P.S./M.S. 149 Sojourner Truth
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P.S./M.S. 149 Sojourner Truth
PS 149, which shares a building with the first Harlem Success Academy Charter School, is a struggling school with a high proportion of children with special needs, low levels of academic performance and a rapid turnover of administrators.
On the positive side, the Robin Hood Foundation, a not-for-profit anti-poverty organization, has built a nice library and a middle school science lab opened in 2009. The Harlem Children’s Zone, a well-regarded community organization, offers tutoring afterschool to PS 149 children.
Sharing space with the charter school has been difficult, according to Noah Gotbaum, a member of the Community Education Council for District 3. While children in the charter school have classrooms that are adjacent to one another, the PS 149 children are divided among classrooms on the first, third and fourth floors, he said.
"Every summer we go on vacation, and when we come back in the fall, Harlem Success has grabbed more of our classrooms and space," a PS 149 parent told the Daily News.
Parents complain their children are crammed into morning lunch periods, crowded out of stairwells between classes, and reprimanded for straying into charter school hallways, according to DNAinfo.
PS 149 has had three principals in five years. In 2011, Barbara Darrigo became interim acting principal, replacing Kayrol-Burgess Harper. She previously taught at the Queens High School of Teaching, Liberal Arts and the Sciences. Harper replaced Shaniquia Dixon in 2009, who was accused of inadequately supervising a school business manager who was found guilty of theft, according to the Daily News.
Special education: The school offers "self-contained" classes as well as team-teaching classes, that mix special education and general education students.
Admissions: Neighborhood school. (Clara Hemphill, web reports, interview, January 2013)
At a glance
Number of Students 339
Average Daily Attendance 90%
Safety & vibe
How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?35% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?55% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
ARE CLASSES BIG?
Number of students in an average kindergarten class16 23 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Number of students in an average fifth grade class27 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Number of students in an average middle school english class27 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?71% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?70% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many students are chronically absent?39% 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?68% 71% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Do parents like the school?
How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?92% 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:0% 3% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:0% 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
This school does not offer team teaching (ict).
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:NA 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:NA 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
This school offers SETSS.
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:7% 14% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:0% 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?