School Details

Ps 21 Margaret Emery Elm Park

168 Hooker Pl, Staten Island, NY 10302
(718) 442-1520
3

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 468 students 13 students/teacher (NY avg is 13)

Test Scores by grade

13%
36%
32%
19%
43%
42%

New York State Assessments (NYSA)

In 2011-2012 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 results for English language arts and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles and the science results will be added when they are released in the Fall of 2013. 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.
  • This school in 2014
  • New York City Geographic District #31 average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

11%
35%
33%
26%
44%
43%

New York State Assessments (NYSA)

In 2011-2012 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 results for English language arts and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles and the science results will be added when they are released in the Fall of 2013. 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.
  • This school in 2014
  • New York City Geographic District #31 average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

18%
33%
30%
14%
42%
40%

New York State Assessments (NYSA)

In 2011-2012 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 results for English language arts and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles and the science results will be added when they are released in the Fall of 2013. 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.
  • This school in 2014
  • New York City Geographic District #31 average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Ps 21 Margaret Emery Elm Park is a public elementary school in New York. The principal of Ps 21 Margaret Emery Elm Park is MS. GINA MORENO, who can be contacted at gmoreno@schools.nyc.gov. 468 children attend Ps 21 Margaret Emery Elm Park and identify as Hispanic, Asian, and Asian/Pacific Islander. 20% of the Ps 21 Margaret Emery Elm Park students have "limited English proficiency." 94% of the 468 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Ps 21 Margaret Emery Elm Park is 13:1. St Adalbert School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 59% 23%
Asian 4% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 8%
Black, non-Hispanic 25% 15%
White, non-Hispanic 12% 54%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 0.5%
Multiracial 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 94% 53%
Limited English proficiency 20% 6%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    I couldnt agree more with the comments about the principal's nasty attitude toward teachers and parents. She rules this school through threats and intimation actually targeting teachers for no good reason and driving them out by being abusive. How she is still in the system and considered an educator is baffling. I feel badly for the teachers who despite the impossible atmosphere truly care about their students and try to do their very best by them. This school would be great if morale wasn't so low and the staff so on edge due to threats from the principal. She speaks to parents like they're idiots- as if she's doing them a favor by addressing their concerns. She's quick to play the blame game and throw staff under the bus. Leaders should lead by example- not by setting up a hostile environment where a fear based economy thrives.

  • (10 months ago)

    I hear there is some "funny business" going on between two female teachers in school. Should be looked into by the administration if you ask me. Although it's just "hear- say" it should be investigated.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is my sons first year at this school and I most say the principal is most disrespectful and unprofessional person ever. I agree with the other parents. She should work with animals cause that's who she thinks she's speaking to. She's is so lucky that I'm a respectful person. She thinks she's dealing with people that don't have educations and don't know who to speak English and won't answer her back. She should go back to school and learn how to communicate with others.

  • (1 year ago)

    I thought I was the only person that felt this way about the principal parent coordinator and secretary. My daughter has been attending this school since kindergarten and now she's in second grade and it has gotten from bad to worse. and this will be her last year and this circus they call a school.

  • (1 year ago)

    Well this is my child first year attending this school and I truly think the second grade teachers are great. But on the other hand the principal has to work on her social and people skills she's awful. I heard this isn't the first time a parent complained about her until I seen it for myself yesterday at pick up. I thought to myself if I wasn't a person with respect for others I would have told her off. Lets see how the rest of the year goes. I suggest she looks for a job that has nothing to do with communicating with people such as dog walking because her lack of respect for others sure isnt there .

  • (1 year ago)

    This this is my son's first time and last time going to this school he's in 3rd grade the school isnt good and the principal is very disrespectful unprofessional and very obnoxious and does not know how to speak to parents and students the teachers are not that great either. my son also suffered from being bullied all year and the principal and teacher just ignored it and pushed it to the side plenty of times and never did anything about it my son was very miserable at this school and is happy that he will not be attending next year also Mr Fernandez is the principles puppet and will do anything that she says the main problem is the principal at the school and I really think that she needs to be replaced with someone better

  • (3 years ago)

    this is my sons first year there and i have found the secretary's and principal very unprofessional when you speak to them. also the way they dismiss all the children is crazy when it rains you cant even find your child they just put them in any room they are not organized but on the better part when i have spoken to some of the teachers they showed there interested for there kids and i do agree they need special programs and a pre-k.

  • (3 years ago)

    This is my daughter's first year at this school. She entered as a transfer student going into the 4th grade. It's only October and I've talked to the teacher 3x's. None of it was negative but great communication between teacher and parent shows my daughter that we are all on the same page and we are here to help her do well.

  • (4 years ago)

    teachers are good but parking and picking up children ends up being a ticket frenzy for cops there should be school busses!principal has to learn the difference between parents and students when speaking to them!she can be very judgemental and obnoxious.

  • (4 years ago)

    Nearly 4 generations of my family attended this school. The teachers are amazing and are always willing to take time out to help students in need. P.S.21 is a wonderful place. It gives off the right message to students and helps them to grow throughout their years in attendance.

  • (5 years ago)

    My son attended PS21 for Kindergarten and the First Grade. The staff is dedicated but I was upset that the school does not have classes to accommodate special needs kids. Other than that the school is fine.

  • (6 years ago)

    It's my first year teaching at PS 21. I have taught at other schools and within other programs. Many times I have heard the term 'family' thrown around but I've never actually experienced the feeling before. Administration teachers and students honestly care about each other which fosters a true sense of community within the walls of this school. Iam honored to be a part of the PS 21 family.

  • (7 years ago)

    This is a great school! My daughter who has a learning disability has been in P.S.21 almost 1 year now. The progress she has made there is just amazing. She has mastered memorizing almost the entire multiplication table(something I couldn't get her to do!) and her reading has improved so much. The staff is very caring and supportive.

  • (7 years ago)

    Enthusiastic principal. Caring teachers. Supportive staff. Much more parent involvement needed to make this a A++ school.

  • (7 years ago)

    Excellent school and great teachers! They do so much for our kids.

  • (9 years ago)

    P.S. 21 is a great school that has been around for years. I had 3 children who attended the school and the extra curricular activities such as the May Fete were always a highlight for the children and myself.

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