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Staten Island School Of Civic Leadership

Public | PK-3, 6-8 & ungraded | 717 students

 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 2 ratings
2013:
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2012:
Based on 5 ratings
2011:
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Posted May 13, 2014

I'm a friend of many parents . On the outside looking in. I believe that the students are getting a fine and fun learning experience during their courses. The faculty is well managed and a very caring staff indeed. I particularly like the art class and the other enrichment courses. It gives the children more.


Posted January 1, 2014

The teachers are always talking about the confidential stuff with other people and they always say they don't support bullying when you always hear them talking trash about each other behind each other's back one of the teachers told us we stink and sprayed us with perfume. The teacher also gave extra hw because we "didn't do good enough" when we tried our best the teachers always hear kids curse and bully others and just ignore it this school sucks and is not a good environment


Posted April 23, 2013

SISCL 861 is an excellent school throughout all its programs and activities. My children have been in this school since Kindergarten, and currently are in 3rd and 4th grade and I couldn't be happier with their progress. Teachers are doing an amazing job and the principle is a true professional. Thank you
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2012

I love this school. The principal runs a tight ship and always has an open door policy to address the concerns of parents. Both of my boys enjoy going to school each and every day. My older one just graduated and my little one is excelling in all of his subjects. The teachers answer e-mails quickly(even in the summer). I am very pleased with the education my children are receiving compared with neighborhood schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2012

This school is packed with bully's from teachers who are rude and condescending towards the students, a principle who is just mean and students who hit kick spit and bite and nothing gets done about it...I am taking both my kids out of this school..the only thing good about this school is the parent teacher coordinator who is patient, kind and always helpful...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2012

My son is in K and he is really doing great with support of his excellent teachers . He is already in I level in reading n hopefully he will be in J level by the end of this semester . I like this school n teachers....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2012

My son is in Kindergarten and was at reading level F by mid March. The expectation for K is level D by the end of the school year. His math level also exceeds expectation. SISCL is equivalent to a private school. Staff is dedicated, principal is excellent, school facility is brand new and top notch. Something special is here. Should be the template for public schools nationwide, hopefully it will be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2012

My daughter is in K and it is not the end of the school year and she is already a "D" Reader. Thus, she is Above Average. I am so proud of her & Thank you to SISCL. Wonderful atmosphere for any child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2011

My twins are in 1st grade and they started at PS861 in kindergarten.I am thrilled with the progress they have made in this school.The teachers are amazing as well as the principal and staff.They treat you like family and take the kids education very seriously.I couldn't be happier at this school and my kids come home happy everyday.That means alot.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2010

My son was very shy and withdrawn before going here. When he started in PS861, he was going into first grade. Socially he has changed dramatically . He is now outgoing and has a lot of friends. He also is doing AMAZINGLY well in all subjects, and I think the incredible teachers and the way that this school focuses of leadership skills and social behavior as well as academic work is what has encouraged this change. I LOVE THIS SCHOOL!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2010

My daugher has never been happier and her test scores are the reward. The principal and the teachers are just amazing. A truly happy place to be everyday.
—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.

66 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
60%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

66 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
73%
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.

95 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
26%

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
65%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

94 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
85%
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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
59%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

93 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
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 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.

103 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
26%

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
53%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

103 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
43%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

134 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%
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

This school was not given a Progress Report Grade by the NYC Department of Education for the 2009-2010 school year.

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
Hispanic 2 37% 23%
White 1 30% 48%
Black 1 22% 19%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 9% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 1% 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 6%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 8%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 45%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 848 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
8.5
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
9.1
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
7.6
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.8
 

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
8.7
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.9
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.2
 

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
8.3
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
7.4
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.8
 

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
8.7
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.9
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.0
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents46375%
Students33599%
Teachers5098%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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280 Regis Dr
Staten Island, NY 10314
Phone: (718) 967-5250

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