P.S. 208 Alain L. Locke

21 WEST 111 STREET
MANHATTAN NY 10026 Map
Phone: (212) 534-9580
Website: Click here
Admissions: Neighborhood; magnet
Principal: Susan Green
Neighborhood: Harlem
District: 3
Grade range: 3-5
Parent Coordinator: YISELL ALCANTARA
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What's special:

Parents praise high expectations and good communication with teachers

The downside:

Declining enrollment

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

A tiny school with a shrinking enrollment, PS 208 serves children in grades 3-5 in a building shared with Harlem Link Charter; PS 185, a neighborhood school for children in PK-2; and a school for children with severe disabilities.

PS 208 received a federal magnet grant in 2010 designed to increase enrollment and make the school more racially and economically diverse. As part of the grant, the school adopted an environmental theme; children received laptops and took regular trips to Central Park. However, enrollment continued to decline: The school had 284 pupils in 2006; a decade later, faced with competition from charter schools and other schools of choice in the neighborhood, just 125 children were enrolled.

Parents gives the school high marks, according to school surveys. “Parents were all in agreement that the school sets high expectations and there is open communication with the teachers,” Superintendent Ilene Altschul wrote in the 2015 Quality Review. However, Altschul added, “Across classrooms there were uneven levels of student participation and thinking.” Nearly half the teachers who responded to the survey complained of problems with order and discipline.

Insideschools visited PS 208 in 2012, but Principal Susan Green has refused our requests for visits since then.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school offers team-teaching and self-contained classes.

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school. (Clara Hemphill, update based on DOE data, March 2017)

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 141

Average Daily Attendance 93%

Students at this school

Asian

  
3%

Black

  
61%

Hispanic

  
34%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
95%

Special ed

  
28%

English Language Learners

  
11%

Safety & vibe

ARE KIDS
NICE?

How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

53% 81% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average kindergarten class

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average fifth grade class

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

73% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

25% 23% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam

16% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state ela exam

20% 40% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Parents

Are parents involved?

How many parents responded to the school survey?

93% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA 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?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Do parents like the school?

How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?

NA NA 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:

6% 8% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

13% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

10% 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

7% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

93% 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?

88% 86% 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:

0% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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