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Ps Is 217 Roosevelt Island

Public | PK-8 | 416 students

 

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Posted August 1, 2014

This school has a lot to improve on. Classes are over crowded except for G&T. Admin does not communicate well with teachers. Very high turn over rate where the best teachers are leaving under the leadership of an inexperienced principal and finding better schools to teach. PE, computers, and Music is offered which are all great programs but the kids only have it once a week if that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2014

I had 2 elementary age children enrolled here for three years, during that time they had wonderful teachers and an excellent education. Despite the fact that some of the classes were bridge classes (combined grades) to compensate for overcrowding, I feel that my children received a great education and experiences. The PTA works hard to keep the art, music and other programs funded. There is a free afterschool program which also offers soccer and baseball to community kids. As a stay at home mom, I didn't need to send my kids to after school care, however they loved going during the long winter. Beacon after school provided lots of activities(art, languages, dance, and now musical theater and more). There are lots of wonderful families that attend the elementary school, however it seems that they move to other schools by middle school. The elementary school has been great and I am so glad we had it during on time on the family friendly Roosevelt island!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2013

PS Is 217 is trying. I agree that it does have much potential, and our son's first year at the school was positive following the G&T program. The teachers are supportive and skilled - they deserve much credit to the joy of learning. I was also wary of this school because of its low letter grade, but I understand that due to the transient atmosphere (there are a lot of transfers on this island and sometimes these students only stay for a year) this school will always be challenged to stay consistent in the testings. My disappointments come from the school's leadership as a whole. The principal does not have much respect from the other administration and it's hard for her to lead them. I am looking forward to the new leadership of the PTA this year to see if participation improves. Last year, there was a valiant effort, but again, since some of these families have no real stake in the community, the contributions are low.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2013

This school is lead by very weak administration, who are unwilling to listen or encourage the PTA, but at the same time, the admin beg the PTA for funds for any kind of enrichment, or school supply. The teachers are by and large fantastic, but without support from the lackluster admin, their hands are tied. I wish this school well, but I had to pull my child out after 3rd grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2013

Improve with the teaching and develop teachers skills so they can be stronger. Some teachers lack the necessary skills in middle school. After third grade get your child out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2012

My child is in the G&T program here. I think this is an extremely good school with the potential to be a truly excellent school. The facilities are beautiful and modern, and I have been really impressed by the teachers. My child takes gym, music, art, and Spanish, in addition to her "regular" class. I have been really impressed with the principal and the parent coordinator. I was initially wary of this school because of its low letter grade, but going there has shown me that the letter grades are completely bogus (as I suspected). I agree with another reviewer. If the PTA can just get more and new volunteers, this school could easily rival some of the best schools in District 2. (The middle school is also less than ideal, but I see a lot of work happening there.)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2011

I love this school all the teachers put the children's needs into proper perspective. Throughout the school all the children learn about respect for one another and reponsablity toward there community. My daughter has been attending PS IS 217 since Pre-K. Her love of learning has been greatly rewarded by a staff that engages children and I feel that prepares them for the real world by rewarding the children for there hard work and respect with coupons to be cashed in for small toys and school supplies.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2011

My child is now in his third year at this school. I see lots of exciting things happening here. The administration is always available, I see my child's teacher as much as needed and have her contact information for questions or concerns, the school is well kept, the art and music program is a definite plus and my child loves the school which is most important to me!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2011

My daughter attended the school since 1st grade and I had consistent problems with the staff minus her 3rd grade teacher. In fourth grade I finally had enough and moved her after she told her teacher she was leaving the school the teacher packed her up and sent her home with all her belongings including good bye notes. Not one staff member contacted me to confirm this ! I feel like they wait until a child has completely failed to address any concerns.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2011

PS 217 has been a wonderful place for my son and for me as a parent. The school building is well maintained, bright and cheerful. The principal and administration are easy to deal with and committed to quality education. Best of all my son is thriving in the Kindergarten G&T class. He loves his teacher and classmates. His days are filled with wonderful activities - computers, science, music, art, Spanish, and of course reading and writing. Plus, the school and the PTA have organized fantastic field trips. We could not be happier!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2010

PS 217 has surpassed my expectations. My son has been thoroughly supported by his teacher and all the staff. They are always available to chat if there is a problem (or if there isn't one). I highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2010

PS/IS 217 suffers because of its negative reputation lingering from years ago. Sadly, people who repeat the stereotypes have not even seen the school. My children go there every day and I can't think of a safer and more nurturing place for them to study. Last year (2008/09) PS/IS 217 was only 2 points away from grade 'A' from the NYC Department of Education. Math program is particularly rigorous, the test scores improved every year, and are now well above the state average. English language scores are somewhat lower, because the school has so many UN workers' children (ESL students). The teachers are excellent, and the Principal is terrific! Always accessible. And the PTA (http://ps217pta.org) has been doing so many amazing things for the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2010

Our daughter went to PS/IS 217 for preK & now goes to K. The school has great facilities. The staff is highly qualified. The class sizes are smaller than in most other public schools. The school offers in-class music and arts program, and many after school clubs. Among the cons, the G&T program at PS/IS 217 is new. The school is very international. Students come from 60 countries, and many of them are children of United Nations employees, who learn English as a 2nd language = lower average academic scores. These families can move to another country at any time, so the classes are not as uniform or as stable as some people may like. Location is not ideal for Manhattan families. People complain about the PTA, but from my perspective it is very active this year. Major improvement from what we saw before.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2009

My son went there for pre k and kindergaden. Ms Haya was the pre k teacher she showed that she loved the children but at times it was apparent that there was pressure that took away from he focus on the children. His kindergarten teacher was awesome. Stayed in control of the class and made learning unique, all the while indulging in questions and being in control. The office staff was attentive all concerns brought to the office were addressed. The biggest let down would be the parents, the lack of support made it hard for the pta as well as administration to be the most effective.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2008

The school has changed over the years. I have seen several principals come and go. The current leadership are young and innovative. My son's musical talents were nurtured well enough to get him admitted into a the specialized music high school. The new guidance counselor is tops. he responds well to the issues facing the students. many students lack manners or empathy... not the schools fault. Most of the teachers do a very good job and the environment is generally safe. one weakness is the lack of the presence of teachers of color.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2008

The is doing well, with wonderful teachers like Ms mcguinness. I believe the new programs introduced by the new Principal will further help the student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2007

The School has a great team with good teachers and kind and ready-to-help professionals at its office. Since the first day I felt welcome. They are very well coordinated with the After School program (Beacon), what makes all easy for parents who must be full time at work. For my family the English as Second Language program was the most important. Mr. Hirsh and Ms D. did a great job with my two children and in two months only they are able to communicate very well. Thank everybody!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2006

This is good elementary school. It has very good teachers. Ms Stern(the first grade teacher is just wonderful). My daughter's 4-grade teacher-Ms Winik was remarkable. The school has very good parent coordinator who is always accessible. The school's building is the best.
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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.

About these ratings

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.

57 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
44%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

62 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
78%
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.

43 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
43%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

46 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
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

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 30% in 2014.

28 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
22%

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
62%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

31 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
36%

2013

 
 
36%

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 29% in 2014.

18 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
22%

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
41%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

19 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
27%

2013

 
 
17%

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 29% in 2014.

24 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
12%

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
32%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

25 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
16%

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
50%
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.

30 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
20%

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
47%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

31 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
22%

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
58%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
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 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 "B" for the elementary and middle school level.

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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
Black 1 27% 19%
White 1 27% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 23% 9%
Hispanic 2 23% 23%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Two or more races 1 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 210%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 244%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 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 43%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

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Arts & music

School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
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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 307 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
8.4
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

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

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This school
7.8
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.8
 

City average

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

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

Parents

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
7.8
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

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This school
8.3
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents20356%
Students7998%
Teachers2586%

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. MANDANA BECKMAN

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
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645 Main St
Roosevelt Island, NY 10044
Phone: (212) 980-0294

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