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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:
Based on 1 rating
2013:
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2012:
Based on 3 ratings
2011:
Based on 1 rating

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Posted May 14, 2010

my grandson enjoys going to school there and does very well
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2010

My children attend the school and we are impressed by the quality of education they are receiving from fantastic teachers. I am always informed of my children's progress and activities occurring in the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2010

The school encourages getting parents in participating with various school activities throughout the year and parents are always welcomed.


Posted May 13, 2010

Great education and teachers go out of there way for the kids
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2010

The open door policy and accessibility of the principal and PTA, make it easy to get information and help out with all the needs of the children
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2010

This is an excellent school! My child wakes up every morning excited to go to school. The teachers try extremely hard to do what is best for the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2010

The teachers are great and my kids have done so well!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2010

I have three children who have excelled academically and have matured personally and socially as a result of the dedication and professionalism of the staff at PS 32. They are outstanding individuals who anticipate and respond to the children's needs and are always responsive to the parents inquiries and concerns.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2010

The principal, assistant principals, teachers, staff and of course the PTA are always on hand to help out in anyway. They are all dedicated in the best education your child can receive and want our children to be the best they can be. .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2010

My daughters receive(d) an excellent education. I believe that the principal is a no non-sense person and runs her school efficiently.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2010

This is a great school. They really try hard to do what's best for the children. They have really great teachers and the administration and office staff are wonderful too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2010

PS 32 is very welcoming with wonderful teachers and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2010

The teachers are outstanding and have the best interests of the students at heart.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2010

It gives a superior educational start to a young child. The curriculum is outstanding.


Posted May 12, 2010

This school has a dedicated staff that wants your child to do well. Your child is encouraged to be the best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2010

Every teacher that I have dealt with has been nothing but great for my children. The administration has been very helpful and I have witnessed and used the open door policy to the prinicipal and assistant prinicipals.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2010

Excellent teachers so far, my children enjoy going to school and the teachers go above and beyond to help them in every way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2010

I think this is a wonderful school. The staff of teachers that we have are very dedicated to the students of PS 32
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2009

Principal needs to be more aware of the fact that it is not her way or the highway . My child is a struggling student with issues and it is IMPOSSIABLE to get answers and help when asking for it . Teachers are mixed some seem happy and others you can tell are not happy with what is going on there . This school was MUCH MUCH better years ago it has been on a very dissapointing slide downward .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2009

This school would rank higher for me if the administration were better. It has been a common complaint from many parents that there is a lack of communication with them. The principal should really be somewhere else. I dislike this school so much that we are trying to get our child placed in another school where we feel he will thrive because the atmosphere is better for him.
—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 1 84% 48%
Hispanic 2 11% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 4% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 1% 1%
Black 1 1% 19%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 12%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 139%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.

Learn more about the NYC DOE survey »Close
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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