School Details

Ps 234 Independence School

292 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10007
(212) 233-6034
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 827 students 16 students/teacher (NY avg is 13)

Test Scores by grade

57%
51%
31%
69%
62%
34%

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 2013
  • New York City Geographic District # 2 average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

60%
55%
30%
65%
67%
36%

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 2013
  • New York City Geographic District # 2 average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

64%
57%
30%
58%
62%
30%

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 2013
  • New York City Geographic District # 2 average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Ps 234 Independence School is a public elementary school in New York. The principal of Ps 234 Independence School is MS. LISA RIPPERGER, whose e-mail is lripperger@schools.nyc.gov. 827 students attend Ps 234 Independence School and identify primarily as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 1% of the Ps 234 Independence School students are "limited in English proficiency." 6% of the 827 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Ps 234 Independence School is 16:1. Ps 150 is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Italian
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 8% 37%
White, non-Hispanic 71% 20%
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 21%
Asian/Pacific Islander 16% 22%
Asian 15% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 0.6%
Multiracial 1% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 6% 57%
Limited English proficiency 1% 12%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    My daughter transferred into 234 because of a move. I chose 234 over citywide G&T and I do not regret it. While my daughter is extremely bright she is not bored or under-stimulated. I am thrilled with her teacher and class. The community is extremely welcoming and Lisa is just about the most real and effective principal possible. I am thrilled with our choice.

  • (10 months ago)

    PS 234 is getting weaker by the day. The teachers leave each year in droves and the curriculum is so "progressive" that they don't give meaningful homework or periodic assessments. Not the school it used to be!

  • (1 year ago)

    We have two children at the school and find it a very caring and supportive enviornment. The principal is exceptional and she has a great eye for good teachers.

  • (1 year ago)

    PS 234 is like no other! the principal and vice principal are strong compassionate amazing leaders. the teachers are smart kind and engaging -- really the best around. academically the school is strong but they also have a wonderful social and emotional component that really makes the kids happy confident and curious learners.

  • (1 year ago)

    Our experience up until the beginning of third grade has been very positive. Great teachers small class sizes compared to other downtown publics supportive PTA. Somewhat agree with other reviews that achievement bar could be a little higher.

  • (1 year ago)

    As a parent of two children at this school I am happy with the quality of the education they are receiving. I believe all schools have challenges yet this school has both the support of the administration led by a powerhouse principal Lisa R. and an active and wonderful PTA. The staff is approachable and open to discussing all types of issues from academic progress classroom dynamics as well as social/family issues. I look forward to seeing how the school rises to the challenge of the more difficult state test to further solidify this school as an outstanding neighborhood school.

  • (1 year ago)

    The school fails to challenge advanced learners leaving them bored overconfident and prone to mischief. Most parents who expect their kids to move on to competitive middle schools hire tutors well in advance of the 4th grade state exams. This is a safe but over-rated choice for elementary years.

  • (1 year ago)

    The school makes you feel like stay forever.i fall in love with this school.the teacher are so loving so carding.i am so happy with this school.what a great school.......... )

  • (2 years ago)

    We have 2 children in the school and a third who has already graduated and I couldn't be happier about the whole package. We have had consistently passionate articulate engaged teachers who approach the evolving curriculum with thoughtfulness and creativity. It's not about rote learning or test prep -- they teach the kids how to be thinkers and keen observers. Looping enables the teachers to really get to know each child and the dynamic of the class. The PTA is unbelievably organized and effective with an incredibly dedicated and involved community. And Lisa is totally approachable and super smart. She and Elizabeth (the asst. principal) know and greet every child every morning so that even though its a big public school it feels warm and welcoming.

  • (4 years ago)

    PS 234 is a great community but the achievement bar is disappointedly low when considering the potential of the student body the families' focus on education & the quality of the teachers. I am the parent of a 5th grader who has been under-challenged for the past 5 years. The school is doing a fine job of helping students who struggle & keeping average students happy enough. However it does NOTHING for its most gifted students. At times it feels like it is almost in bad taste (& definitely politically incorrect) to even raise their special needs. In fact I don't think there is any awareness that gifted students have special needs. Instead the school seems to function on the pervasive but erroneous notion 'S/he will be fine; S/he is so smart anyway.' Addressing the distinct academic needs of this population would be a worthwhile challenge/goal for the Principal.

  • (6 years ago)

    My experience was similar to some of the other posts. While the community and general atmosphere is congenial and welcoming -my son was terribly picked on by a teacher who literally was picking on him in class if front of the other kids and sending him to the office instead of recess for weeks on end. My son was subsequently diagnosed with ADD but I cannot tell you how many derisive and inappropriate comments I received from staff. I received absolutely no support whatsoever in spite of talking to the counselor and trying to talk to his teacher. Lisa was wonderful (When she was eventually told about the situation) - but she really needs to hold some of her staff accountable.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have been a parent at the school for several years with two children attending. I do not feel that the school overemphasizes test scores or even particularly emphasizes them. It is a homogenous community of very lucky children (financially as well as in terms of parent support) that enables them to arrive ready to learn and to obtain assistance if they are struggling. I have perhaps been unusually fortunate in that my kids have only had extremely professional insightful teachers who completely wow me with their dedication intelligence and ability teach to several levels at a time. One caveat The school is overcrowded due to its fabulous rep.

  • (6 years ago)

    I agree with the last post. Lisa Ripperger is a great principal and I feel she will lead her team back to the quality PS 234 is famous for. My child had a terrible time with a teacher who had no comprehension or understanding of positive reinforcement - she bullied & picked on my son terribly seriously affecting his self esteem. We're still working on getting past the last year. Other than that - great community and wonderful active PTA. Some staff were great some very rude. It's a toss - if you get a professional this is an excellent school. In my case -we didn't.

  • (7 years ago)

    This school is tremendously overrated and has been steadily declining over the years. Lisa Ripperger the new principal seems to be making some meaningful changes however and has hired some excellent new teachers. Most students do well thanks to parent support and tutoring. Once a down-to-earth neighborhood school many of the 'new' parents have an air of entitlement without contributing time and effort to the school. For years the parent body fought hard to open the wonderful new annex which has alleviated overcrowding at least in the short term.

  • (7 years ago)

    We're fortunate to have such an excellent school in the area with such concerned active teachers and parents. The new principal Lisa Ripperger is wonderful. However overcrowding is a huge issue and becoming more so. Kids seem happy and school environment is friendly and safe. Very active PTA great music program but we lost the computer room and the yard is getting very busy at lunch.

  • (7 years ago)

    It is a strong school but extremely overcrowded. Excellent after school program. Very homogenous student population. Way too much attention to test scores. Fine for a child that does not need too much attention. Not enough space or teachers to cover individual strenths of the child. Attention is given to hitting those scores. Small classrooms no art room computer room music room. Not very happy with the arts compared to other schools.

  • (8 years ago)

    Look the school is good but they are downright fanatical about their position as the supposedly best public school in New York State. It's good to be in this school district but I worry for the children who are relentlessly exposed to such a competitive environment.

  • (8 years ago)

    Great school-engaged well-trained teachers. innovative curriculum-private school at a public

  • (9 years ago)

    Excellent school. Warm progressive atmosphere. Great level of parent involvement. Nice after-school program with diverse and eclectic activities. My daughter attended this school and then the local public middle school and was accepted to styvesant high school (with some help from a kaplan prep course)also nice pta funded music program.

  • (9 years ago)

    I think that this is a wounder full school. The teachers great. The kids they pay attention if they feel that the child needs extra help they provide. They will bring it to your attention. They have great music art computer homework-help and some other school after school activities. I feel that this is the best school elementary school for your independent little one to start off

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