P.S./M.S. 149 Sojourner Truth

41 WEST 117 STREET
MANHATTAN NY 10026 Map
Phone: (646) 672-9020
Admissions: Neighborhood school
Principal: Barbara Darrigo
Neighborhood: Harlem
District:3
Grade range: PK-8
Parent Coordinator: ISAAC BOOKER
Zoned

What's special:

Harlem Children's Zone offers tutoring

The downside:

Low test scores, rapid turnover of principals

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

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)

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 339

Average Daily Attendance 90%

Students at this school

Asian

  
3%

Black

  
60%

Hispanic

  
32%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
87%

Special ed

  
28%

English Language Learners

  
8%

Safety & vibe

ARE KIDS
NICE?

How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?

14% 20% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

78% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average kindergarten class

16 23 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average fifth grade class

27 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average middle school english class

27 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

86% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

72% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

38% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

70% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

69% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

75% 86% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students in grades 3-8 who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam

3% 30% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students in grades 3-8 who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ela exam

6% 26% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 4th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 science exam

87% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 8th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 science exam

45% 60% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 8th grades pass high school regents exams?

Percent of 8th graders who take and pass the algebra regents:

0% 15% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 8th graders who take and pass a science regents:

0% 23% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Parents

Are parents involved?

How many parents responded to the 2013 school survey?

53% 61% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many parents say they attended at least one pta meeting in the 2012-2013 school year?

72% 70% 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 2012-2013 school year?

65% 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Do parents like the school?

How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?

85% 92% 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 2013 math exam:

0% 3% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

0% 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:

NA 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

NA 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:

0% 10% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

0% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

79% 74% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

85% 91% 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?

80% 87% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

Percent of ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of former ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

9% 18% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

80% 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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