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Ps 56 The Louis Desario School

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 769 students

 

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Posted April 2, 2014

My daughter has been in ps56 for 3 yrs now. I absolutely am so satisfied with this school the principal staff security are awesome and very friendly, if I ever had an issue it was resolved within that same day. They do not tollerate bullying and I love the fact that when I drop my daughter off in the morning the lady that's in the front of the gate knows my daughter and every single child names that walks in the school yard! It was such a great secure feeling for me that the staff at ps 56 treats my daughter and every other child like their own. Took all my anxiety away I am now sending my 4 yr old to ps 56.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2013

I really do like this school, sp much that I dont want to move out of their zone. Mr. Scali is great, dont know much about Mrs.Derose though. I have truly liked each of the teachers my child had for the last 3 years. I will say that having worked at several PTA functions I have been exposed to other teachers, gym teacher is nuts!! She is rough and constantly yelling (witnessed this with kindergartners), her field day isnt fun because the kids cant be enthusiastic at all. Also Mrs. DellaSanti terrible, all she does is yell, I witnessed her berating a 5 year old child for talking as every other child was doing the same. The whole time she yelled and yelled, if you cant handle kindergartners maybe you should be in the upper grades. Overall I really love the school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2011

There is nothing special about this school. It's in a nice neighborhood and that's about it. I have two children there, one in kindergarten and the other in 3rd grade. There are no options for working parents as far as after school programs, getting on the waiting list for OST is nearly impossible as they never answer the phone nor do they return messages. There is also no Eagle program for advanced students. Every week they send home letters asking for money or supplies or both. It's frustrating as a single parent trying to give my children the best and having no support. I agree with the other parents that felt their office staff is rude, they are. They have absolutely no compassion. My son's teacher called me at work because he wasn't working fast enough! He's in his second month of kindergarten! They have dances with no snack or drinks (where did the $5 per child go?). This school made me regret moving here and has made life harder both financially and emotionally.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2011

I agree also that the children of the PTA moms do get special treatment.One time at the book sale,I saw that kids whose mothers were on the PTA had the most popular books put aside for them so that they were sure to get them.And,at the plant sale,the PTA moms put the best flowers and plants aside for themselves.And it also amazes me how it is always a PTA moms kid that wins the awards.The Principal is very caring,the assistant principal I barely notice,the office secretaries are nosey and rude,and the Parent/Teacher Coordinator thinks she runs the school.Most of the teachers are good but,some could be better.The school is mostly kept clean except for the bathrooms,my kids have told me that they are filthy and they will not use them.Overall it's an okay school but,nothing to brag about.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2011

I am disappointed in this school even though my children are doing well. There is no paid latchkey program here and to get into the UAU FREE program with only 120 seats is almost next to impossible. There is no support for working mothers. I have yet to get my child in Girl Scouts at the school for 3 yrs now. Every year I call and am told she is next on the list. The doors do not open till 8, there are no options before that. I have been up at the school several times this years and the children are loud, rude and running around. The teachers don't tell them not to behave that way and neither do the parents. I went up for a breakfast with students and parents in which kids were freely running all over and it was acceptable. The faculty is afraid of parents and the squeaky wheel gets the grease here. I'm not happy and looking into other schools for September as I want my children in a more controlled environment and where the favorite PTA moms children always get the best of everything and the working moms children get the shaft.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 23, 2010

I transferred my children here from PS 3 because I found that 3 was not academically rigorous. I am extremely impressed by the teachers at PS 56. My children are engaged and are being challenged on a daily basis, which leads to their academic growth. Mrs. DeRose stands out as a wonderful and caring assistant principal and there is a strong PTA. The school is also kept very clean. I highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2010

my grandson goes there and he is learning so much,the teachers r wonderful and the school is kept so clean. he loves to go, does not give a problem. so they must be something right
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2010

The staff is very involved and considerate of the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2010

P.S56 is my favorite elementry school. My son graduated with great grades and I have to thank the wonderful teachers he had. My daughter is a 4th grader and is doing well. All the para's are helpful, and the PTA try their hardest to raise money for the school. Thank you P.S56 and Mr. Scali for wonderful memories!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2010

The teachers and staff and very nice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2010

Its a great school, wonderful teachers and staff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2010

i would be glad to vote :)
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Posted November 1, 2010

My Son Learn So much....I'm suprise, teachers are great, take time their time. So far....Love this school
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Posted November 1, 2010

I think the teachers my son has had in his ,now, 5 years there, have taught him wonderfully and he enjoyed going there.I never felt that they lack on any teaching in any area and if help was needed it was always offered.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2010

I have been a PS 56 since its opening in 1998. I will now watch my 3rd and final child graduate. My children had one wonderful teacher after the other. My older children still some and visit their teachers with fond memories.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2010

It is a great school with great parents wonderful programs, and a helpful staff...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2010

my daughter feels at home, the teachers are wonderful and there is great communication.
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Posted October 22, 2010

Great program, excellent teachers/staff...Very happy on this school
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Posted October 22, 2010

it is an excellent school
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Posted October 22, 2010

I love P.S. 56 because each individual student is treated with such care.


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 32% in 2014.

118 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
64%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

119 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
73%
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 33% in 2014.

101 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
73%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

102 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

137 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%
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 30% in 2014.

134 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
38%

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
69%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

135 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
78%
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 "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
White 1 86% 48%
Hispanic 2 9% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 3% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 1% 1%
Black 1 1% 19%
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 21%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 240%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 0%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 77%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

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Music
  • Band

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
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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 552 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
8.6
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.6
 

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
8.2
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

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

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

Parents

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.4
 

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
8.4
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.8
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents52194%
Teachers3170%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • MR. DEAN SCALI

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
School facilities
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Kickball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
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250 Kramer Ave
Staten Island, NY 10309
Phone: (718) 605-1189

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