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Ps 193 Alfred J Kennedy

Public | PK-5 | 453 students

 
 

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3 stars

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Posted October 21, 2013

Avoid this school if you can. Issues such as bullying are not addressed and the school's leadership is seriously lacking
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2013

The school is okay. When you drop your kids off get ready to leave them on the steps. They have a girl there that tells you to leave your kid and go. Strange!!! She needs to get a real job!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2013

my school is great. it has the best principle who does all she can to make us happy and the teachers there are just beyond amazing. I am a student there and I will miss it dearly next year while I am in middle school!


Posted May 7, 2013

My son is in first grade now. I am so regret i send him there. The school focus to keep all the kids remain control, not focus on study. They want to emiliate all the nature away from being a kid like a 6 years old. My kid was happy in PK, which was nice. Now, he does not want to go to school, because he doesnot know what would happen. You will figure out fast but dont repeat my mistake take action late. I wont sign in next year. By the way, my kid is a hard working boy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2013

The parent involvement is unbelievable. Every trip and anything they have parents are always there to help and do whatever. The school is small so everyone knows everyone. The teachers are wonderful!! Love this school!! It's like FAMILY!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2010

This school is excellent! P.S 193 has high standards and very good teachers, that care for there students, if it was there own. I give this school and excellent rating.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2010

My daughter just completed her first year here and I thought the school was first rate. They are very strong with e-mail communication to get parents involved at every opportunity without over burdening already busy parents. My daughter felt very loved and cared for in the school. From the moment I dropped her off in the morning I could see the care they took.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2008

My son entered PS 193 this past year. He is in the 5th grade. I must say that this wonderful and caring school took a school phobic child and turned him into a new person. He loves school! I have no problem getting him to go to school, like I did in the past at his prior school. Mr.E is a wonderful teacher. Made my son feel so at ease . I wish that my son could have been here from the time his educational career began. All I can say is thank you!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2008

I am a parent and am becoming disappointed in the way the principal handles bullying behavior. This issue should be taken more seriously.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2008

When I moved to Whitestone, I heard nothing but good things about PS 193. But I am completely and utterly disappointed. Last year in kindergarten my child had an incompetent teacher. This year, thank goodness my child's teacher is wonderful but that is where anything great ends. The principal is never to be seen, always hiding in her office. At PTA meetings she never answers questions honestly, always scurring around real issues. There needs to be a change!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2008

My son attende PS 195 from K-5th, thank goodness this is our last year. The Administration has slowly and steadily ruined this one time great school. They hid in their offices, turn their back on bullies and problematic children. They are backed up by an incompentent staff of guidance counselors. The teachers truly save the school. Their frustrations with the pricinpal is visable and felt in every way. What a shame, a beautiful school, parent involvement, good kids....the children are suffering at the hands of a staff that cannot see them as inviduals, assess their needs and move forward.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2007

this school is the best school i ever wnet to i miss it so much i wish i were a littel girl again just so i could go back to P.S.193. If you are looking for a safe good peaceful school you've found it.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 10, 2007

This school is really great and I recommend it a lot to newcomers.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 18, 2006

Ps 193 q is great .. The principle , teachers, staff, and student is what makes a school great. My son is doing great at this school. Thank you
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2006

I have 2 children in 5 & 6 grade and now with the elimination of citywide exams replaced with statewide exams, I have seen more emphasis on academic. The teachers always have had a emphasis on individuality of the students and had given them a range of great amount to very little amount depending on the teacher. They do have them go to various cultural events throughout the school year. They do not provide any foreign language instruction which is a minus. Over the years the student class size has increased steadily. My 5th grader has 34 students in his class and the other class has 37 students, but nothing can be done due to the NYC Board of Education guidelines of a certain # of students over to qualify for a 3rd class for the 5th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2005

This school has been a supportive and nuturing environment for our daughter the staff and teachers have always been helpful and ready to assist our family with all our concerns. The PTA is great and very involved with the school activities. I would highly recommend this school to any one in search of a top public school in Queens. There is limited after school activity but they have recently added dance to the school curriculum which my daughter loved.
—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 32% in 2014.

67 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
73%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

67 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
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 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.

59 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

61 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%
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.

69 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
70%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

71 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
80%
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 2 65% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 20% 9%
Hispanic 1 15% 23%
Black 1 1% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Two or more races 1 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 113%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 234%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 6%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 87%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 295 responses

This school provides ... 1

A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

This score measures whether parents, students and teachers feel that the school creates a physically and emotionally secure environment in which everyone can focus on student learning.

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This school
8.7
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.9
 

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
8.6
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.7
 

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
8.4
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.8
 

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
8.8
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents27071%
Teachers2578%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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152-20 11th Ave
Whitestone, NY 11357
Phone: (718) 767-8810

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