P.S. 046 Alley Pond

An Insideschools pick
An Insideschools pick for Special Education
64-45 218 Street
QUEENS NY 11364 Map
Phone: (718) 423-8395
Website: Click here
Admissions: Neighborhood school
Principal: Stamo Karalazarides
Neighborhood: Bayside
District: 26
Grade range: PK-5
Parent Coordinator: DONNA KODJAPASHIS
Number of full-day PK seats: 18
Extended PK hours offered: N/A
Zoned
Full Day
School-based pre-k

What's special:

Program for students on the autism spectrum, lots of interesting extras

The downside:

ELA scores lag those in math by 20 points

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

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 class, students split into book clubs to read books of varying difficulty, but all set in a specific historical period—small town America between 1849 and 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 serve 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 ICT 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)

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 613

Average Daily Attendance 97%

Students at this school

Asian

  
61%

Black

  
5%

Hispanic

  
14%

White

  
18%

Free Lunch

  
48%

Special ed

  
27%

English Language Learners

  
8%

Safety & vibe

ARE KIDS
NICE?

How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?

86% 81% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average kindergarten class

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average fifth grade class

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

66% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

6% 23% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

How many teachers say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep students engaged?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say this school does a good job teaching social-emotional skills?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say this school does a good job teaching organizational and study skills?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam

87% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state ela exam

70% 40% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 4th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state science exam

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Parents

Are parents involved?

How many parents responded to the school survey?

54% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many parents say they attended at least one pta meeting in the last school year?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Do parents like the school?

How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

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

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?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say students with special needs are educated in the least restrictive environment appropriate?

97% 93% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many parents of students with ieps say this school offers a wide enough variety of services and activities for their children’s needs?

100% 86% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

Percent of ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

21% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of former ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

50% 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say this school ensures that ells receive the same curriculum as non-ells with appropriate suppports?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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