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Ps 32 The Gifford School

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 804 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted June 30, 2014

This is a wonderful school with teachers who care. My son has been in this school for two years now and this great that has really helped him grow. He's had one of the best, most caring teachers Mr. Q who has helped him improve his reading, writing and made him more confident. Never had a problem with the administrative staff either, they've always been helpful. I highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2013

My daughter just started kindergarten in this school and we are very happy that everything went great. Teachers are great, school nice and clean. Management is very professional.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2013

My 5 year old just started kindergarten this week and so far so good. The teachers and staff seem very nice and I am truly looking foward to a great school year!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2012

Excellent teachers in this school. My children have been very fortunate and have had a great experience so far. Too bad the Administration isn't as wonderful as the teachers are. Any time I have dealt with them they are rude and dismissive. It's a shame because the principal is starting to bring the school down.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2012

What an excellent school! Both my children attended the school for the past 5 years. Mrs Beck is awesome! Such caring and competent staff. My children thrive in this wonderful school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2012

My children are doing great at PS 32. They have wonderful teachers that treat my children like their own. The Music dept is wonderful. It has given my daughter such confidence in all areas.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2011

I think P.S. 32 is a good school my kids do very well there.Most of the teachers are very nice and helpful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2010

This is a great school, with great students, teachers, and parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2010

we support our cousin, and want to help his great school make some money!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2010

I love P.S. 32 because it is a fun and friendly learning environment for my daughter. The teachers are dedicated and loving toward the children. They make learning fun!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2010

GREAT,CARING AND WONDERFUL TEACHERS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2010

teachers are very nice and friendly,always getting a feed back about progress of my child. Very good science and music programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2010

Great teachers, great stuff, good academic program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2010

BECAUSE THE TEACHERS & STAFF ARE VERY DEDICATED.


Posted October 21, 2010

Because my grandson is doing so well!


Posted October 21, 2010

I think the staff does a great job with the students. We love how they help the children where the help is required. I'm happy our son attends such a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2010

Community School for Staten Island, that is GREAT


Posted October 19, 2010

My nieces and nephew received an excellent education there.


Posted June 29, 2010

My husband and I love the teachers. However, we are very dissatisfied with the supervisors. They have a wonderful science program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2010

The teachers and administration at P.S. 32 are extraordinary. Helpful, caring and always putting our children first.
—Submitted by a parent


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.

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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.

117 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
37%

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
69%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

125 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
37%

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
81%
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.

134 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
36%

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

135 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

155 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%
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.

153 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
45%

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

153 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
84%
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 "B" 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 84% 48%
Hispanic 1 11% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 4% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 1% 1%
Black 1 1% 19%
Two or more races 1 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 22%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 239%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 4%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 88%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 573 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.7
 

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
8.1
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.9
 

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
8.0
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.9
 

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
8.2
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents53187%
Teachers4295%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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32 Elverton Ave
Staten Island, NY 10308
Phone: (718) 984-1688

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