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School Letter Grades Mixed in Forest Hills

Two C grades in district schools weigh down two A's.

The Department of Education released school letter grades for elementary and junior high schools on Monday, and in Forest Hills, the news was mixed.

There were two A's, two B's and two C's at District 28 schools in Forest Hills.

P.S. 196 The Grand Central Parkway School and the Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School received A's.

P.S. 144 Col. Jeromus Remsen and J.H.S. 190 Russell Sage received B grades. The B grade for P.S. 144 represents a drop from an A grade last year.

P.S. 220 Edward Mandel and P.S. 101 The School in the Gardens received C grades. It was the second year in a row that both schools were ranked among the lowest in Forest Hills.

J.H.S. 157 Stephen A. Halsey, which is in Rego Park but serves many Forest Hills students, received an A as well. 

Elementary and Junior High schools are ranked against one another in letter grades, rather than target-based scoring.

The chancellor’s report included grades for 1,193 schools serving students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Grades were awarded based on student progress, performance and attendance as well as feedback from parents, students and teachers.

School's Chancellor Dennis Walcott said in a statement that it was impossible to overemphasize the importance of elementary education for city students.

“Our elementary and middle schools build on the foundation of early learning to set our students on a path for college and career readiness,” Walcott said.

High School letter grades will be released later this month. For more information or to download the NYC Schools progress report, go to the Department of Education website. 

Marlene Lipson October 02, 2012 at 02:11 PM
P.S. 174 in Rego Park serves a slice of Forest Hills residents living at the edge of the 144 zone. P.S. 174 received a B this year, up from a C the previous year (and apparently a B the year before, per the chart in this year's report).

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