P.S. 84 Lillian Weber
MANHATTAN NY 10025 Map
P.S. 84 Lillian Weber
Extended PK hours offered: No
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 nice 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, staffed by parent-volunteers.
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 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 Haushchild, 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)
At a glance
Number of Students 521
Average Daily Attendance 94%
Safety & vibe
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 class20 23 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Number of students in an average fifth grade class25 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
How many students are chronically absent?18% 23% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam
Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state ela exam
Percent of 4th 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?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?
This school offers self-contained classes.
Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:0% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
This school offers team teaching (ict).
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:26% 18% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:0% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
This school offers SETSS.
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:27% 16% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:9% 8% 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?