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Ps 54 Charles W Leng

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 907 students

 

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Posted April 29, 2010

Clean safe peaceful,excellent teachers,good teaching methods
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

Love the teachers,very good communication between teachers and parents.Anytime u go to this school,it's so quiet and peaceful.Great place for our kids to grow and learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

Great leadership with sincere concern for children and their future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2010

I love this school. My daughter is in Pre-k and her teachers are very considerate, caring and they emphasis great social behavior. I send her to school full of excitement and joy. I think she will remember Mrs. Tannacore and Ms. Chrystal often in the future and the fun times she shared with them!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2009

I have two children in the school kindergarten and 1st grade. I think the cirriculum is very good and teachers are very supportive and truly care for the children. There is also a lot of parent involvement. You have to be on top of things at times but there is a lot of support from teachers, office workers, and the Principle.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2009

This school is amazing because i go to it.Our princable Anna Castly is great and she hires great teachers.!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 25, 2009

i moved here from p.a. and the school out there is no conpareason to p.s.54 my kids love it here my son has more of a chlange and my daughter loves it
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2008

I have been a parent of PS 54 for the last 6 years, I have seen so many changes, all for the better. The staff, teachers and PTA are great, really in tune with the needs of every student. The PTA has made some wonderful changes in the last 2 years. The cookbook, bead sale and laser light 'family night' were great. My entire family of 6 loved it. Please do it again next year. The parent survey from the PTA was a great way to express my thoughts on what i would like to see. They listened to my suggestion and changed the chocolate sale this year. I applaud all the teachers for their dedication. The only problem i have is that not enough parents want to get involved or even attend events yet they complain and i think the kids should not watch TV but do fun educational activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2008

Great school with wonderful teachers. Only downfall is a 'very' clicky PTA who run the same activities year after year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 21, 2007

I had the wonderful experience of speaking to students of the third and fifth grades about astronomy. I found them prepared in their understanding well beyond my expectations. I can only attribute this to the efforts of the excellant teaching staff at PS54
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 24, 2007

Excellent school, very good teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2007

I had my child enrolled in a private school for 4 years. I was pleasantly surprised to see how well this public school compared. The teachers provide lots of feedback. The school provides extra help if needed. My son loves the 'Virtual Y' sports and afterschool program for fifth graders. They also have a latchkey program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2006

P.S. 54 is an excellent school with a diverse student poplulation where every child is encouraged to excell.
—Submitted by a staff


Posted February 23, 2004

I love the staff, P.T.A, and community. We would not go anywhere else. However, they could use more extracuricular activities. Such as sports for boys and girls. That would bring school spirit as well as team work to the children.
—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.

140 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
60%
Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

140 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
66%
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.

145 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
60%
Math

The state average for Math was 36% in 2013.

143 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

145 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

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.

138 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
57%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

140 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
71%
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 Students44%
Female47%
Male42%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander60%
Hispanic34%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White39%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities14%
General population52%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English49%
Non-migrant44%

Math

All Students42%
Female35%
Male49%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander58%
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White30%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities15%
General population49%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English47%
Non-migrant42%
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 Students41%
Female44%
Male38%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander52%
Hispanic29%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White41%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities7%
General population51%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English44%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant41%

Math

All Students51%
Female43%
Male61%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander62%
Hispanic21%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White52%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilities26%
General population56%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English53%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant51%

Science

All Students91%
Female92%
Male91%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander97%
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities77%
General population95%
English language learners70%
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
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 Students32%
Female37%
Male28%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander56%
Hispanic24%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White19%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilities11%
General population40%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English35%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant32%

Math

All Students22%
Female24%
Male18%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander45%
Hispanic3%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White10%
Economically disadvantaged15%
Not economically disadvantaged32%
Students with disabilities6%
General population27%
English language learners17%
Proficient in English22%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant22%
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

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
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 35% 9%
White 2 34% 48%
Hispanic 2 24% 23%
Black 1 7% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 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 11%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 58%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 82%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
8.1
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

 
8.0
 
Clear, useful communication about educational goalsWhat's this?

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This school
7.7
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.3
 

City average

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

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

Parents

This school

 
7.8
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.7
 

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
7.9
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.6
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents37559%
Teachers4377%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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1060 Willowbrook Rd
Staten Island, NY 10314
Phone: (718) 698-0600

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