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I.S. 125 Thomas J McCann Woodside

Public | 5-9 | 1642 students

 

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Posted March 16, 2014

I believe IS 125 is a great school. The staff are more than willing to help the students with just about anything. My daughter went from an 84 average to a 91 average in just one year. As a transfer student from a Long Island High School, we were very surprised to encounter a very challenging level of academics. The opportunity to excel is there. It is up to the students and parents to take advantage. We did encounter a few bad apples, but the dean and guidance counselor were right on point. I highly recommend this school as long as your intention is to focus on you academic achievements. Otherwise, it is probably better to attend a different school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

my school is great teachers are really good and they help you with the big drama...


Posted August 2, 2013

This is a great school that my friends referral me, and told my daughter to registered for this school, she will be attending this school in coming Sep 2013. Can't wait...................
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2012

For a school that gives 3+ hours of homework a night, how in the world are they only scoring 43% for fifth graders in English Language Arts? It's time to cut back on the homework and do more actual learning IN CLASS. This neighborhood is very high in non-English speaking immigrants. How can parents possibly help kids learn when they don't know the language themselves? Answer: THEY CAN'T! Scores for math are only 20 points high, in the mid 60%. Rather than scare the children with giving poor grades for homework being late or incomplete, and having homework be so large a percentage of the grades, they should be focusing on in-class learning. I've caught my child's ELA teacher in numerous grammatical errors including misspelling spelling test words.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2010

This is a very good and safe school. The staff is very helpful and easy to speak with, students are "friendly", and the 'Unified Arts' period is very fun when you choose what you enjoy learning (Music, art, computers, etc); however there are some negative aspects of the school: students are divided by "intelligence" into different classes, some teachers teach extremely basic material, that a third grader would know. The bathroom rules are a mess too. This school is a good school, but everything has negative aspects.


Posted December 1, 2009

This school was awesome. I was there from 6-8 grade and all the teachers were helpful, nice and fun. The staff at this school really knows what they are doing and when it comes to preparing for statewide exams and Regents Examinations, they do everything they can to help out. The only downside to this school is that its a little overcrowded but the level of education tops it and most of the students are very nice and friendly.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 20, 2008

i was a student in this school and I had so many wonderful memories. I am currently a sophomore and I still connect with the great friends I made in I.S.125. I love most of the teachers (few..very few are..er, quite lazy).When I first attended this school, I learned to play few instruments, play sports, meet awesome students and teachers and I wouldn't trade these memories fro any thing
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 11, 2008

Parents do not know how students are in this school. They are bullied, Hw is copied and when they defend themselves, deans will punish them rather then the person who bullied. Room and school is over crowded and peer pressure is a high in this school. What i think is, if your child goes here get him to transfer out immediately. Also if you go here, forget about going to a specialized highschool, the material you learn here is nothing compared to what is on the test, you would need to go to prep school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 18, 2006

I have 3 children, 2 in a local elementary school and one started IS 125 in September, 2006. I m concerned because my oldest son that attends IS 125 does not receive the same caring and compassion that he received at his elementary school. It also seems that he is learning things now that he leaned 2 years ago at his elementary school. I know teachers have to review but this is concerning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2006

This school is very good in teachers but needs more funding. Arts and Computers are well hoever it is very crowded.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 20, 2005

This school provides many good programs such as Math-a. several music,art and one dance class is provided for the students. There is a co-ed volleyball for gym which students compete against each other by classes. there are also clubs and activities after school such as dance rehersal, law team, Kawana's club and much more. This school protects all students which makes it a safe environment.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 3, 2004

This school has proved to be one of the best intermediate schools in the field of education. However, there are some complaints. For example, I am unhappy with the fact that some of the unified arts classes have been cancelled due to a lack of money. When money is donated to the PTA, where does it go? Also apparently, the bathrooms are a problem. My child came home sick, because he couldn't use the bathrooms because the bathrooms were closed due to their irrational and nonsensical schedule, and the nurses office was closed as well. However, I feel that there are capable teachers in the school, and that the deans and everyone is doing their job. One last complaint is that I don't appreciate the fact that some of the curriculum is forced and due to this our children are becoming uncapable of thinking freely. Overall however, I am satisfied.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2003

I was more than pleased with this school for my son Alexander. The school has wonderful teachers, deans, and a well-organized after school program. It is sad to find out that kids' accomplishments are currently somewhat lower than they used to be. I hope the situation is temporary, and will come to an end as soon as public internet places will be prevented from accepting school age children to play computer games at morning time. An interesting picture of the IS 125 basketball team from the early 1900s can be viewed at http://www.maxhome.netfirms.com/edu.htm
—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 30% in 2013.

192 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
43%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

192 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

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. 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.

350 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
49%
Math

The state average for Math was 31% in 2013.

358 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
70%
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. 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.

531 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
46%
Math

The state average for Math was 28% in 2013.

540 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
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 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in 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 34% in 2013.

475 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
41%
Math

The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

483 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2011.

535 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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. 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 2011-2012 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 53% 23%
Asian 38% 9%
White 6% 48%
Black 3% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 19%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 84%N/A43%
Source: 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 51%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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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
8.3
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.9
 

City average

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

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This school
8.3
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
7.8
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.0
 

City average

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

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

Parents

This school

 
7.6
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.9
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

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This school
8.6
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.0
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents93460%
Students139896%
Teachers10394%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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46-02 47th Ave
Woodside, NY 11377
Phone: (718) 937-0320

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