P.S. 046 Alley Pond
QUEENS NY 11364 Map
P.S. 046 Alley Pond
Extended PK hours offered: Please contact site for more information
High test scores, a well-regarded special education program and a commitment to inclusion are the hallmarks of PS 46. The school lets students make choices about what they read and write about and encourages them to have discussions. Teaching is lively and to the point.
The school is orderly with seemingly nothing left to chance. Bulletin boards provide evidence of highly organized assignments, even for kindergartners. All grades make extensive use of Thinking Maps, which are intended to help students visualize problems.
Stamo Karalazarides, formerly the assistant principal, became principal in 2015. She replaced the scripted ReadyGen reading curriculum with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. The result, she says, is that the school challenges its students more and sets high expectations for them—and the children have responded. "Kids are much more excited about school," Karalazarides says.
The TC approach encourages children to read whole books—rather than short excerpts in anthologies or graded readers. In a 4th grade, students split into book clubs to read books of varying difficulties, but all set in a specific historical period—from California in 1849 to a Pennsylvania mill town in the mid 20th century.
A 2nd grade class broke into small groups to debate issues that piqued student interest, such as whether children should have homework over school vacation.
Classes have students at a range of academic levels and use the small groups to better tailor instruction. All children with low test scores or in self-contained classes for students with disabilities receive individualized extra help, particularly in phonics and math computation.
PS 46 offers hands-on work in science and technology, having students create something, such as a Play-Doh recipe or a design for a bridge. Fifth graders take robotics, and the school offers some instruction in computer coding.
PS 46 has a visual arts teacher, and a variety of music offerings including a string ensemble (in most cases parents supply the instruments) and an after school band. Evening programs celebrate student writers and feature math games. Students all take a 10-week musical theater program offered by a teaching artist, and 2nd graders go swimming at nearby park. "All year long, there's a lot happening here," Assistant Principal Stephanie Famoso says.
SPECIAL EDUCATION: PS 46 has three self-contained Horizon Program classes for students with autism spectrum disorders and three Academic, Career, and Essential Skill (ACES) classes for students with intellectual disabilities or multiple disabilities. Karalazarides says students from these programs interact with other student as much as possible. The schools also has team teaching classes combining students with disabilities and those in the general population at all grade levels and some self-contained classes for students with disabilities. PS 46 moves students out of the self-contained classes into team teaching whenever possible.
ADMISSIONS: Except for children in the ACES and Horizon programs, PS 46 admits only students from its zone. (Gail Robinson, March 2016)
At a glance
Number of Students 603
Average Daily Attendance 97%
Safety & vibe
How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?3% 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?100% 86% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
ARE CLASSES BIG?
Number of students in an average kindergarten class21 23 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Number of students in an average fifth grade class31 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?100% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?97% 87% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many students are chronically absent?7% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam
Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state ela exam
Percent of 4th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state science exam
Does the school encourage family involvement?
How many parents say they were invited to an event at the school at least 3 times in the last school year?74% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Do parents like the school?
How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?99% 94% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Special ed & ELL
How well does this school serve students with disabilities?
This school offers self-contained classes.
Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:44% 8% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:10% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
This school offers team teaching (ict).
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:56% 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:31% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:73% 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:18% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many parents say students with disabilities are included in all activities?
How many teachers say students with special needs are educated in the least restrictive environment appropriate?
How many parents of students with ieps say this school offers a wide enough variety of services and activities for their children’s needs?