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I.S. 34 Tottenville

Public | 6-8 | 1102 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 1 rating
2013:
Based on 2 ratings
2012:
Based on 3 ratings
2011:
Based on 4 ratings

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Posted October 31, 2010

Incredible school & teachers. Our child is new to the school (6th grader) and we have already noticed an improvement in his academic skills.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2010

Teachers, faculty, deans, principal and V P, are good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2010

This school has a dedicated, smart and professional group of administrators. The BEST!


Posted October 29, 2010

The teachers are wonderful!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2010

It is a great learning atmosphere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2010

Great School, Very clean condition and Academics are great.


Posted October 27, 2010

the teachers make learning fun
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 27, 2010

i had two sons graduate the school, both of then excelled in their studies. the school cares about the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2010

I love it because all 4 of my children have received an excellent education here.It is deserving of its A grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2010

The school has great teachers, excellent class program and very friendly staff..........
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2010

they are very involved with their students and maintain a quality school experience for them
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2010

My three children attended I.S.34 and all had very good experiences, had great teachers and made many great friends
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2010

Because I went there and it was a great school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2010

great curriculium and wonderful teachers


Posted October 24, 2010

The school is filled with wonderful teachers and students. The school has served my children well and enstilled within them a love of learning. The school builds tremendous confidence within its students. Nice work IS 34 !!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2010

It is a great school to go to. I went to this school, all 3 of my children have attended there and the two that have graduated both say the same thing... "they miss the school and the teachers."
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2010

the most caring staff i have ever encountered
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2010

IS 34 has some of the greatest teachers and absolutely the best administrators. Unlike many of the larger public schools, they know your child individually and personally. They are very much in touch with parents regarding academic and other school activities. They start out the school year setting precedents for acceptable behavior and it really works. Both Mr. Tames and Mr. Leone have the incredible ability of letting the students know that you can be smart, well behaved and "cool" all at the same time. My second child is now in the school and I once again look forward to it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2010

I think it gives students an outstanding education, and has many after school programs that kids enjoy.


Posted October 22, 2010

The school cares about the children and puts them first. The teachers are talented and highly motivated.


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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 30% in 2013.

393 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
67%
Math

The state average for Math was 31% in 2013.

392 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
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 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 31% in 2013.

372 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
56%
Math

The state average for Math was 28% in 2013.

370 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
80%
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 34% in 2013.

373 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
46%
Math

The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

374 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2011.

412 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
75%
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 "A" 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 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
White 88% 48%
Hispanic 9% 23%
Asian 2% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Black 0% 19%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 1%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 34%N/A43%
Source: 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 74%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 2218 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
8.2
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
7.4
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.6
 

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
8.2
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.3
 

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
7.8
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
7.4
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.1
 

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
8.4
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents100399%
Students1136100%
Teachers79100%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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528 Academy Ave
Staten Island, NY 10307
Phone: (718) 477-4500

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