PS/IS 180 Hugo Newman

370 WEST 120 STREET
MANHATTAN NY 10027 Map
Phone: (212) 678-2849
Website: Click here
Admissions: Neighborhood school; priority to continuing 5th-graders
Principal: Lana Fleming
Neighborhood: Harlem
District: 3
Grade range: PK-8
Parent Coordinator: KHADYJAH WILSON
Number of full-day PK seats: 72
Extended PK hours offered: No
Zoned
Dual Language
Full Day
School-based pre-k

What's special:

Involved parents and a warm sense of community

The downside:

A few behavior problems

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Ask parents what they like about PS 180 and they’ll tell you about the warm sense of community, the pleasure of making friends with other parents, sharing babysitting and after-school pick-ups, and even having holiday meals together.

It’s a place where parents of different races and ethnic groups seem to get along, where families of mixed races feel at home. The PTA organizes events to encourage parents to come to the school regularly—such as an early morning exercise class with a disco ball.

“I feel like I’m part of a community in a way I never expected,” one mother said.

“You’re greeted with a smile,” said a father. “The teachers are accessible.”

“We are traditional. We believe in homework, we have tests, a spelling bee,” said another mother. “But we also have rugs and desks in groups.”

Lana Fleming, assistant principal and teacher at PS 180 since 1995, became principal in January 2014, replacing Peter McFarlane, who had a doctorate from Teachers College and who led the school for 17 years. The teaching methods have undergone some changes in recent years. PS 180 has long been part of the Teacher's College Reading and Writing Project, which uses children’s literature instead of textbooks and encourages children to write multiple drafts of their essays. The school briefly used the ReadyGen reading curriculum, a scripted program recommended by the state as part of the Common Core State Standards, but went back to Teacher's College at the request of staff members. The change seems to be working: On our visit, the quality of children’s written work we saw posted on bulletin boards was good. The school uses the GoMath program supplemented by Exemplars, which encourages children to come up with different strategies to solve opened-ended math problems.

PS 180 has three classes in most grades: general education, dual language (in which children study in English in the morning and Spanish in the afternoon) and ICT (with two teachers, one of whom is certified in special education.) The dual language program began in 2013 and will add a grade each year.

Class size is small: about 20 in the elementary school and 22 in the middle school. The school has a family support wing providing dental and optometric care through partnerships with New York-Presbyterian Hospital and SUNY Optometric Center.

A full-time music teacher and a collaboration with Midori and Friends provides comprehensive music education, while a partnership with Studio in a School provides art lessons. Second-graders swim at Asphalt Green.

Although the school was orderly the day of our visit, some teachers report occasional discipline problems. “We do have some challenging students,” Fleming acknowledged, adding that a number of children with behavior problems had been assigned to PS 180 after having been asked to leave nearby charter schools. To help these children and their families, the school has a full-time social worker provided by the nearby Ryan Community Health Center. In addition, 12 psychology graduate interns work with children through a partnership with Columbia University.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school offers ICT classes. Physical and occupational therapists are contracted as needed.

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood, zoned school for grades k–5. PS 180 interviews students interested in the dual language program to ensure proper balance of Spanish- and English-dominant speakers. For grades 6-8, the school looks at students' 4th-grade report cards, state test scores and record of attendance and lateness. Top priority goes to continuing 5th-grade students, then to students living in the school’s zone, and then to students and residents of District 3. There are frequent tours for prospective parents. (Clara Hemphill, December 2015)

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 625

Average Daily Attendance 94%

Students at this school

Asian

  
2%

Black

  
57%

Hispanic

  
29%

White

  
9%

Free Lunch

  
70%

Special ed

  
16%

English Language Learners

  
5%

Safety & vibe

ARE KIDS
NICE?

How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?

23% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

78% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average kindergarten class

18 22 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average fifth grade class

20 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average middle school english class

28 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

93% 85% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

89% 86% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

19% 21% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

87% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

82% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

94% 87% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

21% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

24% 31% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

70% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

44% 57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 8th grades pass high school regents exams?

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

4% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

26% 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Parents

Are parents involved?

How many parents responded to the school survey?

37% 57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

67% 69% 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?

81% 71% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Do parents like the school?

How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?

99% 93% 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:

40% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

17% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

3% 14% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

5% 8% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 15% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

40% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

96% 97% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

80% 93% 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?

75% 88% 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:

6% 4% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

8% 21% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

79% 88% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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