P.S. 84 Lillian Weber

An Insideschools pick
32 WEST 92 STREET
MANHATTAN NY 10025 Map
Phone: (212) 799-2534
Website: Click here
Admissions: Neighborhood school
Principal: Evelyn J. Lolis, Ed.D.
Neighborhood: Upper West Side
District: 3
Grade range: PK-5
Parent Coordinator: ANITA HAUSCHILD
Number of full-day PK seats: 36
Extended PK hours offered: No
Zoned
Dual Language
Full Day
School-based pre-k

What's special:

Dual language programs in French and Spanish, lots of arts

The downside:

Test scores just average, some clutter in classrooms

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

On a leafy street half a block from Central Park, PS 84 offers dual language programs in French and Spanish as well as English-only classes. The French program is growing in popularity: A second French dual language class has been added in the lower grades; as these children grow, these classes will likely make up half the school’s enrollment. Each grade also has one Spanish dual language class and one English-only ICT class with two teachers and mix of general education and special needs children.

The school has a mix of children of different races, income levels and home languages, with no one group dominating. There are children from nearby housing projects as well as pricey brownstones. Children of nannies and bus drivers learn alongside the offspring of architects and lawyers. Add to the mix West Indian, African, French and Hispanic backgrounds—and the school is a microcosm of the city. Half the children in the dual language programs are native speakers of English; half speak French or Spanish at home.

The atmosphere is relaxed. Children are free to talk and to move around classes. A rooftop garden provides an inviting outdoor-classroom where children plant and harvest vegetables and have hands-on science lessons. The playground and lunchroom are calmer than at many schools (and the food, with lots of fresh vegetables, is better than the typical lunchroom fare.) Some classrooms are a bit cluttered, and the level of student engagement varies, but the quality of children’s written work is good overall. Children and staff both seem happy to be here.

The school has a wide variety of community partnerships. Volunteers from the Jewish Community Center work as “reading buddies.” Enrichment programs are offered by Julliard, the 92nd Street Y, the New-York Historical Society and Magic Box productions (which teaches children to use cameras). An active PTA raises several hundred thousand dollars a year to pay for teacher assistants in most classrooms and enrichment activities. The school has a well-stocked library, with two part-time librarians, paid for by parents. 

Longtime principal Robin Sundick, who established the French dual language programs and made the school more welcoming to parents, retired in 2015 and was replaced by Evelyn J. Lolis, formerly an elementary school principal on Long Island. Lolis, a native speaker of French (her mother is French and her father is Greek), has a PhD from Hofstra University and had worked the Reading and Writing Project at Teachers College. Anita Hauschild, the parent coordinator, and Assistant Principal Mary Acosta, both speak Spanish, so parents can always find someone at the school who speaks their language.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school’s English-only program is made up of ICT (integrated co-teaching) classes, which mix general and special needs children, with two teachers. There are also self-contained classes for children who need a smaller setting. Children with difficulties reading may get free after-school tutoring at the Stephen Gaynor School, a private school for special needs children.

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school. Children in the school attendance zone are guaranteed admission but those living anywhere in Districts 3 may apply. Native speakers of French and Spanish from outside District 3 sometimes are admitted off the waitlist in late summer. (Clara Hemphill, October 2015)

InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with MS 247

Number of Students 552

Average Daily Attendance 95%

Students at this school

Asian

  
3%

Black

  
13%

Hispanic

  
42%

White

  
38%

Free Lunch

  
50%

Special ed

  
16%

English Language Learners

  
10%

Safety & vibe

ARE KIDS
NICE?

How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?

12% 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 class

19 23 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average fifth grade class

27 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?

100% 87% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

14% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

93% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

86% 85% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

96% 91% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

54% 39% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

44% 30% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

87% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Parents

Are parents involved?

How many parents responded to the school survey?

34% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

64% 72% 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?

72% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Do parents like the school?

How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?

95% 94% 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% 8% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

18% 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

18% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

96% 98% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

90% 94% 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?

71% 89% 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:

11% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

29% 28% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

96% 90% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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