P.S. 127 Aerospace Science Academy

98-01 25 AVENUE
QUEENS NY 11369 Map
Phone: (718) 446-4700
Website: Click here
Admissions: Neighborhood school
Principal: EVITA SANABRIA
Neighborhood: Elmhurst
District: 30
Grade range: PK-8
Parent Coordinator: Lincia Hamilton
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What's special:

Strong music program.

The downside:

Friction between principal and some teachers.

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

A traditional neighborhood school serving large numbers of new immigrants, PS 127 has a rich art program and a chorus that has performed at the New York Islanders hockey game. Students wear uniforms—blue pants and white shirts for the younger children and khaki pants and white shirts for the older ones.

The school seemed orderly on our brief visit. During class changes, children walked in straight lines with their books in front of them. Children were polite and paid attention in class--even in the overheated middle school classes with no air-conditioning. The school’s population has steadily increased in recent years, and the classrooms we visited seemed packed, with 30 or more children.

The school is particularly proud of its music program, led by songwriter-composer Shanan Esteicher. [See photo of the middle school chorus at left.] The school has also encouraged children to attend classical music concerts as part of a program called “Bach to School.”

Evita Sanabria, formerly a teacher of English as a Second Language, has focused on improving education for the school’s many English language learners since she became principal in 2008. Nearly one-third of the children are English language learners, including children who speak Spanish, Bengali and Arabic at home. In addition to traditional ESL classes, Sanabria has developed a dual-language program that allows children to perfect their English without losing their native Spanish.

However, her no-nonsense approach has ruffled feathers among the faculty. More than 80 percent of teachers responding to the Learning Environment Survey said the principal does not have confidence in the expertise of the staff; 85 percent said she was an ineffective manager. “In every school there are some angry teachers,” Sanabria told Insideschools, pointing out that only 60 percent of teachers responded to the survey.

Special education: The school offers both ICT (Integrated Collaborative Teaching) and self-contained special education classes. The ICT classes each have two teachers, some of whom are certified in special education and some in English as a Second Language.

Admissions: neighborhood school. (Anna Schneider, May 2012)

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 1462

Average Daily Attendance 93%

Students at this school

Asian

  
12%

Black

  
14%

Hispanic

  
72%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
90%

Special ed

  
14%

English Language Learners

  
34%

Safety & vibe

ARE KIDS
NICE?

How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?

60% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

20% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average kindergarten class

25 23 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average fifth grade class

27 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average middle school english class

28 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

23% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

27% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

22% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

39% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

57% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

68% 87% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students in grades 3-8 who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam

19% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students in grades 3-8 who scored 3 or 4 on the state ela exam

16% 29% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

92% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 8th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state science exam

61% 59% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 8th grades pass high school regents exams?

Percent of 8th graders who take and pass the algebra regents:

0% 23% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 8th graders who take and pass a science regents:

0% 15% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Parents

Are parents involved?

How many parents responded to the school survey?

31% 62% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

81% 69% 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?

67% 71% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Do parents like the school?

How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?

86% 93% 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:

0% 3% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

0% 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:

8% 8% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

2% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:

0% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many parents say students with disabilities are included in all activities?

97% 97% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

59% 87% 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?

88% 88% 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:

1% 4% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

10% 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

63% 88% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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