School Details

Ps 232 Lindenwood

153-23 83rd St, Howard Beach, NY 11414
(718) 848-9247
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-8 & ungraded 1063 students 15 students/teacher (NY avg is 13)

Test Scores by grade

43%
30%
32%
38%
38%
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 #27 average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

53%
31%
33%
54%
41%
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 #27 average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

42%
26%
30%
50%
39%
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 #27 average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

34%
23%
29%
41%
32%
38%

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 #27 average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

40%
28%
29%
47%
31%
33%

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 #27 average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

60%
32%
36%
53%
15%
22%

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 #27 average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Ps 232 Lindenwood is a public middle school in New York. The principal of Ps 232 Lindenwood is MS. LISA JOSEPHSON and can be contacted at ljoseph3@schools.nyc.gov. 1,063 children attend Ps 232 Lindenwood and are mostly Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 4% of the Ps 232 Lindenwood students have "limited English proficiency." 55% of the 1,063 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Ps 232 Lindenwood is 15:1. St Helen School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 9% 31%
White, non-Hispanic 39% 10%
Hispanic 38% 35%
Asian/Pacific Islander 13% 23%
Asian 13% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 0.6%
Multiracial 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 55% 78%
Limited English proficiency 4% 10%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    I am a parent of 3 children who have attended PS 232. Two have gone on to high school and college. The staff at PS 232 are exceptional beginning with Mrs. Josephson the principal. Her primary goal is the best education for all the students in her school. She tries to remain on neutral ground both with the faculty and the parents. My children have had a good education for their primary and middle school years. She also has a very competent staff. Mrs. Leibman Asst. Principal Mr. Collins Asst. Principal and Ms. Black Guidance Cons. The Teachers give every child the fundamental tools to learning and succeeding in their future. It is up to the individual child and their family to continue on to a road of success. Thank you faculty of PS 232.

  • (11 months ago)

    I am a parent of a 5th grader and a 2nd grader in P.S 232. My older son is in the gifted class. He will be leaving and going to The Scholar's Academy. I would like to thank Ms Josephson the principal Ms Leibman Ms DeClemente Ms Turner Ms Adams Ms Stetina and not forgetting Ms Wilenski for the wonderful job you guys have done. After six years it feels like we are one big happy family. Just found out some of the teachers will not be coming back in September I feel like I'm losing a member of my family. My younger child will still be in the school. I am so thankful for what this school has given and continues to give not only my children but other students as well. THANK YOU P. S 232 you are greatly appreciated.

  • (1 year ago)

    As a parent and former student I am so grateful to be part of such a loving and caring school. The teachers we have had over the past years have been nothing but caring. My son had surgery on his hand And his teacher purchased him special pencils make his writing more comfortable. During the summer she emailed him about a book she thought he would enjoy proof that even during vacation teachers still care and work. This year with the stress of state testing both of my children came home with letters of encouragement and praise. It amazes me that with over 1000 students the principals know each and every one. Once a month she has a Breakfast and invited parents to discuss matters and keep them informed it's so warm and welcoming. Numerous meetings our principal has stated that they are teaching our children for a career not a job as a parent this is the kind of education I want for my child's success and future. I am always kept Informed of my child's progress and they are always given extra help in the areas needed. They are receiving the best possible education from the most loving caring staff and I'm proud my children are part of the 232 family.

  • (1 year ago)

    My children are both in the upper grades at 232. I do agree that the principal is incompetent but I must say the assistant principals do as much as they can to help the children. In the younger grades the assistant principal actually cares for the children. I do believe that having personal friends teach in the school has caused the principals credibility to decrease. Those teachers are also the most uncaring teachers my children have had so far. The school itself has exceptional teachers who do go above and beyond. This has nothing to do with the principal.

  • (1 year ago)

    MY child attends this school. Education is a very important gift I can give to my child. The principal of this school is providing and exceptional experience for my child. This gift of learning is not only given in academic areas but in enrichment activities as well. The professionalism of all staff in the building is excellent and represent the best in the city. As the bumper sticker says I am a proud parent of a student at PS 232. This principal helps these children learn and adds programs to assist children that are struggling and truly wants her students to succeed. The principal and staff are always available an address concerns of parents thoroughly. I feel this school is giving my child the foundations to enjoy learning and to want to continue to learn through the years. I would like to thank PS 232 for being a part of my child's life. I am so glad that I am able to send my child to this neighborhood school.

  • (1 year ago)

    My child attends ps232 and receives a wonderful education. The teachers keep me Informed of my child's progress. The principal Mrs. Josephson is always welcoming caring and answers my concerns promptly. I feel very lucky that my child is in such a caring environment.

  • (1 year ago)

    A firm principal is one thing but incompetent to the point she constantly tells parents she can't recall what was said to a parent by her is just ridiculous. My children do love the school and their teachers. The principal has a lot of room for improvement. When a parent questions what's going on with their children the principal should have an answer or find an answer not make excuses.

  • (1 year ago)

    My three children attend PS 232 so I have spent a lot of years in and out of this building. All three administrators have met with me to discuss the academic strengths and weaknesses of my children and sometimes have also shared personal advice about raising children. They have always excepted my phone calls unless they were in a meeting or in the classrooms. I speak to my friends and my own sisters whose children are in other schools and there is nothing out there that compares to PS 232. They want to come to PS 232. That type of school has leadership that begins at the top. It sounds like a disgruntled parent below is having trouble with her own child who is not doing well on state tests. It is the responsibility of the parent to make sure that their child is confident and successful not the school. Some parents just do not want to take the responsibility and they are in denial. Working in schools today is difficult enough; they do not need parents who knock them down every step of the way just because their child is not doing well.

  • (1 year ago)

    My children love the school and their teachers. It is the teachers that make a great impacted on the children and it is the princal who holds the whole school together. Some parents don't understand at sometimes the princal has to be firm.

  • (1 year ago)

    The principal has a tendency to forget that she is dealing with involved parents and attempts to treat parents as if they are inferior to her. We have had numerous issues with the principal. As a whole the school is a good school with the majority of teachers who generally care for the children. With the new common core standards the teachers and students are in the process of learning which is fine. The DOE should seriously think about revising their promotion criteria for June due to the fact that numerous children maintain 90's or better throughout the year and just because they score low on the state exams they are mandated to summer school this is a genuine waste of time and money especially given the summer school exam is a city exam (easier) and the May test is a state exam (harder) in other words why have your children work to keep good grades if what matters is the grade on the state tests... Just a concerned parent

  • (2 years ago)

    What I really like about PS 232 is that academics come first but there is always time for other events that make it a well-rounded experience. The state tests are important to anyone who wants there child to be successful but 232 has a huge heart and finds the time to fund raise for others in need. Hurricane Sandy devastated our community they raised so much money and food and clothing for others. They have adopted another school that needed gifts at Christmas. They are having a cancer walk in the spring. My child might not be on the honor roll every marking period but he is getting more of an education at PS 232 than anywhere else. They are even adopting the manatee since it is becoming extinct and have purchased t-shirts for the students for Earth Day. There are strict rules and not all parents like them like having to have there child in school on time and wearing a uniform. This school is preparing my child to be successful in the real world. All of my sons teachers have been awesome and they are always willing to answer my questions. One improvement would be more afterschool programs but I know that that depends on the budget.

  • (2 years ago)

    My kids are new to this school so far they have had ok experiences. Its only the third day So time will tell I hope teacher meet day will go ok. I pray my experience with the school will be a good one. Again its still early. Just wish they made us more aware of kids progress.

  • (2 years ago)

    As many other public schools they have way too many children per class which affects the quality of the education they receive. In addition they lack after school programs in the lower grades. They have too many field trips that contribute nothing to the curriculum and waste the children's time that could be used for formal instruction. This is a nice school but don't expect outstanding education.

  • (3 years ago)

    I think that the school is good for kids who are smart but if your kid s are behind then it is not a good school. They have no compassion for kids with learning disabilities or any disability in that matter. I feel that the staff is afraid to say what they really want to say because of the principal. This school is not special Ed friendly at all. I thought that if you worked in the school that your kids could not go there like their kids don t get everything that they need or special treatment.

  • (3 years ago)

    My wife setup an appointment with the principal because one of my son's teacher asked if we were notified that both our sons are not going to be promoted. She also stated " if it were up to me I would have promoted him but I had no decision in this matter". I met with the principal who showed me a sample writing of my children with the word June affixed on top. This was clearly one of his writing from the beginning of the school the year. My sons write well for first grader and I have samples from the father's day cards I've received in June. My children are tutored by a third grade teacher who also believed that they should have been promoted. After I was shown these writing I told them that I was not going to sign anything that agreed with their decision. How can children who were not truant did all their homework scored 90's or better on every spelling test read and login every books and received awards from the school for reading one of my children even got student of the month. Something is wrong here... I went to plead my case to the superintendent but unfortunately she is on vacation till thursday

  • (4 years ago)

    Before my son got to this school he was being labelled as a problem kid. It wasnt until he started at this school that the staff took the time to realize that he was bored in a regular class and placed him in an advanced regents class. My son is doing wonderfully now and I thank the staff at PS 232 for that. I have always found the staff to be concerned involved and accomodating. The Extracurricular activities that another parent wrote about are for the upper grade (the middle school) there aren't many if any elementary school that would offer these type of activities for the younger grades.

  • (5 years ago)

    What a shame that the last parent post is experiencing this! I have had the complete opposite experience. I know that the extracurricular activities are for the upper grades and that there is a Saturday Academy for the 3rd thru 5th grades. The administration is very parent-friendly and hopefully parents with concerns should be more pro-active and seek their help. This is about the only school I've ever experienced to really put children first. There are both academic and social activities and events throughout the year. My child's teacher actually volunteers his time to coach the wrestling team. I am keeping my child here throughout the years until he graduated from 8th grade.

  • (5 years ago)

    Re Nov 5th post that the school have 'school oriented clubs and activities' ...Where are they?? I haven't heard about any. Perhaps they are for higher grades. My son is in the 5th grade we moved here from Princeton NJ and I have to say I am not singing praises as everyone else here is. I will not go into specific details here but I will say one of the things that bother me is the staff/teachers are not listening to him. It's very demotivating when a child is feeling like he is not being heard. I want to change his class but I don't think that's a good idea this late in the school year. I'm glad it's working out for other parents but so far this is one of the worst experiences we have had with a school.

  • (5 years ago)

    P.S. 232 is a wonderful devoted school they truly have the kids best interest at heart and they have the latest technology and they have school oriented clubs and activities they also do fundraisers for the community and they have a wonderful staff.

  • (5 years ago)

    My son is now in 1st Grade and am very happy to report the school has won the accolades from NYC for being an 'A' grade school. Which means their students have been excelling and their curriculum is working! Not every school can achieve this! Most either are happy to stay status-quo or fall behind and become complacent. This is the new P.S. in Howard Beach to keep your eye on. It's a small and nurturing community that no one is aware of it seems! As well they were #1 in fundraising for the Penny Harvest last year. Their students cared enough to raise over 6k to give back to their community. They are really involved and the Principal Assistant Principals down to the teachers - all do more than their part to keep it a fantastic learning facility. The security guards as well treat the kids like family! Very caring!

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