School Details

Ps 36 Margaret Douglas

123 Morningside Dr, New York, NY 10027
(212) 690-5807
4

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-4 555 students 12 students/teacher (NY avg is 13)

Test Scores by grade

14%
13%
31%
10%
16%
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 # 5 average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

9%
12%
30%
29%
15%
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 # 5 average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

3%
11%
30%
6%
9%
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 # 5 average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Ps 36 Margaret Douglas is a public elementary school in New York. The principal of Ps 36 Margaret Douglas is MS. HEATHER JN BAPTIST, whose e-mail is csimmon2@schools.nyc.gov. 555 students go to Ps 36 Margaret Douglas and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 13% of the Ps 36 Margaret Douglas students are "limited in English proficiency." 77% of the 555 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Ps 36 Margaret Douglas is 12:1. Ps 125 Ralph Bunche is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Chorus
  • Dance

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Martial arts self defense

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 53% 58%
Hispanic 45% 37%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
Asian 1% %
White, non-Hispanic 1% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.3%
Multiracial 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 77% 78%
Limited English proficiency 13% 11%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Very well stated. The same parents who do the most complaining refuse to read to their children or do math with them in order to improve their literacy and mathematical skills. These are the ones who will loudly use profanity or disparaging comments to their own children in the school yard as if that is acceptable. The negative poster didn't even know the difference between a principle- as in a set of beliefs and a principal- the individual fighting to insure that the school's students are excelling in spite of the history of the school where the ELA and Math exams are concerned. As a teacher at a charter school and a parent of two children in this school I would say that my LARGEST issue has been with other parents and not with the staff. Parents need to do their jobs instead of waiting for the school to remedy what they did not create. There is but so much a teacher or school can do when parents have failed to do their job. I wish that there were individual staff members who would enforce a code of conduct for the parents who seem to think that their children's bad language and behavior were created in a vacuum. Anyway the school needs improvements but they're working.

  • (1 year ago)

    Recently some misinformation about a teacher and principal at P.S. 36 was posted as fact. Those of us at P.S. 36 are thankful for how quickly such libelous posts are removed from the site. We have a plan for the improvement of the school that could be harmed by such deceptions and appreciate the support. Good work greatschools.org! Ms. Fine

  • (2 years ago)

    Listen this place is no longer what it used to be. The lunch room is a disaster the lunchroom staff yell at the children and there is a total lack of organization throughout the building. CHildren are often sitting on the floors waiting to be picked up by there teachers and there is not enough room for all the children. The Assistant Principal is not very personable and appears to not know what she is doing. The sad thing is that this school could be one of the best but because there is no PTA that is a problem. As a parent I want to hear what the teachers are thinking. This school will be yanked from these parents and administrators if they don't get it together here. I did not notice any classrooms with White boards and I heard other parents complaining that their children did not even have text books!! I will pull my children out as soon as they are taken off the wait list at another school I am waiting to hear from. I am convinced that these reviews are posted up by PA members and the rest were written after the parents were "buttered up" by PA members because I have been to way better open houses for my children. If you want to educate your child this is not the place.

  • (3 years ago)

    My twins were in Pre-K last year & the teachers were Phenomenal! Both Ms. Orosco & Ms. Nadal truly go above and beyond the expectations of a Pre-K teacher. They are focused on overall education & do an exceptional job!!! The parent participation was phenomenal in Ms. Orosco's class and the field trips were a breeze! I would recommend them in a heart-beat! *The administration is very united & everyone seems to work well together! I LOVE PS36 & My daughters (now 5) cant wait for school to start again!

  • (3 years ago)

    My daughter went here for Pre-K & I couldn't wait for the end of the year to take her out. I agree with the aprent who said disorganized. The administration seemed to care less about many of my concerns. When I would ask the VP questions she would always pass the buck to the principle or a teacher. Flyers would be handed out a day too late so I wasn't aware of mandated meetings or other happenings at the school. At the PTA meetings in the morning there was always a small turn-out. Hopefully more were in attendance in the evening. Pre-K was never addressed in hand-outs & I felt as if I was at 2 different schools. The teachers seem to be caring & nurturing though throughout the year my daughter's teacher was by herself or had a revolving door of 5 assts. Once the children would get attached to one the school transferred the asst. to another class or school. Therefore my daughter began regressing towards the end of the year. She would tell me how the other children were mean to one another hitting saying cruel things etc. & that noone would do anything. A vast number of the parents in this school would curse at & in front of children scream & smoke in front of them.

  • (3 years ago)

    I agree with the other parent! This school should get nothing short of 5 stars! I went there when I was a little girl as well as my daughter and my son. We all love the school! The principal is wonderful and the teachers are beautiful inside and out. They have the best kindergarten teacher ever..Mrs.R.Harris! Everyone there truly cares about the children and their families and are completely involved. From the principal to the ladies in the office From the teachers to the assistants from security to the janitor...they are all wonderful caring people and you can tell because the children love them so much. The only parents who would possibly give a bad review are the ones who don't care to be involved in their children and dont take the positive advice from the leaders at the shool. No one is saying your child is bad just get involved with your child so they have a chance at a bright future!

  • (4 years ago)

    My twin daughters have been attending PS 36 since it had a Pre-K 3 class and they are in kindegarten now. I have been very pleased with the school overall in particular the teachers they've had and the clear commitment of the principal and AP. Although the school can be disorganized at times what's more important is that my girls have been getting a superb education and are reading and writing beautifully and they are passionate about learning.

  • (5 years ago)

    disorganized i wouldnt recommend

  • (5 years ago)

    My younger son went to Ps. 36 and I could not be more pleased. My older son went to an elite preo school off CPW and I think the quality of teacers are identical. My son is now ioff to another school because of the 2nd grade cut-off and he is well prepared and thriving because of the foundation provided at ps. 36.

  • (6 years ago)

    My two daughters went to this school last year and the teacher they had were phenomenal

  • (6 years ago)

    Out of all the elementary schools in district five this is by all means the best one. I just wish it went higher then the second grade. After your child leaves P.S.36 you feel lost. I have two children my youngest went here.I just wish my oldest had a chance to go here instead of horrible P.S. 154.This is a great school for any child for the age of four to seven.

  • (6 years ago)

    I myself attended P.S. 36 from 1986-1992. My parents and myself loved the school even then. My daughter loves school and enjoys her teacher very much. I feel the school is on point with our children's education and I know my other children will benefit from P.S.36 in the near future.

  • (8 years ago)

    My daugher was in kindergarten when she went to this school. She learned alot but I think they need to bring their standards up a bit more. My daughter went on to catholic school for 1st grade the following year and she was a bit behind. I compared the kindergarten curriculum of this school to her current school and there is a big difference. They didn't concentrate too much on reading which was my biggest concern. I did like that they do have a couple parents/teachers meetings through out the school year.

  • (8 years ago)

    My child graduated from PS 36 and I must say that this school was excellent! The principal and staff were extremely helpful and I found the teachers to be genuinely concerned with the progress of my child. My child now attends another school in the area and it has been a nightmare! What 36 had that others seem not to is a balance between maintaining discipline while still being able to teach the children and help them to maintain their enthusiasm for learning. School is supposed to be a place of learning not a boot camp! I sincerely wish that 36 taught upper grades or at least to the middle school level. We miss it terrbly. My child never fails to comment on how much he wishes he were still there every time we pass the building.

  • (8 years ago)

    Feb. 2006. Absolutely thoroughly pleased and impressed parent. I had posted previously about concerns heard through the neighborhood grapevine. Now my daughter has attended for many months and I have first-hand experience with this school. I am happy to report my extreme pleasure with this school. All NYC schools deal with day-to-day problems and this one is no different. I have the highest praise for the Principal Ms. Mullins-Simmons. I have personally worked with her through some complicated problems and she is a treasure. So is my daughter's homeroom teacher. I immediately noticed about the teacher that she trys to make order out of chaos wherever possible and she does a great job at all levels. My daughter is learning very well and the teacher demonstrates very good control of her class. Teacher knows very well how to use behavior-modification techniquest to achieve results. Very very pleased parent. A++

  • (9 years ago)

    My child has been going to this school since kindergarten she learned to read in that class she has been in the tag class since first grade she is about to graduate in june 2005 and without the start she got from there I don't know if the schools in my area would have given her such a great start so I would reccomend anybody to send there children there. The diversity is also great she gets to interact with different ethnic groups of children that she may not have met.

  • (10 years ago)

    I am the prospective parent who wondered about the alleged condition of teachers 'losing control of the classrooms' here. Since I posted my original query I have spoken to the Principal about many things including the former teacher's report. I am now inclined to say that all of my concerns have been discarded and this seems to be an ideal school to send my child to. With my re-evaluation as of Jan 2005 I feel that this school is an A+ school that any parent should be pleased and proud to participate in. I consider my family lucky to be living in this school's catchment zone. Regards A rigorously demanding parent RHill.

  • (11 years ago)

    I think the school needs to reevaluate itsself. There are some good teachers but the principal and some of her staff need to be replaced. There also are great saftey issues in the school. I would not recommend this school to a parent.

  • (11 years ago)

    I've been dealing with this school for quite a while. I have 2 kids that graduated from here one is going to the 9th and the other to the 6th.Both got such an enriching start by attending Margaret Douglas.Not only are the teachers great but the principal takes great pride making sure that the students are her first priority!!I also have a son there who will be starting 1st grade in Sept. The cirriculum is so wonderful that my son was reading on his own before he left Kindergarten!!!. I give the Margaret Douglas School the Highest Praise!! I reccommend this school to any of the parents in the neighborhood.

  • (11 years ago)

    My child will be entering the 1st grade and she has been prepared for the first grade way before the school year ended. If you are thinking about having your child attend this school you don't have to look any further because this school is great. The Principal is very good with the students and parents too.

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