P.S. 87 William Sherman

An Insideschools pick
160 WEST 78 STREET
MANHATTAN NY 10024 Map
Phone: (212) 678-2826
Website: Click here
Admissions: Neighborhood school
Principal: Monica Berry
Neighborhood: Upper West Side
District: 3
Grade range: PK-5
Parent Coordinator: Sandra Guirguis
Number of full-day PK seats: 18
Extended PK hours offered: Please contact site for more information
Zoned
Dual Language
Full Day
School-based pre-k

What's special:

Strong teachers bring the city to life with creative projects and trips

The downside:

Relationship between administration and staff could be better

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

PS 87 has long been one of the most popular schools in District 3, known for its passionate teachers, active parents, and commitment to the arts. Parents chip in to plan fundraisers and help out on the playground, and they advocate for improving the quality of the food.

Hallways are filled with creative and inspired student work. Social studies units begin with the child and expand outward from "me" and "my family" to the neighborhood, city, state, country and world. Kids take trips to the Central Park Zoo, the botanical gardens and area museums. The school has a popular dual language Spanish-English program, designed to make children proficient speakers and writers of both languages.

Alas, the quality of teaching is uneven. Depending on the luck of the draw, your child may get a fabulous teacher—or one who is not ready for prime time. The staff is famous for its independence, or, depending on your point of view, its resistance to supervision. The school had five principals in a decade; one told us she left because some of the teachers acted as if they didn't need a principal.

Monica Berry, principal since 2010, has a rocky relationship with some the staff; according to school surveys, many teachers mistrust her.

That said, nearly all the parents who responded to the survey say they would recommend the school. "In a school this big you are bound to come across a few less-than-impressive teachers, parents, kids," a parent wrote on the InsideSchools website. "The classes are big, lunchroom is crowded, and the auditorium gets noisy—but this is a NYC public school. The experience for kids and parents, I think, mirrors real life. I highly recommend this school for families looking for a well-rounded education in life and in academics."

SPECIAL EDUCATION: SETTS (special education teacher support services) and ICT (integrated co-teaching) classes on every grade level. The school also has speech, occuptional therapy, physical therapy and counseling. 

ADMISSIONS: Zoned neighborhood school. Upon intake, a note is made if you are interested in dual language, but final decisions only occur once your child has been accepted to PS 87. No kindergarten children from outside the zone except siblings have been accepted in the past several years. (Clara Hemphill, web reports and school data, September 2016)

InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 852

Average Daily Attendance 96%

Students at this school

Asian

  
7%

Black

  
5%

Hispanic

  
15%

White

  
64%

Free Lunch

  
7%

Special ed

  
17%

English Language Learners

  
4%

Safety & vibe

ARE KIDS
NICE?

How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?

14% 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

94% 86% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average kindergarten class

23 23 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average fifth grade class

22 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

65% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

87% 87% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

6% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

97% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

84% 85% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

97% 91% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

80% 39% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

76% 30% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

98% 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?

62% 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?

96% 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:

NA 8% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

52% 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

45% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

46% 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 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?

94% 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?

93% 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:

0% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 28% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

93% 90% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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