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Is 59 Springfield Gardens

Public | 6-8 & ungraded | 664 students

 

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2013:
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Posted June 23, 2014

This uniformed school with 4 academies offers Math and Science Regents classes in eighth grade, has a record number of students in the Legal Outreach Program, students enrolled in Project Boost, a collaborative program with North Shore LIJ, a free after school and summer program with the YMCA and an in school mentoring program with Our Brothers Guardian, Inc. The adult community has access to free hands on computer workshops/classes at various times throughout the year, other informative workshops and great student performances. The adult male program of Men Stand United is fostering a sense of greater support from Dads and male guardians / mentors within the school. Visitors are encouraged to call to set up a tour and or appointment with the Parent Coordinator for more information.


Posted April 11, 2014

This school is terrible. Its dirty and has old qnd dangerous furniture. The teachers do not help or teach you. The staff curses at you on a daily basis.


Posted January 30, 2013

If you don't care about your child's academic future and have no intention of she/he have college options send them to this school. This as mostly other middle schools in the district are a disappointing failure to the students in preparing them for higher learning in the future. This is a hang out spot to continue the students on the track of underclass, the lazy principal and the teachers can be proud of that. The stats make it seem better than it is. I got a transfer so fast it wasn't funny. My child graduated with honors at a different public school, is ahead with the regents and in a top specialized HS looking at university options. We would not have achieved this if we remained at this school. Every child deserves the same opportunity and training. This has been and still is a flop at the kids' adolescent cross roads.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2011

My daughter has received an excellent education . Great teachers and support staff. Good environment for students. Lovely after school programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2010

From the top to the bottom this school is headed for self destruction. The principal walks around with his gold tooth & fancy suits and obviously shows no concern for the students and the same attitude is felt from the burned out staff. I hope the boys academy puts them out of thier misery and saves the children of this community!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2010

This school has about 1 Excellent teacher. The others range from barely satisfactory to extremely unsatisfactory. The leadership in the teachers is extremely weak and it rubs off on the children. The school offers no honors or advanced classes. The school has only one sports team and there are very limited challenging academic rating.


Posted November 29, 2009

I attend thisschool. I think it will change a lot in your life even if you have a small amount of distractions
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 16, 2009

this school is honestly the best school i could ever attend the principal really cares about the students and the staff work hard to ensure that the students reach their greatest potential. I would recommend this school to anyone. I loved it
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 10, 2009

my son love this school so and he like the learning this is the frist time my son ever enjoyed learing
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2009

This school is ok. i attend this school some of the teachers dont care, some do, some just like to make your life hell. what they dont undrestand is that most of us dont think were gonna be somebody.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 1, 2008

This school is alot of fun and has many different oppurtunites avalible to us the students. This year the school seems alot better. This school ROCKS!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 25, 2007

this school is cool but is old. however, the teachers really care andthe kids are....... alright. but all in all it is a good school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 9, 2005

I really think it is a great talented school. I believe the school is better this year of 2004-2005. They have a great art program including art, technology, chorus, band, and dance. Parent are often involved in helping in the lunchroom and going along on field trips. I.S. 59 is a good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2004

I'm not a parent I'm a former student who graduated in 1999. I loved the school then and I still love it know. We were the first graduating class to have the code of uniformity established. At first we thought of it as a bad thing but then is became all good. I had an excellent education, Dr. K'Tori made sure that we all were doing our best and made us work hard. That hard work and discipline paid off. I was able to go to the high school of my choice and do what I love to do. I just want to say thanks all that staff members, teacher and especially Dr. K'Tori for doing a great job.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 12, 2004

I like my school. At times the classes are large though. The lunch I would definetly not recommend!!! Over all My school Is nice and has lots of activities and programs you can be apart of!!!
—Submitted by a student


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 29% in 2014.

174 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
19%

2013

 
 
9%

2012

 
 
30%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

174 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
16%

2013

 
 
11%

2012

 
 
40%
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.

172 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
11%

2013

 
 
9%

2012

 
 
21%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

174 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
12%

2013

 
 
6%

2012

 
 
31%
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.

212 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
16%

2013

 
 
11%

2012

 
 
37%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

182 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
6%

2013

 
 
11%

2012

 
 
53%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

188 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%
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 middle 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 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
Black 1 94% 19%
Hispanic 1 5% 23%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 0% 9%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
White 1 0% 48%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 21%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 269%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 64%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.

Learn more about the NYC DOE survey »Close
Based on 806 responses

This school provides ... 1

A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

This score measures whether parents, students and teachers feel that the school creates a physically and emotionally secure environment in which everyone can focus on student learning.

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This school
6.7
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
5.3
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.1
 

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

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
7.1
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.8
 

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
6.9
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.8
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
6.0
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.9
 

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
7.4
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.6
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
7.4
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.2
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents22944%
Students54195%
Teachers3695%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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132-55 Ridgedale St
Springfield Gardens, NY 11413
Phone: (718) 527-3501

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