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P.S. 48 William C Wilcox

Public | PK-5 | 551 students

 

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Posted November 6, 2013

My kids have only been in the school for a few weeks but I am pleasantly surprised by what a wonderful school we have found! It really is a diamond in a sea of blah on Staten Island. I have high hopes for my children in this school. I am still getting to know the staff and teachers but the parent coordinator is just wonderful and was one of my first points of contact at the school. She is always available for questions and is so involved. So far so good!! Can wait to see what comes next!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2013

The worst school ,If you really looking to have NYC ACS at 12:30am to your House, reported from Kristina being late 12minutes to pick up your child,than you should keep your children to this school,.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2013

I must admit my son was extremely nervous to start kindergarden but after the first two days the teacher made him feel very comfortable and now he doesnt want to miss a day. The teachers make everything fun. While they are playing they also are learning. He reads and writes on his own. Very proud of Ps48
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 21, 2012

I am very happy with the school but the school is too crowded. There seem to be kids who are not zoned for the school, but I have no clue how they ve been admitted there. There has to be some kind of verification that DOE can do. They should not let these things happen. A lot of favors go on. My son s class is crowded 30+ kids and I can bet most of them aren t zoned for the school. No other problems that I could see with the school. Teachers are great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2012

I have had children in this school for the past 5 years. I cannot be happier with the principal and teaching staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2012

P.S. 48 is a victim of its own success. It is severely overcrowded and filled with out-of-zone scammers and Petrides' teachers' kids admitted out of professional courtesy. They really need to verify where people are living. It isn't fair to those of us for whom it is our actual zoned school. The school is full and turns away in-zone people. Other than that, seems okay, but should have more phonics and less emphasis on sight words in the early years. Also, one of the social workers working with the early grades is more than a bit over zealous.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2012

Best elementary school ever! The teachers are very nice and best of all they make school fun!


Posted November 4, 2011

CONT. JOIN P.S.48 and together help make it a better place and please dont listen to one bad review I understand everyone has their flaws but seriously its the right thing to do. If i can i would want to be younger and reattend school. If you consider this school tell the principal that you read my review, Suzie Nisthauz is the name and im positive you will never forget it because 48 helped me reach my ambition of becoming a preformer and i SUCCEDING ! The next time you might see me is in the big screen , all thanks to 48. Do the right thing and send your children nieces nephews cousins friends kids send everyone to 48, they are expanding because of YOUR demands , please do the right thing.


Posted April 27, 2011

PS 48 is a wonderful school for children to grow and learn. My child is excelling there and couldn't be happier. The teachers are wonderful and easy to talk to. Communication between faculty and parents is more than I could ask for. It is a very family oriented school and they have a lot of wonderful events. I'm so glad that my child is able to attend such a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2011

It is interesting to note that this school is indeed very good as all the reviews have indicated here and it does deserve the 10 rating. My son had many problems when he was attending pre-school that we were very concern if he can handle the "mainstream" school environment when he entered into kindergarten. However, as time progressed, the school (or teacher) magically turned my son around as he is now doing very well in the kindergarten class. I guess the school does a good job in making a challenging curriculum and entertaining as well. Its parent coordinator, Terry Guthrie, does an excellent job in entertaining the parents questions. The only problem I see with this school is the space which the school is addressing by building a larger new school in the near future. It would be nice if this new school can be built as a K-8 school instead of its existing K-5 school but I'm not sure that it shall happened.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2010

We are educators in the private and public sectors. Neither of us can imagine another better place to bring our children every day. They feel physically and emotionally safe in this colorful building. Staff members on every level are warm, supportive and professional. There is a broad and balanced commitment to educating the whole child, character, academic, physical, civic and artistic. Every child is treated as a special individual. We feel included and valued as parents in the school community. What more is there?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2010

The school staff and administration is amazing. I have had such a great experience having my son there and look forward to my daughter attending next year. The teachers and principal are the best. I also love the fact that parents are so involved and fight for special programs etc.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2010

I love PS 48 because the people who work there are kind are real, they show affection to the children and parents of this fast growing community. This schools logo states that 'we're not just a school, we're a family', and they truly make it feel that way in every way. When I enter PS48 i know i will be greeted with the ever so friendly staff, I always feel welcomed and know that what ever questions or needs I have will be answered in the most respectable way. PS48 is a great school for families to experience a safe environment, a well rounded education for their children and the best learning experience any school can offer!!


Posted March 22, 2010

My child is new to the school. I feel the principal is wonderful, however some of the teachers seem unapproachable. The biggest drawback is the overcrowding and lack of space for the children. There is no gymnasium or auditorium, only a very small 'use it for everything lunchroom'. The children are often stuck in their extremely small classroom all day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2010

PS 48 is a nice school. My son enjoys going to school everyday and I feel extremely comfortable dropping him off and knowing that he will be well cared for. The teachers are wonderful and caring! The PTA is EXCEPTIONAL! They are so dedicated to this school. They provide a huge positive impact to this school and it would not be the same without them! The afterschool programs and family nights are fun and educational. Of course there will be parents who are not happy with some aspect of the school, but you cant please everyone and no school is perfect. But I would say that this school is pretty great!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2010

My daughter couldn't even stay another year the kids were so terrible to her and the principal definitly had problems!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2010

I am always amazed to see all that goes on inside the walls of PS 48. One would think that the limitations of size and space would also put a limit on the extra curricular activities that take place in and around the school. PS 48, is not just a school, but truly a family. The principal knows everyone by name and her door is always open to the parents and children. She encourages everyone to be the best that they can be and always finds time for everyone who is part of the school to shine in their own special way.. The school is a gem of a school. a jewel, so shine on PS 48 and continue to be the STAR that you are!!!


Posted March 15, 2010

I have been a parent in the school for several years now, and have been extremely happy with the education. It is a good balance of academics, art appreciation and social education. The handful of staff children does not make a school overcrowded; it is the excellent ratings, high test scores and the fabulous reputation that draws parents to this school. I believe it speaks volumes that the staff trusts the education here and the other staff members enough to expose their own children to this school. Due to the hard work of the staff and the PTA, they were able to get the City Council and DoE to approve building a new state of the art building across the street to alleviate the continuing growth of the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2010

The teachers are highly qualified & strive to surpass the standards. They work beyond their mandated hours & make themselves available to help in any capacity. The Principal has a true love for the children, & brought vital, enriched & innovative learning experiences into the school. The programs offered are better than most private schools. The children receive a well rounded, balanced education. The support staff is wonderful; the Parent Coordinator, coaches & specialty teachers are the hardest working, most involved professionals. Everyone works together to make sure the children reach their fullest potential. The PTA finds new & creative ways to bring the school community together, & offer opportunities for involvement. It s a shame that the good could be tarnished by ignorance. This school is truly exceptional. Anyone who takes the time to find out what is really going on during the day would know that!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2010

I am very fortunate that my children are part of the PS48 family. They are receiving a wonderful well-rounded education. I find the staff to be extremely approachable and I have never seen a more dedicated PTA. It is obvious that the children in the school come first. It is due to the principal that the school is rich in the arts and although challenged with the physical constraints of the building, was able to bring in physical education as well. The school continues to receive high ratings and high test scores, which proves the staff and the principal are doing an amazing job. I am saddened by the negative reviews, I believe these parents are not fully aware of the wonderful things that take place at PS48.
—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 31% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
73%
Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
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 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in 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 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 36% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 88% in 2011.

76 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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. 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.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
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 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in 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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 61% 48%
Asian 19% 9%
Hispanic 16% 23%
Black 5% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 9%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 45%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 70%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 354 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
9.2
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
9.0
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.5
 

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
9.2
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.9
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.5
 

City average

 
7.8
 
Strong parent, teacher and student engagementWhat's this?

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This school
9.1
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.4
 

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
9.2
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.6
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents32273%
Teachers32100%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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1055 Targee St
Staten Island, NY 10304
Phone: (718) 447-8323

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