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Is 49 Bertha A Dreyfus

Public | 6-8 & ungraded | 862 students

 

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Posted June 13, 2011

the day i stepped my foot into i.s.49 was the best day of my life because, i can tell that when i start school here i was going to be a better person. Also i.s.49 is a good school for all children to come there but their parents always say that 49 is a bad school but now it is 2011 49 is a very good school for kids people always say and i always say when you come to 49 u mine your own business nobody will not bother you i love i.s.49...................


Posted May 19, 2010

I.S. 49 is full of caring Teachers and Staff. Everyone...including the Principal go over and beyond for the students!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

It is a caring wonderful school and environment for any child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2010

This is my third year in the school and it's sad to be departing from it. From the instant I stepped in those double doors in the sixth grade, I knew I would like this school, and I did. I have really learned more than I ever have these past few years. I just love it here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 8, 2009

I.S.49 is great. I am going to be an 8th grader on 9/9/09. I love it there, because the teachers and students re nice and fun.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 18, 2009

i am an 8th grader in I.S 49 enviromental studies and in a magnet class when i heard i was going to I.S 49 i kind of thought it was a bad idea but after a couple of weeks at this school i was having the best time any 8th grader will want to have their teachers are real cool the most or majority of the students are nice and fun to be with keep up the good work and keep the flag flying
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 2, 2009

My child is really benefiting from this school. I also enjoy the meetings.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2008

I am currently going to this school and I have to say that this school is pretty good. They have great teachers and thye have installed 5 large televisions in the lunchroom and its nice too, overall this school is great.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 1, 2008

I am a student in IS 49 and i believe the teachers here are a great help. Although the teachers are always there for us, I still pretty much dislike it here. The students here are always fighting and I get made fun of often. Thank god i will be graduating this year, but i will miss some of my teachers cause' they helped me a lot!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 19, 2008

I am a student at IS 49 and in the eighth grade. I really do think that this school deserves more credit than it gets. The teachers are always there for extra help if you need it like during 37 and a half afterschool. There are after school programs, and minors like gym, drama, art, scanTEK, robotics, etc. And there are clubs you can join as well like the Journalism book club. I really do think I've learned a lot in 49. I am going to SI Tech this September and didn't take any extra classes to pass the SHSAT. Your child can really benefit from going to this school
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 1, 2008

I love my school...its so fun and we learn so much. I feel that this is the reason why I am ready for high school because of these wonderful teachers.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 20, 2008

I am a 7th grader in I.S. 49, science & tech 710.MY name is M. I think I. S. 49 is a great school. It offers a magnet program for highly motivated students. It has great afterschool programs, & the security and the teachers are beoming more strict. The teachers are always there to help the students. The only reson the reputation is bad is becasue of some students who distract learning but pay theconsequences in the end.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 24, 2007

I.S.49 has a very bad report card and is in a terrible location.My son goes there and thank god he will be graduating this year .My sons class has goos kids that want to learn and kids with behavioral issues.I'm an involved parent in my sons school . I call the school when i can't make it for any meetings with teachers or to find out info from them about my sons progress in all subjects .I wish more parents were involved in their childs schooling .I feel some teachers care and aren't there for just a check and then they are those that could care less about a student.The school also needs some more police presence around the surrounding streets during dismissal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2007

This school is so good. I'm a 7th grader in science & tech in magnet. The only bad thing about it some students but the school its self is so fun. The teachers are the best, you can really connect with them.And you can make some cool friends. It is safe so now no kids are in the hallways.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 4, 2006

Very good magnet program. Eligable for more children and a bigger school. Some behavioral problems with a couple of children. Needs to become an Academy school w/ strict rules and regulations. Uniform? After School? More Things for kids
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 6, 2006

IS 49 is a very good school with it offering a magnet program. It provides very good edcuation for students who want to reach good high schools like staten island tech. The teachers are very reasonable and go beyond the grade standards. I am in 7th grade and the teachers go beyond student standards like we are learning math a in our math program. The teachers are very nice to the students. Some extracurricular activities are music, art, gym. The magnet program report cards are high at the average is around 90 to 95. Test scores are in the high 3 and 4. This school offers a very good edcuation, so this junior high school is a good school for ur child
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 11, 2006

Ok here it goes- I am a 7th grader at this school. It is overcrowded but fun. I am in a magnet class(advanced class). I have to say there is bullying and fights though. And without our staff that we have now our school would be worse. I love the school and have a lot of memories already! I couldn't ask for another school! Also we have great security guards all over and we have hall sweeps for the students that are late to class!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 27, 2005

I am a student at is 49. I love the school . The teachers are there when you need them . I am in the science and techology section of the school . Im in a special program that most of my cousins went to the school, my grades went up . I been in the school 2 years now. Some of the sudjects they offer are spanish , scantech ,robo lab. I also do after school teams i enjoy the school .
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 4, 2004

I am the parent of a six grader at IS 49. I've had three other children to attend IS 49. All of my children did well in this school, in spite of the bad element to be found there. This school is no worse than all the others. The teachers teach those who come to school to learn and teach them well. My only real concern is that due to budget cuts, my son is missing out on some of the programs that his brother and sister enjoyed. In 1999, 49 taught three foreign languages and music and art was avalible to all students who were interested. That is no longer the case due to budget cuts. There is only one spanish teacher for the 7&8 grade. Over all I think this school is worth consideration.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 29% in 2014.

252 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
10%

2013

 
 
10%

2012

 
 
33%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

253 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
11%

2013

 
 
11%

2012

 
 
32%
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 29% in 2014.

245 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
13%

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
31%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

249 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
13%

2013

 
 
9%

2012

 
 
39%
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 36% in 2014.

273 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
15%

2013

 
 
14%

2012

 
 
25%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

247 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
9%

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
34%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

288 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%
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 middle 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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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
Black 1 41% 19%
Hispanic 2 35% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 13% 9%
White 2 11% 48%
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 110%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 185%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 10%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 48%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 2%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 978 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
6.7
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.6
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
6.4
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.2
 

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
7.3
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
7.5
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.7
 

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
6.9
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.2
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
7.0
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.7
 

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
7.6
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.6
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.3
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents18525%
Students75290%
Teachers4163%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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Staten Island, NY 10304
Phone: (718) 727-6040

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