Ps 234

Public PK, KG-5

 30-15 29th St
       Astoria, NY  11102


(718) 956-2760

District: New York City Geographic District #30

SchoolDigger Rank:
135th of 2,439 New York Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $21,785 Help


Students who attend Ps 234 usually attend:

Middle:    Albert Shanker School For Visual And Performing Arts
High:    Long Island City High School

Student/teacher ratio:  12.8 Help
Number of students:  380

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
38.9%
White:
33.4%
Asian:
16.8%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  72.9% Help


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Compare Details Ps 234 ranks better than 94.5% of elementary schools in New York. It also ranks 3rd among 28 ranked elementary schools in the New York City Geographic District #30. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 93.66. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at Ps 234 is diverse. Racial makeup is: Hispanic (38.9%), White (33.4%), Asian (16.8%). (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Ps 234 is 12.8, which is the 11th best among 28 elementary schools in the New York City Geographic District #30. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Ps 234 is $21,785, which is the 8th highest among 28 elementary schools in the New York City Geographic District #30.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Ps 234:

SchoolDigger ranks Ps 234 135th of 2439 New York public elementary schools. (See Ps 234 in the ranking list.)

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New York City Geographic District #30:

SchoolDigger ranks New York City Geographic District #30 389th of 866 New York school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for Ps 234

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Rank History for all students at Ps 234

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 54.93 1236th 2206 44.0%
2007 48.95 1374th 2219 38.1%
2008 42.19 1531st 2227 31.3%
2009 49.47 1410th 2257 37.5%
2010 67.03 784th 2263 65.4%
2011 63.58 897th 2286 60.8%
2012 59.45 1050th 2320 54.7%
2013 51.68 1062nd 2325 54.3%
2014 57.39 967th 2345 58.8%
2015 50.55 1141st 2352 51.5%
2016 47.43 1253rd 2366 47.0%
2017 41.06 1419th 2386 40.5%
2018 71.55 622nd 2395 74.0%
2019 85.33 301st 2413 87.5%
2021 78.85 390th 2201 82.3%
2022 73.61 569th 2434 76.6%
2023 93.66 135th 2439 94.5%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Ps 234

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 75.69 94th 938 90.0%
2019 94.64 14th 860 98.4%
2022 75.66 143rd 1027 86.1%
2023 95.97 19th 1001 98.1%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Ps 234

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 86.90 110th 1941 94.3%
2019 97.47 42nd 1859 97.7%
2022 90.81 80th 2031 96.1%
2023 99.83 8th 2016 99.6%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Ps 234

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 79.26 277th 2045 86.5%
2019 88.96 167th 2032 91.8%
2022 75.62 351st 2099 83.3%
2023 97.04 48th 2041 97.6%
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Rank History for Homeless students at Ps 234

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 70.33 138th 730 81.1%
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Rank History for Female students at Ps 234

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 65.60 773rd 2338 66.9%
2019 85.46 278th 2357 88.2%
2021 81.06 278th 1955 85.8%
2022 72.59 575th 2401 76.1%
2023 91.36 171st 2403 92.9%
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Rank History for Male students at Ps 234

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 75.06 500th 2340 78.6%
2019 82.99 323rd 2358 86.3%
2021 66.75 596th 1961 69.6%
2022 72.33 570th 2400 76.3%
2023 94.24 89th 2400 96.3%
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Rank History for Asian students at Ps 234

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 39.06 427th 601 29.0%
2019 75.86 111th 548 79.7%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Ps 234

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 77.96 215th 1392 84.6%
2019 83.66 148th 1315 88.7%
2021 73.84 147th 818 82.0%
2022 74.05 270th 1503 82.0%
2023 94.90 47th 1429 96.7%
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Rank History for White students at Ps 234

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 59.13 574th 1408 59.2%
2019 84.11 168th 1338 87.4%
2022 65.31 468th 1399 66.5%
2023 83.38 176th 1337 86.8%
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Data source: test scores: NY State Education Department, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Reviews:
by a parent
Sunday, March 12, 2017

Open Quote This school is an epitome of mediocracy. Great facilities that are underutilized and teachers that strive to do bare minimum when it comes to academic achievements. I was hopeful hearing about the arts program, but so far haven't seen anything impressive, but rather subpar efforts to just register activity for funding. Bright kids are bored, and ultimately forced to go down to the lower expectations and level of achievement that won't make the kids at the bottom feel bad. No after school programs, and overzealous PTA consisting of stay at home self-centered bored moms. Too bad that this school, that is located at the heart of Astoria, where a lot of young families hope to give a strong start to their kids' education, has to disappoint so much. Close Quote


by a parent
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Open Quote I cannot tell you enough what a wonderful school this is. We have a new Principal (Dora Danner) as of 2014 and she has made such amazing changes and upgrades to our school. The school just became a "Performing Arts & Technology" school which allows the children to have a great balance between academics and creative learning. No bullying issues, the kids are respectful to one another, always smiling and happy. Parents are very involved, because they want to be and school staff welcomes it whole heartily. We have a loving community between parents and school staff and the kids feed off of this positive uplifting behavior, which makes their experience all the better. I know there was some issues with the prior principal (Pallos) which my child was not there for much, but now that it all under the bridge. Between all of the new programs: Dance, cooking classes, theater, art, google classes to teach kids how to do graphics and design, yoga etc., and the FREE workshops offered to the parents, this school is a gem. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Ps 234

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2004 159 50 204 282 3 n/a n/a 0 698
2005 149 40 199 286 14 n/a n/a 0 688
2006 167 35 199 278 10 n/a n/a 0 689
2007 184 31 192 290 0 n/a n/a 0 697
2008 175 33 181 304 0 n/a n/a 0 693
2009 174 34 178 304 0 n/a n/a 0 690
2010 174 20 187 307 0 n/a n/a 0 688
2011 194 36 162 295 12 0 0 0 699
2012 177 31 139 311 23 1 0 0 682
2013 198 27 173 272 12 1 4 0 687
2014 192 25 158 248 10 0 2 0 635
2015 187 25 153 248 5 0 3 0 621
2016 186 33 145 230 5 0 2 0 601
2017 175 33 132 210 2 2 4 0 558
2018 154 34 125 195 4 0 4 0 516
2019 146 32 112 188 4 0 3 0 485
2020 143 39 88 174 5 1 6 0 456
2021 121 38 71 167 5 0 5 0 407
2022 124 34 60 157 6 0 11 0 392
2023 127 25 64 148 4 0 12 0 380

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Ps 234

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2004 698 n/a n/a n/a
2005 688 n/a n/a 0
2006 689 52.0 13.3 90.7
2007 697 50.8 13.7 91
2008 693 56.0 12.4 88
2009 690 55.0 12.5 84.1
2010 688 51.0 13.4 n/a
2011 699 48.2 14.4 84
2012 682 44.0 15.4 85.6
2013 687 37.0 18.5 83.8
2014 635 39.0 16.2 79.8
2015 621 36.0 17.2 82.9
2016 601 40.0 15.0 84
2017 558 36.8 15.1 83.2
2018 516 36.0 14.3 82.6
2019 485 35.0 13.8 78.8
2020 456 30.0 15.2 77.2
2021 407 31.3 12.9 82.1
2022 392 25.2 15.5 74
2023 380 29.5 12.8 72.9

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Ps 234

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2004 698 n/a n/a n/a
2005 688 n/a n/a 0
2006 689 52.0 13.3 90.7
2007 697 50.8 13.7 91
2008 693 56.0 12.4 88
2009 690 55.0 12.5 84.1
2010 688 51.0 13.4 n/a
2011 699 48.2 14.4 84
2012 682 44.0 15.4 85.6
2013 687 37.0 18.5 83.8
2014 635 39.0 16.2 79.8
2015 621 36.0 17.2 82.9
2016 601 40.0 15.0 84
2017 558 36.8 15.1 83.2
2018 516 36.0 14.3 82.6
2019 485 35.0 13.8 78.8
2020 456 30.0 15.2 77.2
2021 407 31.3 12.9 82.1
2022 392 25.2 15.5 74
2023 380 29.5 12.8 72.9

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.

Immunization Rates

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YearCompletely Immunized
201598.6%

Data source: New York State Department of Health
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Ps 234

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $966 (5.4%) $17,006 (94.6%) $17,972
2020 $917 (4.9%) $17,620 (95.1%) $18,536
2021 $1,465 (7.4%) $18,370 (92.6%) $19,835
2022 $2,168 (10.0%) $19,617 (90.0%) $21,785

Data source: New York Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Ps 234

The coronavirus has had a profound impact on education in America. Learning shifted online overnight, attendance numbers dwindled, and enrollment decreased. SchoolDigger.com is making it easier for you to better assess how COVID-19 has impacted your school. Through the collection of pre-pandemic (2019) and current data, SchoolDigger.com is sharing test scores, enrollment numbers and school demographics from schools across the country – and we make it easy to see how impacted schools compare locally and statewide.

Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 301st of 2413 Elementary schoolsRanks 135th of 2439 Elementary schools
 6.9%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Ps 234)6981.1
 12.1%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (New York City Geographic District #30)5851.7
 6.3%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (New York)5244.9
 7.1%
3rd Grade Math (Ps 234)6192.9
 31.9%
   3rd Grade Math (New York City Geographic District #30)5859.7
 1.7%
   3rd Grade Math (New York)5453.7
 0.3%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Ps 234)8787.8
 0.8%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (New York City Geographic District #30)5461.8
 7.8%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (New York)4848.8
 0.8%
4th Grade Math (Ps 234)8675.5
 10.5%
   4th Grade Math (New York City Geographic District #30)5456.3
 2.3%
   4th Grade Math (New York)5053.9
 3.8%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Ps 234)6990.2
 21.2%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (New York City Geographic District #30)4658.3
 12.3%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (New York)3845.1
 7.1%
5th Grade Math (Ps 234)6878.6
 10.6%
   5th Grade Math (New York City Geographic District #30)5355.3
 2.3%
   5th Grade Math (New York)4649.7
 3.7%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students485380
 21.6%
African American3225
 21.9%
American Indian44
Asian11264
 42.9%
Hispanic188148
 21.3%
Pacific Islander00
White146127
 13%
Two or More Races312
 300%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients78.8%72.9%
 5.9%


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In the 2022-23 school year, 380 students attended Ps 234.

Students at Ps 234 are 39% Hispanic, 33% White, 17% Asian, 7% African American, 3% Two or more races, 1% American Indian.

Yes. Ps 234 ranks in the top 5.5% of New York elementary schools.


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