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Montessori School 31

Public | PK-6 & ungraded | 348 students

 

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Posted April 3, 2014

From pre k on this school has been nothing but Amazing My daughter is in 2nd grade and is reading above grade level, getting 3 and 4s every semester, I am so happy with the Principle and the teachers keep up the great work.And they also have a great PTA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2014

Dr. Banks-Williams is an amazing principal who shows dedication to her students, their families and teachers. My children love going to school each day. The teachers are truly gifted and nurturing. This was by far the best educational choice made for my children for elementary school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2013

My children have thrived in this school. The teachers are dedicated and excellent role models. It is a warm atmosphere with a small school feeling. There is plenty of parent involvement with a strong PTA. I wish the school continued to 8th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2013

I am pleased with the work and play atmosphere, the family involvement, and the child developement. I have never seen such community spirit and committment to the betterment of each child. We are happy to be involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2012

I am happy with the Montessori learning,My childrens are doing well and reading above theirs grade levels. My concern is that since 2009 I see the school state test scores going down. I really hope Montessori 31 can pull up their state test scores levels back up. If not they will have to take a good look and see what went wrong and fix the problems.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2010

I am very happy with this school. I am pleased with my childs progress and the way that he is taught. I love the Montessori way and highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2009

I sent my child to Montessori School 31 for prek and k and I felt that my child excelled in these classes. However, the school does need improvements in the higher grades. They need to bring in more qualified teachers that can teach the upper classes; so, the children could have a good education which is lacking at this time. I did hear that the school will be going through changes in September with a new administration. I would hate to see the school not improve. They do have some great teachers that give their time to the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2008

Do not send your child to this school!! The problems with the non-teaching staff are too great to numerate. The principal does not understand the younger children
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2008

This school used to be rated as an 8 by great schools and was downgraded to a 4 based on one years bad exam results. Makes no sense to me. Out son has flourished in this school. Teachers are very committed. The school appears to use a 'hybrid' Montessori system with a focus on the 3 Rs over and above the creativity and independence instilled by the Montessori system. Our son used to go to a Montessori private school. When he recently attended a kids birthday from that school I was able to observe that he was way ahead of those kids. All in all, a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2008

This is a great school. The teacher's are more than 100% committed. The PTA is fabulous, they provide great activities and assemblies fort he children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2008

We are thrilled with our daughters education at 31 she has learned so much and is so confident...she is in Kinder now but loves it....the Principal, teachers, aids, and Parents are very well involved... Love it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2007

My daughter started Pre-k in September and I love the school, the teachers are great too. She has a teacher and a full time aide in a class of 25. Music, art, gym and library are visited at least once a week. She's really getting a great start, starting to read and write and she's 4!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2007

For Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten children this is not a very good school, my son was in a pre-k clas of 25 children with one teacher and one part time teachers aide. The teacher may have been a good teacher (I could not tell she was extremely overwhelmed) but this school has too many strikes against it. Do not even think of sending your child to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2007

My son attended Montessori 31 s pre-k last year. I thought he would be learning at his own pace and thus chose that school. I found my son being rushed to meet other children s skills and abilities. I found that the quality of instruction and even the classroom appearance were not the same for bilinguals.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2007

We are new to School 31 and are so pleased with Dr. Braio, the staff and teachers, the PTA also provides great activities, and there is such a big parent involvement I am thrilled that the school goes to 6th and looking forward to the proposal of an academy for the three schools 11,31,and 27.. Keep up the great work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 26, 2006

My children are thriving at Montessori School 31. They are getting a great education and I am very pleased. Art and music classes are a part of my children's everyday routine. I hope the school will provide more after school activities in the future. Parents, teachers and the principal are very involved. It feels like a home environment. I only wish the school would continue to 8th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2006

This is a great school and it has a very dedicated principal, Dr. Braio and very hard working teachers. PTA is also very active. Montessori program is very impressive. School does very well on the standardized test. Keep up good work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2006

I am very pleased with the progress my child has made at this school. It's a small, intimate setting, there is a real feeling of family there. The PTA is very active and there is always an interesting extra-curricular activity going on to complement the curriculum. My daughter is thriving in the Montessori environment. She is extremely self-motivated, which is thoroughly supported by the program at 31. It is a real Montessori school, not just Montessori for marketing purposes. My daughter has had phenomenal teachers so far (she is entering third grade). They are all well-trained, knowledgeable and caring. It is a happy, academic environment. In addition, the standardized test scores in this school are competitive with neighboring, well-known school districts with better reputations.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2006

A dedicated school putting focus on the children where it should be. Advanced academic programs. For example my first grader is learning things that other 3rd graders are learning in other schools. It has been a wonderful experience to be a part of this school and beside academics they never forget about having fun. Activities all year round more than any other school I have seen. There are lots of unique activities with lots of unique people working in this school and that is what makes School 31 special.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2005

Great for prek - grade 4. After school activities not provided.
—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.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
7%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
41%
Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
2%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
38%
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.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
4%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
41%
Math

The state average for Math was 36% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
12%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
36%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
69%
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.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
62%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
14%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
44%
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.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
53%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
11%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
54%
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 Students7%
Female14%
Male0%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic9%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White0%
Economically disadvantaged4%
Not economically disadvantaged11%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learners0%
Proficient in English9%
Non-migrant7%

Math

All Students2%
Female0%
Male4%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic0%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White6%
Economically disadvantaged0%
Not economically disadvantaged5%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learners0%
Proficient in English3%
Non-migrant2%
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 Students4%
Female0%
Male8%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic9%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged8%
Not economically disadvantaged0%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant4%

Math

All Students12%
Female0%
Male23%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic18%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged15%
Not economically disadvantaged8%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant12%

Science

All Students80%
Female75%
Male85%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant80%
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 Students20%
Female19%
Male20%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White30%
Economically disadvantaged7%
Not economically disadvantaged29%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant20%

Math

All Students14%
Female19%
Male7%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White30%
Economically disadvantaged0%
Not economically disadvantaged24%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant14%
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 Students26%
Female38%
Male12%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic13%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged17%
Not economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant26%

Math

All Students11%
Female14%
Male6%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic4%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged8%
Not economically disadvantaged15%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant11%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 2 48% 23%
White 2 32% 48%
Black 1 14% 19%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 5% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 1% 1%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 220%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 247%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 61%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

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  • MS. SHARON BANKS-WILLIAMS

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