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Ps 32 The Gifford School

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 804 students

 
 

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Posted November 20, 2008

I go to this school its very cool they started a program called etas they have computers dance and knitting this school is good at some assemblys they give certificates to kids this is a great school for kids now statring kindergarden
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 9, 2008

I have not had any problems with having access to the principal in PS32. As a matter of fact, she is the only person with whom I speak if I have any concerns. She has gone so far as to personally call my home back in response to messages I have left when she was in a meeting. I do agree that the lunch aids lack patience and should be kinder to the children. I am not concerned with AP's I only know that my child is doing well in a safe environment where he/she is happy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2008

dont like the school at all. the principal does not care about the kids. she just cares about the scores. the AP's also are rude. they treat the children like they are in high school and forget that they are little. if your child needs any kind of help they dont make it easy for you. they really dont care.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2008

The school seems good to me. They just started a program where the kids can do dance, knitting ect during school. The teachers are great. My complaint is lunch time-- there is alot of yelling at the students and they are rushed to eat their lunch.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2008

This school is alright, teachers and aides aren't the nicest, but it's good enough. Parents do a decent job of putting together events, and the principal is pretty nice.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 17, 2008

This school is great! My son loves the computer lab and the art room.They just need to fix the entrance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2008

This is an excellent school. The children work very hard and it shows in their ever increasing test scores. Principal is very approachable and really seems to care. Assistant pricipals are all extremely unapproachable and can be down right rude when approached! Principal really should keep tighter reins on her AP's! Overall great school with wonderful principal but not the best AP's
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2007

This is a great school! I'aduating this year, so I'm gonna miss this school. I'm especially gonna miss Mrs.McBratney. Mrs.Blake,and Mrs.Cassara!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 9, 2007

I am very happy with the teachers and the academic's. The parent involvement is huge. The Principal is not aproachable or willing to work with you if you have a child who has special needs this school is not for you. It is all about the test scores. Most teachers love the children and work ten times harder because of the children but the Principal makes it hard for them to enjoy what they are doing. This school would have a 10 star raiting if the Principal was not there. The scores have gone down since she took over.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2007

My son started kindergarten in September and I am amazed at how much he has learned. The teachers & PTA are great. They have so many fun activities for the children as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2006

I really love this school! All three of my children either attended or still attend this school. The only thing I would change is the administrtaion. They seem really hard to get a hold of and the asst. principals are really rude sometimes. The principal should really get more involved with the parents just like the old administration use to do.Also the PTA should be more diversed. They have their own little clicks and are not to welcoming of new parents. The faculty is great and the kids are well taken care of. My children all loved their teachers! It is a great neighborhood too and parents are very involved. Great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2006

P.S. 32 is grades K-5. The teachers are very competent and genuinely care about the education the children are receiving.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2006

I am happy so far with P.S. 32 and my daughter is learning a great deal. She has a wonderful teacher who is very patient and understanding with the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2005

The school was ok. Too many bossy parents as well as bossy administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2005

This is an excellent school. The teachers are very caring and hard working. The academic program is sound and really produces results. The parents are very involved in school activties as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2004

One of the Best elementary schools on the island! The teachers are dedicated, caring and intelligent. The PE teacher is adored by the students -there is a relatively lovely new 'private' playground (though the kindergarten playground, used often by special ed, needs safety improvements). The parent involvement is Tremendous & generous (has to be- we don't get the financial support of poorer schools)- supplying the computer labs, science weather station, library, etc. Really the best elementary school overall when you combine great scores, teacher quality and love and care. Only negatives: Music, PE & Afterschool programs need to be re-instated & the administration does try to secure this. Also, safety issues in the yards (broken cement, mats, garbage bins) need to be addressed. Surrounding streets need speed bumps. Moved to this neighborhood 5 years ago because I heard good things about this school & that is not regretted.
—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 31% in 2013.

142 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
69%
Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

142 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
77%
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.

157 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 36% in 2013.

157 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

155 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
94%
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.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
62%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
79%
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 Students33%
Female47%
Male24%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White31%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilities7%
General population40%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant33%

Math

All Students38%
Female45%
Male33%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic35%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White37%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities7%
General population45%
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 Students43%
Female44%
Male43%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White45%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities3%
General population54%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant43%

Math

All Students61%
Female58%
Male65%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic44%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities9%
General population75%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant61%

Science

All Students95%
Female94%
Male97%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities79%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant95%
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 Students44%
Female51%
Male33%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White40%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilities0%
General population52%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant44%

Math

All Students45%
Female49%
Male39%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White44%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilities5%
General population53%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant45%
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 "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

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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 1 1% 1%
Black 2 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 2%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 39%N/A43%
Source: NYSED, 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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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?

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This school
8.1
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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
 
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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
 
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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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