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Is 34 Tottenville

Public | 6-8 & ungraded | 1102 students

 
 

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4 stars

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

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Posted October 19, 2010

The students work hard and WANT to have good grades. Good teachers and excellent Asst. Principals. Unfortunately, the office staff needs a review on people skills.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2010

my daughter is very happy at is 34 and she just began 6th grade and loves the independence
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2010

I feel the school is extremely organized and dedicated to education and structure
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2010

It has brought out the best academically in my child; and has made him strive. The teachers are very caring and work very hard to have the students achieve beyond the goals that are expected
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2010

staff are really top notch.The kids enjoy learning with the teachers they have.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2010

My niece and nephew are both students at this school and I am impressed by the curriculum!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2010

we've only just begun however the obvious caring has made the scary transition into intermediate school an easy one. It's history of academic excellence is known.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2010

It's a great school. The music program is excellent and the students are always ready for testing and the future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2010

I have two daughters that graduated with honors from IS34. They made all the high schools they wanted to attend. My oldest received scholarship money for college. This is due large in part to the education they received at IS34.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2010

Great teachers, great staff, great teaching skills
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2010

It is a great school and the staff is wonderful
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2010

I.S.34 was and probably always will be my daughter's favorite school. The teachers are very kind, and the quality of education she received there was top notch.!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2010

It was the only intermediate school on Staten Island to achieve an A!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 15, 2010

It is a wonderful school good teachers and administrators


Posted October 15, 2010

great school, great staff, my child loves going to school everyday!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2010

kids have some really amazing teachers here. But they have to take care of bullies! Too many bullies to count, and too many kids being hurt and harassed. It's a shame to see an otherwise incredible school be tainted in such a way. Please do something - somebody!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2010

For the most part, I will say that my kids have done very well here at I.S. 34. Both my boys absolutely love their teachers - especially Mr. Barr. Mr. Viola is top notch when it comes to math, and in making sure that students feel confident in their math skills. Both of theses teachers go the extra mile for their students! However, the issue of bullying is one that really needs to be addressed. It's out of control. We've had several issues, and the only punishment those kids rec'd was 'in-school' suspension (which basically amounts to detention). If they don't address this problem, some kid is really going to get hurt. This is the only problem we've encountered here at I.S. 34, but it's a real problem that must not be ignored. When schools say, 'zero tolerance' they should really enforce that principle.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2010

IS 34 is full of dedicated and friendly teachers. It's an excellent learning environment. The accelerated courses they offer in 8th grade will help your child get ahead in high school.


Posted October 12, 2009

IS 34 has the best students and staff who accomplish wonderful things together...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

It is reassuring that the Administration and Staff take time to help all the new students to adjust to middle school life.
—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.

380 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

381 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
39%

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.

391 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
45%

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
65%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

391 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
43%

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
82%
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.

367 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
59%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

268 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

371 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%
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 "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 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 2 88% 48%
Hispanic 1 9% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 2% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Black 2 0% 19%
Two or more races 1 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 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: NCES, 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

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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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) 984-0772

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