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Ps 97 Forest Park

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Posted August 11, 2013

This schools is not what I expected. I'm very disappointed about the student to teacher ratio. My daughter was in a class of 32 students last year and only one teacher and no teacher assistant. The children have no recess which is fundamental for a childs developmental milestone. There are only two aids in the cafeteria for the children and a lot of bullying goes around. Many teachers have no patience with the students and there is a lot of screaming. There is favoritism amoungst some teachers to students and some students believe that their teachers hate them. The DOE should be more on top of schools like this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2012

I am a very happy parent because this has been my first year and I am very happy with this school and my son grades, he did very well and this school has a lot to offer the kids, we have a very good principal and vice principal. The parent coordinator Mrs Joseph is wonderful she help the parents and give them the information they need. My son kindergarten teacher Mrs. Sylvia Doreste is one of the best teacher, she been there very long and she is great with the kids. The school gives lots of workshop for the parents so there can help they kids improve in there grades. Ps 97 is in a wonderful community which I am very proud off.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2012

Im very happy with school. Mrs Joseph -Parents/Teacher coordinator is excellent, Mrs Doreste teacher of my son in Kindergarten is GREAT.She works there for 25 years. Other teachers are very good too. My son passed Gifted and Talented test but I did not change school due to the fact that school is the best in district 27. Love this place. A lot of activities for children and a lot of workshops for parents :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2012

I graduated June 28,1949, I had some good days and bad days, but I really liked school. I still am friends with a school mate. Would like to get in touch with many more. Hope to hear from you. Be well and Be safe.


Posted November 17, 2011

I attended P.S. 97 grades 2 - 8 from 1945 - 1952 and have many fond memories, especially of the Forest Park outings in 5th grade. It was feared that I would just wander off if not closely watched, so my favorite girl friend was assigned to hold my hand at all times.


Posted October 21, 2011

Interesting My 2 borthers my sister and myself went to PS-97 from 1958 -1966 I went on to highschool in 1963 and the army in 1968 ( VIETNAM WAR ) but saw no action Followed by my brother and sister in 1964 and 1966 WOW it has changed since we went there it went from grade 6 to grade 8 in those days VERY GOOD school we are all nrea retirement after working 45 years we are rich but everyone cant be .... A good place to get a start in life .... lots of memories ...


Posted February 9, 2011

My first child attendent this school back in the late 1990's and I now have 8 year old second graders attending. Ms. Ingram is a very dedicated and involved principal. The Parent/Teacher Coordinator, Mrs. Joseph is amazing and constantly updating us on events and progress. The teachers are not there just for a paycheck, but show personal interest in each of their students. This school has evolved and improved inmensely over the years and has become one of the best schools in the district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2011

I LOVE this school sonce iwas little my name is Karla Jacome Ms.greene if you read this know that i miss you and i hope to see you soon i always remeber all the times : )


Posted May 9, 2010

This school is a wonderful school. They grow beutiful minds
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2010

I am the after school dance teacher at P.S. 97. My name Is Deneille Loprete. I own the dancing school in Woodhaven for the past 24 years. I love working at P.S 97. It is one of the best schools I have ever worked for. Ms. Ingram is a devoted principal who cares so deeply for her students ,and families. She is constantly striving for new and exciting ways that enable the students and parents to excel. The parents and students of P.S.97 should be honored to have such a wonderful person like Ms. Ingram as their leader. The entire school should thank Mrs. Josephs every day for all the terrific work she does in your school. I have never seen a Parent Co-ordinator work with such devotion. She is amazing!Everyone that works at 97 is so special. What a place!! Your lucky if your child attends that school.


Posted June 3, 2009

My daughter attends kinder garden and I can not believe that she can read and write already- I am very impressed with the school! I love PS-97
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 1, 2009

The school may aparently show that it is on the standards for a regualar education, but when it comes to special programs (12:1), it is not recommendable. The school does not provide the program as it is designed in the IEP. There is too little help for parents with children with disabilities; children do not get counseling, and sometimes, they wait months to receive a mandatory therapy such as the physical therapy. Another issue is the staff and/or teacher of this specific classroom; they often complain that they cannot handle the classroom because of a misclassification of the students. Overall, it is a poor or non-favorable environment for disabled children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2008

The teachers of P.S. 97 are exceptional. I've had a great experience with the teachers my children have had. They have a passion to teach our children. This is more than a job to them. They give their all to the children who attend P.S. 97. Teachers I commend you on your hard work and your eagerness to teach all the students that go through your classroom doors. Parents get the praise in our parenting skills when our kids do well, but we should also praise our teachers because they are with our kids most of they're growing years. Thank you, to all the Teachers of P.S. 97 Submitted by Lillian Perez, a parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2007

This school ROCKED!!!! The teacher are well mannered and they will teach your children well if you have to choose a school for your child choose P.S. 97!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 17, 2005

Some of the teachers at P.S. 97 Q have been there for years. They are amazing teachers. They go above and beyond for the kids. Wonderful School!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 30, 2004

I have been so happy with Forest Park School. My daughter went to this school since kindergarten and now she is in the ARP program at MS210. My son is now attending Forest Park School, he is in 3rd grade. I have been so lucky with the teachers assigned to them. A teacher's dedication to each child is very important. I want to say that these teaches at PS 97 are dedicated. A proud parent. Mrs. Burgos
—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.

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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.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
69%
Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
74%
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.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
59%
Math

The state average for Math was 36% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

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, 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.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
60%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
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 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 Students25%
Female33%
Male18%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander50%
Hispanic24%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities0%
General population29%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English29%
Non-migrant25%

Math

All Students39%
Female38%
Male40%
African American30%
Asian/Pacific Islander60%
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities31%
General population40%
English language learners28%
Proficient in English41%
Non-migrant39%
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%
Female41%
Male40%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander50%
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population41%
English language learners11%
Proficient in English47%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant41%

Math

All Students55%
Female55%
Male56%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander54%
Hispanic56%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population55%
English language learners34%
Proficient in English61%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant55%

Science

All Students95%
Female92%
Male98%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic93%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population95%
English language learners86%
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant95%
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 Students39%
Female45%
Male33%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander63%
Hispanic35%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilities5%
General population48%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English47%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant39%

Math

All Students40%
Female46%
Male33%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander63%
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilities10%
General population47%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English49%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant40%
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 "A" 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
Hispanic 72% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 17% 9%
Black 2 4% 19%
White 1 4% 48%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 2% 1%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 218%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 288%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 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 55%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
8.6
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

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

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This school
8.0
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.8
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.2
 

City average

 
7.8
 
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This school
8.1
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

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This school
8.3
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents35361%
Teachers4078%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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85-52 85th St
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