PS/IS 180 Hugo Newman

An Insideschools pick
370 WEST 120 STREET
MANHATTAN NY 10027 Map
Phone: (212) 678-2849
Website: Click here
Admissions: Neighborhood school; priority to continuing 6th graders
Principal: LANA FLEMING
Neighborhood: Harlem
District:3
Grade range: PK-8
Parent Coordinator: KHADYJAH WILSON
Zoned
Dual Language

What's special:

A warm, inviting school with small classes and active parents; dual language program

The downside:

Reading scores could be higher

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Located across the street from Morning Side Park, The Hugo Newman College Preparatory School PS/IS 180 is a bright, well-kept and welcoming building serving pre-K–8th grade. Over the past decade this Harlem neighborhood has seen some gentrification and the student body has become increasingly diverse. A dual language English-Spanish program was added beginning in the 2013-2014 school year. An award winning school, PS/IS 180 offers students a constructive and effective learning environment with strong academics and enrichment.

Students, teachers and administrators take obvious pride in their building and school community. The school atmosphere is warm and inviting and beautiful murals created by TATS CRU, a Bronx based graffiti mural arts organization, brighten the walls. The facility is meticulously maintained and spacious with a clean and large cafeteria, an auditorium, a gym and expansive outdoor play yards.

On the day of our visit, students in every classroom were engaged, alert and happy. Respect plays a key role in all interactions throughout the school. We saw many teachers collaborating on lessons during prep time. The teachers we met had long tenures at PS/IS 180 and universally spoke about the positive work environment. Principal Peter McFarlane (referred to as Dr. Mac) sets a tone of high expectation and collaboration. He said schools are one of the only consistent influences on many children’s lives, insisting that, "schools have to be predictable." [Since the time of our visit, Dr. McFarlane has retired. Assistant Principal Lana Fleming took over the school leadership after he left in January 2014.]

To maximize learning and individual attention, classes are limited to 20 students in four classes per grade in the lower grades. The upper school classes are capped at 22 students and have access to two science labs each staffed by a full-time science teacher. All 3rd–8th-grade classrooms have SMARTBoards, and a cart of laptops and kindles rotates between rooms.

In 2013 the school hired a full-time librarian who is actively trying to expand the library collection to a circulation of 15,000 books through partnerships and family involvement. For example, families can donate books in celebration of students’ birthdays and they are celebrated on a birthday poster in the hall.

Community is central to Dr. McFarlane’s educational philosophy and has played a key role in the success of PS/IS 180. The school has a family support wing providing dental and optometric care through partnerships with New York Presbyterian Hospital and SUNY Optometric Center. Parent interest provided the impetus for starting a dual-language program, beginning with the kindergarten class in 2013. students will receive instruction in English for halfof the day, and will receive instruction in Spanish for the other half.

Parent involvement continues to increase. The PTA has gained 501c3 status—usually reserved for only the most active and successful school PTAs. The group holds a regular community flea market and participates in a Learning Leaders program to train parent volunteers. On the day of our visit a couple of parents were in classrooms supporting teachers. 

Students receive physical education one to two times per week and have access to daily swim lessons at Asphalt Green. 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. For additional enrichment, a program called Talent Tuesdays gives students access to a variety of course offerings led by teachers and staff. For example, Parent Coordinator Khadyah Wilson leads a crafters class. Other options include dressmaking, yoga, chess, ballroom dancing and cooking among others. Middle school students can take Spanish and all middle school students participate in community services activities. Some grades go to lunch daily at the Police Athletic League across the street.

Special education: The school has four assistant principals including an AP designated to oversee special education services. There is currently one ICT class per grade for 3rd-6th, and additional ICT classes are planned. The school has two school psychologists, a social worker, two guidance counselors and a speech therapist. Physical and occupational therapists are contracted as needed.

After school: After school activities are offered through Sports and Arts in Schools and the New York Junior Tennis League. On weekends, students can participate in basketball clinics at the school.

Admissions: The elementary school is zoned; there is an orientation and interviews for the dual language program which will have one class per grade K-5 at full growth. See the school's website for more information. IS 180 participates in the District 3 middle school choice process, but priority for admission is to continuing students, who end up filling most of the seats. All entering students are selected through an interview process that includes their parents. (Sharon McCann-Doyle, March 2013)

InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 614

Average Daily Attendance 94%

Students at this school

Asian

  
2%

Black

  
58%

Hispanic

  
27%

White

  
9%

Free Lunch

  
73%

Special ed

  
14%

English Language Learners

  
7%

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?

77% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average kindergarten class

21 23 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average fifth grade class

23 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average middle school english class

26 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

94% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

81% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

19% 22% 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?

85% 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 2014 math exam

26% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students in grades 3-8 who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ela exam

23% 29% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 4th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 science exam

97% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 8th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 science exam

52% 59% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 8th grades pass high school regents exams?

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

0% 23% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

39% 15% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Parents

Are parents involved?

How many parents responded to the 2014 school survey?

43% 62% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many parents say they attended at least one pta meeting in the 2013-2014 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 2013-2014 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 2014 math exam:

NA 3% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

NA 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 math exam:

3% 8% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

3% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 math exam:

NA 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

NA 6% 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?

83% 87% 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?

86% 88% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

Percent of ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

0% 4% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of former ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

NA 19% 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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