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Ps 41 New Dorp

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2011:
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Posted April 28, 2014

Ps 41 is a good school. Both my children attend and they never had any problems. Even when I moved I kept them their because I think it's a great school. My kids always happy . They have great after school program also which they attend. And the family fun nights for the kids and parents are great too. Even the assignment help for kids I attended to learn more about very helpful to me too to know what is going on .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2014

PS 41 is the worst school a child can go to. Parents please run yourself out if this school and send your child to PS 50 or even better PS53
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2014

My son loves his teachers! It helps he is very sociable and easily interacts with everybody. I haven't had any personal interactions with the principal, though she seems like a tough lady. But how else can you be if you run a school?? Parentes seem not very friendly though. Oh well, can't have everything, right?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2013

After being displaced for over 10 months due to Hurricane Sandy my kids and I are so happy to be back at PS 41. We are so grateful to the principal, parent coordinator, teachers & the PTA who were all so wonderful and gave us the support we needed. After having to place my children in another public school and seeing the difference in education we prayed to come back home & back to PS 41. I know many parents don't always agree with our principal but let me tell you she gets things done and runs a tight ship and I feel confident in saying my children will be prepared once they leave to middle school. And trust me when I say as a parent who has seen the other side of the system I wouldn't want my kids anywhere else!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2013

This school claims to be a Bully free Zone School . That is a load of you know what ! My child was bullied & harassed by other 3 other students on a daily bases it made my kid not able to concentrate on the work , grades dropping ect . When going to the principle to help in this matter she pretended to care when all it is was ,is a decoy to get you off her back . Like that saying goes "here no evil ,see no evil " .. The teachers however are only in it for the paycheck .and fear the principle . It is very sad what this school has become . Almost like a dictatorship . Sad ! very sad !! what is even more sad is they reward the bully by putting them in an honor class instead of taking more sufficient measures of the proper discipline . It has become a case no justice . If I were you I would seriously consider either private or another public school ! Don't send them to 41!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2013

Both of my kids attending this school. See lots of parents complain about the principal. I think she is not a parent - friendly person. However, I see lots of things done for the school, and it all that matters to me. Honors class is MORE then great. Dual program is fantastic. Teachers are demanding and it works for me. I like a load of homework. We are so happy with the school. My older daughter is going to 2nd honor class. Little one is going to kindergarten dual program. Cannot be happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2012

The staff and students at PS41are wonderful. The PROBLEM with this school is the principal. She is the ultimate BULLY. The teachers are very unhappy there strictly because of her. Look at the NYC DOE School Environment Learning Survey. Year after year, this principal gets the worst, if not one of the worst, ratings from the teachers. Yet, nothing is done about it. In the meantime, teachers inform each other on a daily basis of where the principal is each period if they know and they do this out of fear she may pop in and belittle them. She cares nothing about staff or students, just herself. The assistant principal simply parrots whatever is commanded of her, with no regard for staff or students either. Try to avoid sending your students to this school. You need a school where the principal truly cares. This one does not. She just cares about herself and becoming a media hound with bogus events like the "We are going to college" stunt she pulled last year. If you are a teacher looking for a position, this is the LAST school you would want to get a job at. Again, look at the NYC DOE School Learning Environment Survey. It says it all.


Posted June 3, 2012

Both of my sons attended PS 41, my oldest graduated in 2009. My younger one would've loved to stay, unfortunately we moved to PA in 1/10. My sons & I loved the school, I can't say enough positive things about the school, the faculty & even the PAL program. As a single working mom I couldn't participate as much as I wanted, but the opportunity for involvment was always there. My older son transferred in February of 2nd grade, after I left my abusive husband. He struggled with many issues from the seperation and starting a new school mid year. Thankfully the teachers supported him & helped him adjust, when he graduated he was doing great & entered IS 2 honors program. My younger son also dealt with the divorce, plus he struggles with severe anxiety & ADHD. His teachers & I worked together with him; thanks to all the collaborative hard work, he became an ideal student and remains that way. He's being awarded at graduation, for maintaining honor roll status all year. Thanks to PS 41s strong educational foundation my son is graduating 8th grade having been on the honor roll every term of middle school. Additionally my sons are still ahead of all their classmates in honor programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2011

The teachers in this school are fantastic! Unfortunately, the administration has got to be one of the worst in NYC. The principal is a big time bully. If you look at the results of the Learning Environment Surveys for the past year(posted on the DOE website) you will notice that she has the lowest ratings of all the principal on Staten Island. These results are based on the responses from the parents and the teachers of the school. The students, PTA, and teachers get 5 stars. The administration gets 0 stars!


Posted October 26, 2011

this is an excellent school, one that I am proud to send my child to. It's a shame that there are parents who feel that the PTA does nothing & are a bunch of bullies. They are great VOLUNTEERS, who spend THEIR FREE TIME earning money for YOUR CHILD's school. The principal and the PTA have an excellent friendship & are always looking for ways to do things for the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2011

Response to the below Re: PTA. I agree with the parent. The PTA parents are non-responsive, and lack a certain etiquette. If you volunteer to do this job, then you should do it right, don't insist that we need to walk in your shoes. Don't like it, don't care enough, don't do it. With that said, I generally love the school. My son loves the school, and I haven't had any problems other than those with the PTA. The principal needs to have a little more control over them, which she doesn't seem to want to take.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2011

The principal is not the leader of the PTA. THE PARENTS ARE!!!!!! When I say walk in my shoes I am asking you to try and do the job that is unappreciated, thankless, and unable to satisfy the whole. We need to think of the whole student body not just individuals. We do this because we care enough to be involved in our child's education. We care enough to want to make our children's school the best. What we don't like is people criticizing this job that we volunteer for. Thats when we invite you to come and do it better. A wise woman once said if you can't do something yourself you criticize others who are doing the job no one else wanted to do. The parents hold election once a year come and stand up. Take a position and then tell us what you think. Tell us how much we don't care then. Until that time don't talk about stuff you don't know about .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2011

wonderful school, but unfortunately the pta are very super-sensitive and immature woman who represent this school in a very bad way.when problems or differences arrise rather than making a bad situation better they make it worse by bashing, bullying and insulting the parents which have concerns They want to hear all problems as long as it does not involve them if so they run around complaining that the parents should walk in their shoes and do as much bla.wouldn't it be funny if the Principle was to do this everytime a parent complained of something?instead she thanks those who support her.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2011

I think it has a really bad staff and Principal, she likes to patronize the parents and does not resolve problems. You do not feel welcome in that school. I'm so glad my daughter does not attend to that school anymore. It was a NIGHTMARE!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2010

This school keeps us informed of the important issues that are going on in the school and pertaining to our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2010

The PTA offers a ton of great family activities, such as a monthly Family Fun Night and Halloween costume contest. The principal is very accessible and meets with parents once a month. Hard working teachers who go beyond to meet with parents and help children learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2010

Our teachers are the best, and our students are the greatest!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2010

great family-oriented small school. good teachers and PTA. we love it!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2010

The school staff make me and my children welcome at school. The teachers go above and beyond to make sure my children are learning in the classroom. The school PTA offers Family nights were children, their family and school staff get to have fun and interac with each other.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2010

They are doing the best they can especially in this budget crisis.
—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.

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.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
62%
Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
76%
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.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
58%
Math

The state average for Math was 36% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%
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.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
63%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
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 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 Students32%
Female43%
Male25%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic28%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White36%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilities6%
General population44%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English35%
Non-migrant32%

Math

All Students37%
Female30%
Male42%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic28%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White41%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Not economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities12%
General population49%
English language learners20%
Proficient in English39%
Non-migrant37%
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 Students29%
Female30%
Male28%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic18%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White34%
Economically disadvantaged19%
Not economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities5%
General population34%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English30%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant29%

Math

All Students44%
Female41%
Male47%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White48%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities10%
General population51%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English45%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant44%

Science

All Students98%
Female96%
Male100%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged97%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities88%
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant98%
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 Students34%
Female41%
Male26%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic17%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White38%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities7%
General population44%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English36%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant34%

Math

All Students41%
Female45%
Male36%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic26%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White40%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities11%
General population52%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English41%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant41%
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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 2 58% 48%
Hispanic 2 31% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 5% 9%
Black 1 5% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
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 29%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 264%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 7%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 78%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
8.0
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
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Parents

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.5
 

City average

 
8.0
 
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This school
7.6
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.8
 

City average

 
7.8
 
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This school
7.7
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.1
 

City average

 
7.8
 
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This school
8.0
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents37971%
Teachers3780%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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