criticized and embarrassed him. I do not believe using belittling tactics is how a child should be taught or corrected. It's gotten to the point where my son does not want to raise his hand to ask a question. That is unacceptable! If you call the office, you'll wind up "leaving a message" because the principal is NEVER available - they will try to pawn you off to the asst principal who is clueless. When you leave a message don't expect a quick turnaround on a call back. It took 2 weeks to get a return call. After that I learned you literally have to go to the office to make a formal complaint in writing otherwise it will not be taken seriously or be handled as a priority. And aren't our kids a priority for us! Ms Jackie is the only employee at PS 71 who has been helpful. The one positive thing about the school is it's kept clean...but you know what they say "nice on the outside rotten on the inside"! Just remember to stay on top of things and always go to the office to put your issue writing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2013

This school is horrible my son has autism and attended block institiue before all the way in Coney Island and never came back crying or with bruises of any sort and he does not like going to school he literally throws himself on the floor screaming to go home I believe my child is being bullied in school and not being watched and I also don't like the fact that when my son is on the floor they try to push me out saying mommy you have to go .. Lord help me because I will hurt anyone who messes with my child they have to call a male to bring him up I do not trust this school at all his things go missing and no one knows were they are seriously who's watching my kid this school should be closed I even payed for his picture day and somehow my son is the only one without his pictures so if my son attended picture day and everyone has there's where the f#%^* was my son while the pictures were taken ??? This school is bait for lawsuits .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2013

This school is awful!!!!! Do not send your child there! Teachers doesn't care about children education at all. They are just sitting there until end of the school day. Kids that need attention are left behind, it's like the rule: if you are slow, so be slower. Instead cutting wings for inteligent kids, they should help them fly, right? This is teachers are there for!!! To teach, not to just spend time there. This is what my taxes are going for???? There is not enough after school programs. There is one: recycling! How to sort garbage in school caffeteria and the funniest thing is that there is a selection for the right students to be allowed to learn about recycling!!! Really???? Is that the best school can do? How about extra math, extra music, extra art. Define kids skills, they love to paint, sing, act, read. Kids talents are wasted there, unless you are have extra money to pay for private lessons. What is school? To teach, to expand knowledge. PS71Q does not do that! Anyway this schools sucks! It should be closed. I wish to have more characters remaining to write more about it. If you love your child- avoid this school!Parents who agree, write about it!We have to change it now
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2012

This school has inadequate learning material for children and staff doesn t seem to care nor recommend alternatives to children that either has a learning disability or needs to work on a particular subject. First off, the teachers don't do a great job of informing/communicating parents of what to work on as far as subjects go. Secondly, there is a lot of bullying that takes place both in the class room and around the building and you have the staff saying they were not aware of the situation that went on. I don t know how bullying is not seen in a classroom by a teacher. I have transferred my son to another great school with a higher community rating. While here, the school/teacher never informed me that my child had a problem that I had to pay close attention to. I don't know why this school is open, but if this is your child's zone school, I recommend relocating to another school that has top quality material or private school. The behavior and responses that parent's receive are not acceptable. And another close observation that I have made as well, this school continues a 5 in rating. If you care about the education of your child, I highly advise not to send your child here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2012

im gratefull for this school & there staff! they work hard to improve it for the kids. they do so much to show the parents how to help our kids and make it fun. i am happy to have my son go to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2012

I like this school and so do my kids. they are learning very much. I like the principal and teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2012

Lots of homework great paren-teacher comunication.Music and art program wide curicullum. My son had several trips is revarded for attendance and his teacher has great revard sestem for in classroom achivements.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2011

kindegarden: very bad school, teachers dont watch kids properly. teachers doze off and covers her face with a paper, security guard is found asleep. children go to restroom with other students alone and return back alone. we dont know if there can be a janitor or someone in the restroom in there. my daughters food is taken away by another student so it means the caretakers arent keepin an eye. my chid has been hit in shin and bruised badly by other students. who is watching my child.?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2010

My son has been attending this school for 6 years. This school has great teachers that are very attentive and caring.Can't find anything negative to say this school is Great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2010

The teachers are excellent. They are very caring & try to be as creative as possible with the restraints put on them by the board of education & the administration at the school. The administration is not organized & they do not put parent involvement on the top of their list of priorites. The children need art, music, & computers in every grade. They need gym on a daily basis. Town Hall is pointless & a waste of valuable time. The children could be having gym during this time. The PTA does not do enough as far as involving families and raising funds for the children. They finally have playgrounds in both yards but the lunch aides do not allow the children to run and play freely, and they aren't allowed to talk during lunch. Where is the release for the children??
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2010

Poor supervision and horrible administration. Do not send your child to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


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 32% in 2014.

125 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
33%

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
47%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

132 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
55%
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.

163 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
29%

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
43%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

166 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
38%

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

163 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%
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.

144 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
31%

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
49%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

150 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
72%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 1 51% 23%
White 1 43% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 4% 9%
Black 1 2% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Two or more races 1 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 217%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 177%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 10%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 46%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

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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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 731 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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

Parents

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.7
 

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
6.9
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
5.5
 

City average

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

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This school
7.1
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.2
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

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

Parents

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.3
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents67978%
Teachers5268%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • MS. WALKYDIA OLIVELLA

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
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62-85 Forest Ave
Ridgewood, NY 11385
Phone: (718) 821-7772

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