PS/IS 180 Hugo Newman
MANHATTAN NY 10027 Map
PS/IS 180 Hugo Newman
Extended PK hours offered: No
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)
At a glance
Number of Students 625
Average Daily Attendance 94%
Safety & vibe
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 class18 22 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Number of students in an average fifth grade class20 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Number of students in an average middle school english class28 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
How many students are chronically absent?19% 21% 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?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?
This school does not offer self-contained classes.
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
This school offers team teaching (ict).
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?
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?