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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 July 24, 2014

the school has high academics and have great teachers, but the rest of the staff isn't all so great. Especially Leone who has made it clear that he can do whatever and even if you tell your parents "they cant do anything".Its almost as if this grown man has joy tormenting middle school. This school would be normal if Leone was out


Posted April 2, 2014

IS34 is AWESOME!! :) My daughter is in the 7th Grade and she loves her school her teachers and her classmates.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2013

my school is average. the teachers are nice but the deans are out of control. they throw things around and yell at the students like they want to intimidate them.


Posted January 25, 2013

Basically the school itself is very good. The teachers are involved and interesting, the programs are helpful, the school is safe, etc. However, it is run terribly. Ever since the previous principle left, Mr. Boyle has given the school even more dictatorship qualities than before. The dress code is borderline psychotic, where a jean rip above the knee results in incessant repremanding. One in three lunches are silent because the deans, specifically Leone, have a standard where if not all 300 kids are silent in .5 seconds after he blows the whistle, we might as well have committed a vital sin and we are forced to hear his ridiculous, unintelligible ramblings that mean nothing to any student. Those with power in the school have made it an unenjoyable place and I believe that we should have an opposition to the inane rules.


Posted August 13, 2012

I WILL RATE IT AT ANOTHER TIME. AT PRESENT I JUST WANT TO BE INFORMED ABOUT ALL ASPECTS OF THIS SCHOOL.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2012

My twin are graduating this month from 34. This is like the best JHS in Staten Island. They have done so well here. Mr. Boyle is always available to speak to a parent about any concerns we might have. The dress code is strict but my kids had the best time of their lives these past 3 years. They are sad to be leaving.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2012

im a 7th grader in this school & its almost over. sometimes i say i hate this school because i cant stand the dress code or the rules in the lunchroom but i am going to miss it when i leave. 8th grade is almost here for the class of 2013 i made such great friends & i wish i can stay with all these people when its time to go to high school. i hate how the best school (34) is the shortest amount of time, 3 years isnt enough :( i cannot believe how fast time is going these were the fastest 2 yrs of my life that i wish i can redo i wish i can go back to the first day of 6th grade and start over :( before ik it i'll be in 8th grade and i'll be at graduation.. 8th grade is the best year ever but i just dnt wanna go yet time needs to slow down. the only reason y i look fwd to the 1st day of 8th grade is because i find out whos in my class cause now we dont find out on the last day of school which isnt fair but i love surprises so.. we'll seeee :)


Posted August 27, 2011

Thank you Mr Preston. My son is at THS and is succeeding !! You did put PAL in Principal! Good luck in the future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2011

OMG SERIOUSLY..... THIS SCHOOL IS SO STRICT IT SHOULD BE A PRIVATE SCHOOL!!! IF YOUR GOING TO MAKE THIS A PUBLIC SCHOOL MAKE IT WITH LIKE REAL RULES...... NOBODY ELSE READS DURING LUNCH WHEN THERES A BAD "RESPONSE".... DRESS CODE IS RIDICULOUS...... CANT WAIT TO TRANSFER!!


Posted June 1, 2011

this school was very safe compared to other schools my daughter is now in highschool and never seen a real fight in school and she said mom it was scary i miss is34. she loved this school and learned alot especially from mrburo
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2011

i just came into this school in september and i love it i made a lot of friends there may be a lot of drama but we always get along in the end they are very strict about behaviore but as long as you follow the rules especially the dress code there is no problem i am in aristas and gold honors and am very happy with my academic progress so far this year at first i was kind of uncomfortable but now IS34 is my home and i am proud to be an eagle i am glad to have teachers such as, Mrs. Brown Mrs. Canlon, Ms.Virtuoso Mrs. DiGregorio and my over all favorite Mr. Barr i love band and our minor classes are really great experiences i have always loved music but now, i not only love it i appriciate it as well as a drummer it is my job to keep the band together which is also helpful in leadership skills which i have gotten awards for in the past if your child is entering middle school this is the best Ms. Stancavage, Mr.Boyle and Mr.Preston work very hard to make sure our grades are up, we follow the rules, we go on trips and have culminating activies (cough cough parties we can't use this word in school =D) and most importantly we have fun


Posted November 10, 2010

I am very pleased with I.S. 34 and happy with my daughters academic progess so far...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2010

My daughter just transferred in the 8th grade. She is going to school with a smile on her face for the first time in three years. The school has much to offer and my child is enjoying learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2010

my son has achieved so much since he started I.S. 34 last year, every teacher and staff member are always willing to speak with me and listen to my concerns, they really pay attention to my son's needs and work hard to see him succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2010

the teachers and administrators are very accessable
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2010

The principal and staff are great they are easily approachable, my son is striving and they help him reach his full potential.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2010

My child feels safe and is learning
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2010

The support system they have in place for helping the students is AWESOME! If the parents have concerns or questions there is always someone willing to assist you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2010

It's a great place to be!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2010

its just a really great school
—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 1 88% 48%
Hispanic 2 9% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 2% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Black 2 0% 19%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 21%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 134%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 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) 984-0772

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