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Ps 8 Shirlee Solomon

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 454 students

 

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Posted July 29, 2014

PS 8 is great school for learning but horrible environment, which also has an impact on our children. Principal and staff can be nasty at times. Kids rude and undisciplined. There are even moms who argue and threaten to physically fight each other at school events and on facebook. We're transferring back to our old school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2014

Improve the school by saying good bye to principal and parent coordinator!!!!! They are no help!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2014

best school ever for your kids my 2 daughters will be going here and they will be learning tremendiously.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2013

PS* has a great school with great teachers and an outstanding principal that should be rewarded.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2011

In my 30+ years, I taught in many schools throughout Brooklyn before arriving at PS 8. I feel confident to say to parents looking for a caring school that PS 8 will provide their children with the educational, social and emotional needs they will rely on as they expand their education. The principal and her administration create a warm atmosphere where the children feel happy and secure which clears the path for successful learning skills. As a recently retired alumni, I am proud to have my youngest grandson attend PS 8 in September. The priceless friendships they forge in these six years are memorable.


Posted October 28, 2010

My children have attended PS 8 for years and I have no complaints at all. They truely care about the children and I am very happy that my children have such a wonderful school to go to.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2010

The school has excellent faculty who work together with the community and parents, which makes the school run smoothly & the children receive an excellent education!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 22, 2010

P.S. 8 is a wonderful school with a very dedicated staff. The teachers teach and the children learn. Having worked there for many years I witnessed children coming back to see a favorite teacher to show him/her how well they have done or to volunteer to help in the classroom. Children leave PS 8 with a solid educational background and fond memories.


Posted October 21, 2010

the students get a great education and teachers are great


Posted October 21, 2010

P.S.8 is a great school that has a community of wonderful people behind it. The principal, teachers, staff and parents work very hard every day to make our school excel. We have received an "A" rating for three years in a row.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 20, 2010

My grandson attends this school and is in the 4th grade. He is having a wonderful experience thanks to the teachers and staff.


Posted October 20, 2010

Wonderful students, wonderful parents, hard working staff!!!! The way all three(parents, students,and teachers) work together to better children's education is just one of the many reasons why our school received an A three years in a row!!!!!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 17, 2010

Great kids, good teachers, caring parents = a good education
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 16, 2010

I graduated from P.S.8 in 1985. I loved the school and teachers then and now my son goes there and I am hoping that he will love it too. The principal and staff are great and for a small school we all have big hearts BUT bigger dreams for our children. Let's make it happen for them!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2010

Great teachers. My three children excelled at P.S. 8 and my two older children have a solid foundation for middle school and high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2010

Great, small, community school with wonderful, caring teachers!


Posted October 13, 2010

It had an amazing staff and wonderful children.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 12, 2010

The staff is amazing and they really care for the children and how they are performing. They also love to work together with the parents to meet the childrens needs
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2010

My son loves going to PS 8 ,great staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2010

Not impressed. I have yet to come across a teacher that really cares and is dedicated to their students. I have had problem after problem with the other students and the way they treat the other children, with very reluctant resolutions on the parent coordinator, and administrative ends. My daughter comes home with a new story almost every day, and it's sad, when I ask her 'did you have a good day?' the answer has yet to be yes. The teachers yell all day, and have nothing but negative things to tell me about my daughter academically, when she is actually functioning at higher grade levels then where she actually is- the teachers intimidate her so much to the point that she clams up and can't even speak when she is approached or called on by them to answer questions. Do yourself a favor, go to PS 32.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 32% in 2014.

73 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
45%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

73 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
78%

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 33% in 2014.

53 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
34%

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

53 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
99%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%
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 30% in 2014.

73 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
27%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

73 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
28%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
97%
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 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

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 81% 48%
Hispanic 1 13% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 3% 9%
Black 2 3% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 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 22%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 238%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 3%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 79%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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Based on 444 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
9.3
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
9.4
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.2
 

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
9.4
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
9.3
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.5
 

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
9.3
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
9.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.5
 

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
9.4
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
9.3
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.6
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents413100%
Teachers3197%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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112 Lindenwood Rd
Staten Island, NY 10308
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