P.S. 101 School In The Gardens
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P.S. 101 School In The Gardens
The School in the Gardens, true to its name, is set in beautiful lush surroundings. The school has been consistently high-performing and has a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Staff and administrators work well together to help create a cohesive school community.
Some parents have complained that competition with nearby PS 196, where test scores are among the highest in the city, and a low score on the school’s 2011 progress report, have pushed the school place too much emphasis on test prep. An article in the New York Times used the school as an example of the trend of replacing creative play with rigid academics as early as kindergarten.
Still, many parents like the school and reported a high level of satisfaction with its staff on the 2011 Learning Environment Survey. And teachers rate principal Valerie Capitulo-Saide highly - 93% said she was an effective manager on the 2011 survey. Parents say they feel welcome in the school and the relatively small student body means kids don’t get lost. Teachers in each grade produce monthly newsletters for parents. SMART boards can be found in most classrooms.
The emphasis on academic achievement has not diminished the school’s commitment to the arts – all students take music and art and some also get dance and theater.
Classes in the lower grades don’t usually go above 25 students and rise to about 30 in the upper grades. The teachers are experienced – only about a quarter of the staff has fewer than 10 years on the job.
After school: Classes are available for a fee and include artistic dessert, chess, cartooning, debate, art, music, dance, school newspaper, yoga and test prep.
Special education: There is one self-contained classroom and two Integrated Co-Teaching classes that combine special and general education students.
Admissions: Neighborhood school. (Meredith Kolodner, interviews, DOE stats, March 2012)
At a glance
Number of Students 587
Average Daily Attendance 96%
Safety & vibe
How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?23% 15% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?68% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
ARE CLASSES BIG?
Number of students in an average kindergarten class22 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?74% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?74% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many students are chronically absent?8% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam
Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ela exam
Percent of 4th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 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 2012-2013 school year?77% 74% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Do parents like the school?
How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?94% 94% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Special ed & ELL
How well does this school serve students with disabilities?
As of 2012-2013, this school does not offer self-contained classes.
Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:NA 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:NA 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
As of 2012-2013, this school offers team teaching (ict).
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:0% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:0% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
As of 2012-2013, this school offers SETSS.
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:20% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:6% 7% 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?