P.S. 42 Benjamin Altman

71 Hester St
New York, NY 10002
(School attendance zone shown in map)
Rank
7/
10
Top 50%
5.00 5 1 (1 review)
P.S. 42 Benjamin Altman serves 655 students in grades Prekindergarten-5.
P.S. 42 Benjamin Altman placed in the top 50% of all schools in New York for overall test scores (math proficiency is top 30%, and reading proficiency is top 50%) for the 2017-18 school year.
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 78% (which is higher than the New York state average of 52%) for the 2017-18 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 61% (which is higher than the New York state average of 52%) for the 2017-18 school year.
The student:teacher ratio of 14:1 is higher than the New York state level of 13:1.
Minority enrollment is 97% of the student body (majority Asian), which is higher than the New York state average of 57% (majority Hispanic and Black).

School Overview

P.S. 42 Benjamin Altman's student population of 655 students has declined by 11% over five school years.
The teacher population of 46 teachers has declined by 9% over five school years.
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-5
Total Students655 students
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Total Classroom Teachers46 teachers
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Students by Grade This chart display the students of P.S. 42 Benjamin Altman by grade.

School Comparison

P.S. 42 Benjamin Altman is ranked within the top 50% of all 4,239 schools in New York (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2017-18 school year.
The diversity score of P.S. 42 Benjamin Altman is 0.22, which is less than the diversity score at state average of 0.71. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2017-2018 School Year DataThis SchoolState Level (NY)
Overall Testing Rank
#1299 out of 4239 schools
(Top 50%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
78%
52%
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Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
61%
52%
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Student : Teacher Ratio14:113:1
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American Indian
n/a
1%
Asian
88%
9%
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Hispanic
7%
27%
This chart display the percentage of Hispanic students in P.S. 42 Benjamin Altman and the percentage of Hispanic public school students in New York by year, with the latest 2017-18 school year data.
Black
1%
17%
This chart display the percentage of Black students in P.S. 42 Benjamin Altman and the percentage of Black public school students in New York by year, with the latest 2013-14 school year data.
White
3%
43%
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Hawaiian
n/a
n/a
Two or more races
1%
3%
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Diversity Score
0.220.71
This chart display the diversity score of P.S. 42 Benjamin Altman and the public school average diversity score of New York by year, with the latest 2017-18 school year data.
Eligible for Free Lunch
73%
51%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch
3%
4%
This chart display the percentage of students who is eligible for reduced lunch in P.S. 42 Benjamin Altman and the percentage of public school students who is eligible for reduced lunch in New York by year, with the latest 2017-18 school year data.
School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
School District NameNew York City Geographic District # 2 School District
Source: 2017-2018 (latest school year available) NCES, NY Dept. of Education

Nearby Public Schools

The nearest high school to P.S. 42 Benjamin Altman is Emma Lazarus High School (0.1 miles away)
The nearest middle school and elementary school is Middle School 131 (0.1 miles away)
Show me:
  • School (Math and Reading Proficiency) Location Miles Grades Students
  • New York Emma Lazarus High School Math: ≥90% | Reading: ≥90%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    Grades: 9-11 | 276 students
    0.1 miles
    100 Hester St
    New York, NY 10002
    (212) 925-5017
    0.1 9-11 276
  • New York Essex Street Academy
    Grades: 9-12 | 338 students
    0.1 miles
    350 Grand St
    New York, NY 10002
    (212) 475-4773
    0.1 9-12 338
  • New York High School For Dual Language And Asian Studies Math: ≥95% | Reading: ≥95%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    Grades: 9-12 | 396 students
    0.1 miles
    350 Grand St
    New York, NY 10002
    (212) 475-4097
    0.1 9-12 396
  • New York Lower Manhattan Arts Academy Math: 85-89% | Reading: 90-94%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    Grades: 9-12 | 329 students
    0.1 miles
    350 Grand St
    New York, NY 10002
    (212) 505-0143
    0.1 9-12 329
  • New York Middle School 131 Math: 61% | Reading: 44%
    Rank
    5/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    Grades: 6-8 | 431 students
    0.1 miles
    100 Hester St
    New York, NY 10002
    (212) 219-1204
    0.1 6-8 431

School Reviews

5  
I attended P.S. 42 from the fall of 1946 through the spring of 1952 (kindergarten through 5th grade). I was not a model student, until the 5th grade, when Mrs. (?) Brown somehow managed to engage me. Am wondering if any info is available about this wonderful teacher. Thanks.
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