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P.S. 45 Clarence Witherspoon

Public | PK-6 | 435 students

 

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Posted September 26, 2013

It is great what they are doing with the children building confidence, encouragement and motivation. Cool School....... :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2013

PS 45 is a great school. My three kids have been here since kindergarten. THe school has improved a bunch over the past few years. I don;t know what school the previous person commented about but PS45 celebrates lots of things. There are dance performances. music shows and I just went to a really nice art show last month that my kids had art in. It was such a nice event. And I talked with the PTA and learned that the test scores have gone up with Principal Severin. There was a trip that the kids went to go meet some Queens politicians I wanted my son to go but it was too late to ask permission. But I was still happy that the youth from our community is getting out there and seeing more of the world than just their neighborhood.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2013

My daughter has been in this school since first grade. The older principal Ms. Terrell was pretty good but the current principal Ms. Severin is horrible. The kids don't do anything throughout the school year and in fact go on trips the last month of school. They don't celebrate anything and bullying goes unnoticed by the principals. If you want your child to sit all day everyday in a classroom without looking forward to anything that children look forward than this is for your child. I wish I could take this experience back for my child after hearing so many other parents attend plays and performances for their children. Clearly, this principal doesn't have a clue about running a school with children. I'm so hurt and disgusted that I prolonged this experienced for my child after she complained for the remainder of her years at PS 45.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2009

I think more parent participation, better student behavior and more caring and sincerity on the part of the principal could improve this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2008

My son goes ps45 and he loe it. he has improve alot in his reading and now he is going to second grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2008

My son and daughter go to PS 45 and I think the rating given to this school is to low. There are great teachers doing great things at PS 45. PS 45's principal, Ms. Terrel, who changed that cleaned house and change our school around. Ms. Terrel with the help of teachers and staff took PS 45 from a SURR school to one of the most competitive Queens public schools. Our math scores in our testing grades, this includes special education students, were among one of the highest. We have pre-school to six grade with small class sizes and hard working teachers who care. I really think GreatSchools needs to update there rating.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2006

I love this school. It is just so warm and caring. The teachers are very excellent with the students and everyone cares so much. I had two boys in kindergarten and first grades and they loved the teachers there. I would recommend this school to anyone who is looking for a really great school for their children. The homework that they get challenges their little minds. I recently moved out to Washington state and they are way behind. My boys are now in the first grade out here and they are reading on a second grade level.
—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 31% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
52%
Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
47%
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. 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.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
55%
Math

The state average for Math was 36% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 88% in 2011.

69 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
84%
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. 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.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
55%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
70%
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. 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.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
58%
Math

The state average for Math was 31% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
86%
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. 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 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 2011-2012 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 79% 19%
Hispanic 12% 23%
Asian 6% 9%
White 2% 48%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 5%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 79%N/A43%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 6%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

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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
School leaders can update this information here.
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 304 responses

This school provides ... 1

A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
6.9
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
6.1
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.4
 

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
7.3
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
7.2
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.3
 

City average

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

This score measures how engaged parents, students and teachers feel they are in an active and vibrant partnership to promote student learning.

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This school
7.0
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
6.6
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.5
 

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
7.6
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.9
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents22573%
Students49100%
Teachers3097%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MS. SAMANTHA SEVERIN
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed

Programs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
School leaders can update this information here.

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126-28 150th St
South Ozone Park, NY 11436
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