School Details

Ps 54 Charles W Leng

1060 Willowbrook Rd, Staten Island, NY 10314
(718) 698-0600
6

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 835 students 13 students/teacher (NY avg is 13)

Test Scores by grade

44%
33%
31%
42%
37%
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 #31 average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

41%
32%
30%
51%
41%
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 #31 average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

33%
34%
30%
22%
33%
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 #31 average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Ps 54 Charles W Leng is a public elementary school in New York. The principal of Ps 54 Charles W Leng is MS. KAREN CATANZAROLAROSA, whose e-mail is kcatanz@schools.nyc.gov. 835 students go to Ps 54 Charles W Leng and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; Asian; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 11% of the Ps 54 Charles W Leng students are "limited in English proficiency." 58% of the 835 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Ps 54 Charles W Leng is 13:1. Ps 30 Westerleigh is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • Latin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 7% 15%
Asian 36% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 35% 8%
White, non-Hispanic 34% 54%
Hispanic 24% 23%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 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 58% 47%
Limited English proficiency 11% 6%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Athough there are attempts for make better changes on a good day all admin are barely acceptable and half the teachers in each grade are ok at best. There are 1 or 2 quality teachers in each grade. Way too much tolerance for teachers yelling and in the wrong profession. School needs new teachers who will try harder and stop complaining get to work on time teach the core. without always yelling at the kids. Out with the old in with the new and the school will be hoppin again. Need a much better music teacher and program. Very diverse a bit too diverse filling up Kumon to one up the others.PTA weighs in with their say a bit too much and get too much. SLT needs more of a say. Immigrants from about 6 different countries are coming to the year in droves year after year barely speaking english. Admin could be better at addressing issues need better staffing and programs. Admin does try though lets have a good 2013-2014. Submitted by a parent

  • (1 year ago)

    School needs higher standards. There are changes being made. Hopefully one is after school tutoring and all children get a chance at the cool jobs in the school not just the PTA children or vocal parents nor just the head strong kids nor just the blue collar service children. Maybe my children will get a run at a good job or grades this year because he made the grade and earned it. My childs teacher should not have been allowed to return to the classroom she yells not instructs.All Admin try but can do better at being reasonable truthful and direct. Hopefully this year there admin will follow through on a issuse that needs to be addressed. Needs stronger staff not just loud harsh ones. If after school tutoring was offered I would feel better about the school and my son not getting lost and overlooked.

  • (1 year ago)

    I agree with you about the change in priorities. The old Principal Mrs. Castley really cared about the children.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school used to be one of the best. My kids have been in this school since K. This year they were 3rd and 4th graders. Basically they taught they kids how to take the state wide test rather than teaching basic language and math skills. If something was not on the test it wasn't taught. As a result my kids are no longer going to this school. The teachers also teach the same thing every year it never changes.

  • (1 year ago)

    Exactly my point! The kids who get clarity at home succeed. But what about the kids who don't? All I'm saying is that its great if your kids are doing well. They are obviously getting support at home. However leadership should not depend on all parents being as supportive as you are. We cant let some kids fall through the cracks. I think the principal does not have her act together. She is unprofessional. I just don't see her as a leader. Its a good thing she has parents like you to carry her.

  • (1 year ago)

    Good school good leadership turning the school around in positive ways. Leadership is carrying the standards of the DOE. High standards academically and safety. The core learning continues Lots of enrichment and differentiation.as the DOE expects.. NYDOE expects some teachers in all schools to be on a learning curve teaching a new core curriculum which is the new state test. The best solution to ensure student success is to have good clarity good education good behavioral practices at home and your child will find their way no matter what. Provide them with help at home or on your time after school. This school has a lot to offer and we all try our best. Each year the neighborhood is more and more diverse making a sense of community difficult. Some Families need to learn the language to help their children succeed.The school is better place this year and has been brought up from the fall 3 years ago from the last administration.

  • (1 year ago)

    very good programs family events. Leadership added high standards and enrichment. Leadership addresses concerns. My children do well. I agree with other poster education and values begin at home. I prefer to spend time teaching my children good study habits how to behave and help them with their studies. Curriculum has changed in public and catholic schools listen to the information communicated at school its not just test prep its a new curriculum as suggested by the State. Schools leadership is good respectful positive and better and better. Schools are not clinics nor clinicians. My children like it here and have good grades.

  • (1 year ago)

    Judy Barbarino is another who works with us. So overall the staff is great! the parents all seem very nice and the children that my daughter became friends with are great. The school seems to have some great trips and some great programs but not enough unfortunately. I know that is due to lack of finances though so it isn't the schools fault.I also wish that the school taught spanish from kindergarten through the fifth grade.My major concern though is that the staff don't talk enough to each other about what is going on so one doesn't know what the other just said on certain specific issues.That is the main thing that they need to work on so that way if a child needs help in any way they can all try and work together with the parent and all know what each other is doing in that instance. Besides that my daughter is very happy her and loves the school.Just also wish that they had after school tutoring every day or some kind of independent reading after school at the school library.

  • (1 year ago)

    For the parent with the lice complaint and negative comments we all heard about the crazy lice lady. We believe you were told by the Department of Health that the school has followed every protocol correctly. As for the bashing of the school and administration...really sad. The principal is trying her best. The AP was absent due to major surgery. Hope you get more sympathy if you need surgery one day. Hey why were you not at any of the PTA meetings on the new standards or ways to volunteer. Well farewell... and I do believe lice can find their way to catholic schools at time. Good Luck. One step closer to building a better community without negative mean members. Oh and their new test prep books are awesome..guess you miss seeing them. Feeling itchy?

  • (1 year ago)

    Education person hygiene & social skills begin at home. Maybe we should start attending PTA meetings & voicing our opinions and if they aren t listened to there they we take our issues higher up. We can't always assume just because we send our kids to school that the staff is responsible to raise our children. Our children attend school so they can be educated and they are being educated Work books that are outdated are the responsibility of the DOE to provide our children with the correct material. Anyone who has attended PTA meetings in the past would have been informed had they asked the right questions why the teachers are jumping from one page 12 to page 65 (just an example). I m not defending the school nor the parents who want to just take jabs at the school I m defending our kids!!!!

  • (1 year ago)

    The amount of lice outbreaks in this school are UNACCEPTABLE. They allow the child to return to the class room 2 day later WITH LIVE EGGS IN THEIR HAIR!!!!!!!! Disgusting! Somehow the health "Nurse" is not responsible to check the children when they return...this is just ignorant and incompetent. The teaching Staff is STUCK in the 1980s 1990s at best. My daughter entered this school way ahead of the curve and is so severely lacking now! I was never an advocate for religous schooling But we are taking her out next week before the city wide exams which her teachers have failed her and the other students miserably. Whatever my daughter has learned is due to my wife and I and the help of after school tutoring. God help you if English is not your primary language. Promotion in doubt letters are just handed without a care. Workbooks are SO outdated you CANT write in them!!!!. When they finally get new work books the staff is doesnt KNOW how to use them. They just assign busy useless work and WASTE TIME and teach NOTHING! whos to blame? the teachers? the principal? the absentee AP? This school received a failing grade of C but it should be an F- AVOID this school like the PLAGUE!

  • (3 years ago)

    School is HORRIBLE!!!. My son got bullied many times in kindergarten and when confronting assistant principle her response was"their kids they will grow out of it" REALLY?? This lady is helping to run a school and this is how they do it? Not to mention his teacher was horrible rude rude rude. when I pick up my child staff is always complaining. The only great thing was they had a wonderful nurse! And the lady in charge of latch key!

  • (3 years ago)

    I love this school! especially Mrs. Krachenfels! She helped my son succeed in to a fine student. The teachers are very caring loving and great at teaching concepts! Both my boys excel in school thanks to them. I love the different academies they have for fifth graders! My son who was in Science and Technology Academy learned so much and became fascinated with science! Under Mrs. Krachenfels teaching he received all 4's for his citywide Math and LA! Love the school teachers and the principal!

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is very good. The teachers are excellent especially Mrs. Krachenfels who helps you succeed in any subject mostly in math science and english. She was an amazing teacher. The negative thing about this school; is that the teachers especially Ms. Cacasse takes in too much bribery from students' parents and its despicable what she does. She should be fired.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is AWFUL! The teachers all look miserable as if they hate their job. My son was having accidents everyday in kindergarten although he'd never had one before because the teacher would not realize he was raising his hand and overlooked him constantly. The principal is ignorant and has no social skills. When the same teacher lost my son on a field trip (because she overlooked him again) I went into the school to speak to the principal about it. She did not ask my opinion or even let me speak instead she made a list of the things she thought the TEACHER did right!! She had nothing to say about the teacher overlooking my child and worse she was not even a kindergarten teacher she was switched that year and normally taught first grade! It made the whole year a terrible experience for my son. I HATE THIS SCHOOL!

  • (4 years ago)

    If you want a great school great teachers a good staff and great principal Charles W. Leng has all that. Congratulations Mrs Castley you are an excellent principal. So your school is the better.

  • (4 years ago)

    The teachers are committed to providing the students with a nurturing enriching atmosphere for learning expressing and creating. Students are encouraged to think as well as to produce.Literacy is valued as fundamental to all learning and personal fullfillment.

  • (4 years ago)

    Because I could see a clear progress through my child. This is the right place and right people to reach goal more than our expectations.

  • (4 years ago)

    Love the teachers and the kids.Very clean quiet beautiful for our kids to learn.Great principal.

  • (4 years ago)

    The teachers are great .Kids are very well disciplined.School is safe and clean.

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