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Is 7 Elias Bernstein

Public | 6-8 & ungraded | 1186 students

 
 

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Posted May 15, 2014

Great school with very nurturing environment and individualized approach. Teachers and other staff members know students by names, kids are encouraged to turn to school faculty with any questions or concerns
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2013

IS 7 is a great school. My son went to this school for 3 years and he loved it !!!!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2012

My child goes to i.s.7 and she loves it the environment is safe and the school is dissaplant but to an understanding matter. if you can seed your kid(s) to i.s.7 they will love it and so will you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2012

My daughter was bulled by the after school program monitors and this was addressed byt he School Administation right away. Parents needs to know how to report and manage issues for thier children - after all we are their greatest advocates. Any issues not addressed by the school had to be poorly comunicated by the parent. This is an excellent school and another example of how their Administration took care of a problem right away.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 29, 2012

My son is in his last year at IS 7, and he has had a wonderful experience. I admit, I wasn t sure how my son would adjust coming from a very small "north shore" elementary school, but he flourished both academically and as a young man. The teachers and administrators have high expectations of the children's behavior and academic performance. They enforce rules in a caring and nurturing way. The friends my son met are great kids. The Band programs are amazing! (Mr. Toro should be recognized for his amazing work!) Overall, IS 7 is a great example that NYC public junior highs can work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2012

Terrible school. My daughter went there from 2008-2011. She got teased by her classmates and the teachers just look the other way. She hated that school so much that every day she will make up some excuses of not going to school. 3 years in that school was a nightmare to her.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2012

Terrible school in terms of uncontrollable student body and administration. Many teachers are great, but they are pressured to teach to the test. I found myself wanting to learn more, but the school just couldn't provide. My three years here were a waste of time that could have been much better spent.


Posted March 25, 2011

My son teaches in this school and I hear excellent things about it. I heard positive things from everybody I speak to. This school is called exceptional.


Posted November 13, 2009

My child is new to the public school system (previously prek-5 in a catholic school) and I am very happy with the teachers and curriculum this school offers. IS 7 is much warmer and less 'dramatic' than the private school my daughter previously attended. The math and ELA program are challenging, and teachers do not just pacify the kids. They help them learn in a positive environment. The kids are treated fairly. No bullying policy is standard practice. Also, it's nice that they have special events like field days and fall festivals. Welcoming environment. I'm glad my daughter is at IS7.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2009

I graduated from this school years ago, and now my 2 daughters are in the school. What is not to love? The teachers, staff, principal all work so hard to give our children the best education. The after school program is amazing and the students themselves are wonderful. It is a wonderful, caring environment that anyone would be lucky to send their children to and know they are being well taken care of and well educated!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2009

I love this school, it has so much to offer. A great staff too!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 9, 2009

the teachers are awesome espically mr. weber (math) but the school is a little to strict on what to do
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 23, 2009

Excelent teachers and staff. The best school my son has ever attended as compared to public, private and Catholic. Very high state test scores and excellent curriculum, as a teacher, this school is very student centered. Warm and positive atmosphere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2009

My son attended IS 7 and had an excellent 3 years there. He was involved in many activities and in student government. His 8th grade class put on a wonderful performance of the play ' The Wizard of Oz' where all students were encouraged to participate. The students had a wonderful and safe time at their prom and all students looked sad of the thought of not seeing their friends after their graduation. I never saw children get along so well at a school. It was really eniightening. If you hear any bad stories about this school feel secure it didnt happen between the years of 2006-2008 because my son attended there and there were few problems. There are alot of paranoid parents on the south shore of Staten Island. Save your money and send your kids to this wonderful school in an upscale section of Staten
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2009

It is the best school on Staten Island the teachers and the asst Principal for both grade at nice to my son ever the principal
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2008

I'm in 6th grade, and I can tell IS7 is a great school. They have so many afterschool programs, plays, and extra classes. The only problem is there are 8th graders who push 6th graders around in the halls.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 24, 2008

I am a parent of a 8th grade student. My daughter has done wonderful in subjects, but especially math. Her 6th and 7th grade math teachers were wonderul. Now she has a full understanding of Math. I also have a son that graduated last year. He also did well. Love this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2008

Teachers are good. Unfortunately principal and assistants principal are the worst.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2008

IS7 is a great school. I don't know why parents are complaining about kids not doing their homework, it's their fault. And we do get a huge amount of homework, especially in the 8th grade. Projects non-stop. Most of the teachers are really nice, and theres alot going on such as events, activities and others stuff so you can always have some pretty cool things to choose from. It's overall a great school, with great teachers.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 27, 2008

is7 is the worst school. they barely give any work. and when my son gets used to that when they give to much he doesnt do it. if i had to pick any school on staten island to go to i wouldnt pick is7
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

399 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
69%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

399 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
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

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 29% in 2014.

405 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
70%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

404 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
90%
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.

394 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
66%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

327 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
34%

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

400 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
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 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 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

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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
White 1 86% 48%
Hispanic 1 8% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 5% 9%
Black 1 1% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 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 12%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 230%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 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 69%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 1%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 2014 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
8.5
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
7.8
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.0
 

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
8.5
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.6
 

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
8.1
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
7.8
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.6
 

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

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents79375%
Students117598%
Teachers4662%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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1270 Huguenot Ave
Staten Island, NY 10312
Phone: (718) 356-2314

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