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Principal Thea Pallos and her assistant principals greet every student at the door of PS 234, a school that serves a multi-ethnic group of children who speak 78 languages at home. The children’s families come from South Asian countries as well as Brazil, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Tibet.
The school emphasizes community service along with academics. Students may visit nursing homes or collect holiday gifts for needy children.
“We try to teach them to be good citizens and to grow up and care for their neighbors,” Pallos said in a telephone interview.
Pallos has been principal of PS 234 since it opened in fall 2003. The building has spacious, modern common areas such as a gym, music room, art room and library, as well as such non-institutional touches as curved hallways and glass brick walls in the stairwells. Common areas are shared with a middle school housed on the fourth floor of the building.
Budget cuts forced the school to let go of its licensed arts instructors, but the school has maintained its firm commitment to the arts. Drama and dance are taught by a special education teacher who helped children put on a production of the Nutcracker. To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the building, children designed tiles depicting special events at the school.
Special education: There are four "self-contained" classes for children with special needs only, as well as supplemental services for students in general education classrooms. In addition, teachers try to identify kids outside of the mandated program who might need some extra help and provide them with short-term services.
Admissions: Neighborhood school. (Clara Hemphill, phone interview, December 2012)
At a glance
Number of Students 643
Average Daily Attendance 95%
Safety & vibe
How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?0% 15% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?93% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
ARE CLASSES BIG?
Number of students in an average kindergarten class24 23 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Number of students in an average fifth grade class24 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?97% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?97% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many students are chronically absent?12% 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?72% 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 offers self-contained classes.
Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:0% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
As of 2012-2013, this school does not offer team teaching (ict).
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:NA 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:NA 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:0% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:13% 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?