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Ps 4 Maurice Wollin

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 796 students

 

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Posted April 17, 2014

Good school ...all 4 of my kids have attended this school...great parent involvement...the teachers care about the students and their academic progress
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2013

My daughter goes to this school for the third year and I am appalled at the lack of dedication and consistency amongst the teachers. I have to yet find a single teacher who would live by what they say to the parents in the beginning of the year! As a working mom I don't have much visibility to what's going on in the classroom, the amount of homework is inconstent and there is not enough review materials given prior to the tests - which the teachers don't even bother to review for months! Extra curricular stuff is just about squeezing money from parents but not much is available. When I met with the teachers they all sing songs about their great dedication and how well they are doing their jobs but they are quick to point out anything that the child does wrong, and I believe they do single out the students that don't fit the mainstream. I have just had it there, I am planning to either sign up for the lottery for Petrides or take her to the private setting.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2010

my son who is a student in 4 has only been there for 2 years, kindergarten and now 1st grade and i must tell u this school is amazing! i was worried about this school beacuse the ratings aren't all that great . i assure u you dont have anything to worry about the teachers are great especially because they care about there students , its not just a job for them ! its the only school i know of that u actually see the principal!!!!! he is outside in the mornings greeting the children and through out the day he is around! hes not always in the office behind a desk! love love the school my son has become so independent and this school gets them started at a young age to prepare for there studies, but not only learn it they actually understand what is getting taught to them!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2010

Most of the teachers are really great and we have many programs for special needs children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2010

I love my sons teachers and there teaching programs they use.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2009

Great school! Caring and dedicated faculty. I have a kindergardener and 1st grader in the school, and am very pleased with their progress at PS 4. It is a safe, clean, and fun learning environment where teachers truly care about the well being of the students and challenge them to not just meet standards, but exceed them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2009

I only can say that: Teachers really care about students. The kinder program is excellent!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2008

I am a parent of 4 which of whom all either attend or attended PS 4. The school has become a much more friendly enviornment this year and I am pleased to help out whenever I can. PTA is also very very nice and really try to do extro for the kids....good choice, if you are looking to send your kids her. Principal is wonderfuland teacher, (most of) are very willing to workwith parents to get what is best for the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2006

Both of my children attended this school, one has since graduated and the other is a third grader. It is a great school, I do however think that in the past few years children are receiving more homework, papers, and projects(Science Projects from the third grade, that are done 90% by the parents). Yet they are being taught less due to the curriculum changes that only touch on lessons without fully teaching them. Third graders (as well as their parents that need to help them) should not be getting 1-2 hours of homework three or four nights per week.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2006

my daughter is in first grade at p.s.4. her teachers have been wonderful. they send home weekly rexos telling you what your child is learning and how to help them further there knowledge at home.i am thankful that i can send my child to such a safe, fun, learning environment
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2005

My son has only been in this school for a year but I am very happy. There seems to be a great parent involvement and the teachers really work wit you. They have great programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2005

I think this was an excellent school. I have seen a hugh change over the past 3 years. The older, more 'seasoned' teachers have retired, and a new, younger set has moved in. Yet, these teachers expect the parents to do more for their children than they are expected to do. I have two children in this school, and feel totally responsible when my children do not grasp their schoolwork. I think it is time for the principal to take charge and make these teachers responsible for their lack of enthusiasm. If this is only a paying job to them, work on Wall Street. I have always believe teachers to have a great gift, but I now believe that is a lost belief.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2004

P.s 4 has been great for our son. He was challenged when needed and provided all the resources he needed to accell in his grade. Although they are changing their classes so that all kids, advanced and slow are combined this year. I am not happy about this, I am afraid my son will be bored while slower children recieve help from teacher, or slower kids may not get the attention they need. This is not an ideal set up in my opinion.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

PS 4 is a great school!!
—Submitted by a former student


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.

About these ratings

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 31% in 2013.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
52%
Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
64%
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, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. 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 30% in 2013.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
60%
Math

The state average for Math was 36% in 2013.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
87%
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, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. 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.

144 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
53%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

144 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
82%

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, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. 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

All Students37%
Female39%
Male36%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White35%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilities8%
General population49%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant37%

Math

All Students38%
Female31%
Male44%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic34%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White37%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilities20%
General population46%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant38%
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, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. 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.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

All Students38%
Female42%
Male35%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic27%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White39%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Not economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilities14%
General population47%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant38%

Math

All Students48%
Female40%
Male55%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic27%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities27%
General population54%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant48%

Science

All Students94%
Female96%
Male89%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic94%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities79%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%
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, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. 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.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

All Students35%
Female34%
Male36%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander63%
Hispanic23%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White35%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilities10%
General population43%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant35%

Math

All Students47%
Female49%
Male46%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic34%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White45%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilities20%
General population57%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant47%
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, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. 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.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

In 2009-2010, this school was given a grade of "C" for the elementary 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 79% 48%
Hispanic 2 14% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 6% 9%
Black 2 2% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 1% 1%
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 24%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 240%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 67%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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This school
9.0
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.5
 

City average

 
8.0
 
Clear, useful communication about educational goalsWhat's this?

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This school
9.0
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.5
 

City average

 
7.8
 
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This school
8.7
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.5
 

City average

 
7.8
 
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This school
9.0
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.7
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents612100%
Teachers9099%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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