About Our Data

Most of our statistics come from the city Department of Education or the state Education Department. To see city data for each school, click on “more statistics for this school” at the bottom of each school profile page. To download citywide spreadsheets or to look at state data, click on links below.


Is this school safe and well-run?

• How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
• How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
• How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
• How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
• How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
2018-19 NYC School Survey

• How many students were suspended
• Teacher turnover rate (data is only available for charter schools)
2016-17 NY State Report Card

Teacher effectiveness data comes from section 1.2 of the school’s most recent Quality Review: “Develop teacher pedagogy from a coherent set of beliefs about how students learn best that is informed by the instructional shifts and Danielson Framework for Teaching, aligned to the curricula, engaging, engaging, and meets the needs of all learners so that all students produce meaningful work products.” We assign stars based on the school’s rating: underdeveloped = 1 star; developing = 2 stars; proficient = 3 stars; well-developed = 4 stars. (To see an individual school’s Quality Review, click on “more statistics for this school” at the bottom of that school's profile page.)

• How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
• Years of principal experience at this school
2018-19 School Quality Guide

How do students perform academically?

Test scores in math and English language arts (ELA): New York State 2018-19 3-8 Assessment Database

• What high schools do most graduates attend
• Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
2019 Middle School directory

• How many 8th-graders earn high school credit (schools with grades 6-8)
• How many students graduate within in four years (schools with grades 9-12)
• How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate (schools with grades 9-12)
• How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help (schools with grades 9-12)
• How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters (schools with grades 9-12)
2018-19 School Quality Guide

What is Pre-K like?

We assign stars based on the school's rating for CLASS and ECERS-R:

1 star = "inadequate or minimal, low-range", 2 stars = "developmentally appropriate, mid-range", or 3 stars = "strengths, high range"

• Instruction: Teachers ask kids to explain their reasoning when they solve problems. This is based on the school’s most recent Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS)
• Activities: Children explore art, music, sand/water, dramatic play and more. This is based on the school’s most recent Early Childhood Environmental Rating System (ECERS-R)
• Interaction: Teachers ask kids good questions and invite back-and-forth conversation. This is based on the school’s most recent ECERS-R.
• Language: Teachers talk and listen to kids in a supportive way. This is based on the school’s most recent ECERS-R.
2017-18 Program Assessments for Pre-K Programs

Who does this school serve?

• Enrollment
• Percent of students in each race/ethnicity category
• Free or reduced price lunch (schools that participate in the universal free lunch program are marked as 100%)
• Students with disabilities
• English language learners
2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

• Average daily attendance
• How many students miss 18 or more days of school
2018-19 School Quality Guide

• Are uniforms required
• If dual-language instruction is provided
• If transitional bilingual education is provided
• Number of Pre-K seats
• Preference is given to low income families (for Pre-K)
Pre-K Directory; Kindergarten Directory; Middle school Directory; High School Directory

How does this school serve special populations?

• How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years (schools with grades 9-12)
• How many English language learners graduate in 4 years (schools with grades 9-12)
2018-19 School Quality Guide

New York State exam scores in ELA and math for students with disabilities and English language learners in grades 3-8 come from the New York State 2018-19 3-8 Assessment Database.

About our apples

Schools that are better than the citywide average on a given indicator get a green apple. Schools that are worse than the citywide average get a red apple. Those that are around the citywide average get a yellow apple.

We use a common statistical calculation called a standard deviation to determine whether a given school is below average, near the average, or better than average on each data point. It allows us to easily see if a number is near the citywide average or substantially better or worse than the citywide average.

We calculate the citywide average for each type of school separately, so elementary schools serving grades k-5 are not compared to schools with grades k-8 and stand-alone high schools serving grades 9-12 are not compared to schools with grades 6-12, for example. In many cases, this results in a difference between our averages and the official citywide averages published by the DOE.


• Descriptions of each program
• Admissions methods
• Foreign language and Advanced Placement courses offered
• PSAL sports teams
2019 High School Directory

You can also view information from the High School Directory online at www.myschools.nyc.


• Grade range
• Principal name
• Parent coordinator name and email address
• Street address
• Telephone number
• Subway and bus routes
DOE's LCGMS database

To identify which schools share a building with other schools, we matched up addresses of each school in the LCGMS Database.

Data on metal detectors was originally collected as a joint project with the New York Civil Liberties Union and was updated by WNYC.

The 2019-20 zone maps for elementary, middle and high schools are pulled from NYC Open Data.


If you have any questions about the numbers, datasets or our calculations, please email Nicole Mader at [email protected]. If you see errors or miscalculations in your school's numbers, let us know and we will correct any problems as soon as possible.

We are also happy to assist school leaders, researchers or policymakers who are interested in working with this data. A long-term goal as we continue to improve our site is to make all our data available for download or through an API. Until then, feel free to reach out with any requests or questions.