P.S. 127 Aerospace Science Academy
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P.S. 127 Aerospace Science Academy
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)
At a glance
Number of Students 1462
Average Daily Attendance 93%
Safety & vibe
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 class25 23 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Number of students in an average fifth grade class27 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Number of students in an average middle school english class28 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
How many students are chronically absent?26% 23% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of students in grades 3-8 who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam
Percent of students in grades 3-8 who scored 3 or 4 on the state ela exam
Percent of 4th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state science exam
Percent of 8th 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?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?
This school offers self-contained classes.
Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:2% 3% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:2% 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
This school offers team teaching (ict).
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:7% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:4% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
This school does not offer SETSS.
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:NA 14% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:NA 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?