The Michael J. Petrides School

An Insideschools pick
715 OCEAN TERRACE
STATEN ISLAND NY 10301 Map
Phone: (718) 815-0186
Website: Click here
Admissions: Lottery (K-8); ed opt (hs)
Principal: Joanne Buckheit
Neighborhood: Todt Hill
District: 31
Grade range: PK-12
Number of full-day PK seats: 36
Extended PK hours offered: Contact program about extended hours.
Humanities & Interdisciplinary
Unzoned
Full Day
School-based pre-k

Buses: S53, S61, S62, S66, S78, S93, X14

What's special:

Warm atmosphere and continuity from k to 12

The downside:

Hard to reach by MTA bus

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

A highly sought-after program that draws children from across Staten Island, Michael J. Petrides offers a warm atmosphere, challenging academics and the chance to stay at one school from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Housed on the grassy campus of what was once the College of Staten Island, Petrides is surrounded by trees and nature trails. Classes are large—up to 32 in elementary and 34 in high school. But children rarely get lost in the shuffle because the total enrollment of the school is small. Teachers get to know children well because they stay at the school for so many years.

Children are admitted to the elementary and middle school grades via lottery, and there are far more applicants than seats available. The school has 75 children in kindergarten and about 125 students in 9th grade. Many students stay there for 13 years, but there are usually a few seats open in the upper grades and a larger number of seats in 9th grade.

One big advantage of the K-12 model is that students can avoid the often-stressful middle and high school choice processes. "The next decision is college, and we’re going to hold your hand for that," Principal Joanne Buckheit said.

The school provides extra help to students who need it and also offers opportunities for more proficient students. One year, a high school math teacher worked with advanced 4th and 5th graders.

Middle school academics are accelerated. Students take the American History, Living Environment and Integrated Algebra Regents at the end of 8th grade, allowing 95 percent of them to leave middle school with some high school credits.

This enables students to take advantage of the school's many Advanced Placement offerings—and, unlike at some large schools, AP classes are not hard to get into. Similarly, it’s not hard to make the sports teams—just about anyone who wants to play can make varsity. Petrides also provides many music and art classes.

Small group work seems to be a staple at Petrides, with most classes arranged to accommodate that. In an 8th grade English class students worked together on analyzing the Edgar Allan Poe short story, "The Telltale Heart."

Another advantage to the K-12 structure: High school students may work with elementary school students. But being with younger children also is a responsibility, one senior who had been at the school since 2nd grade told us. "They look up to you. We know we have to do what's right," he said.

About 90 percent of students go on to college, with most attending four-year schools and a significant number going to arts programs. Everyone applies to CUNY and SUNY.

Yellow school bus service is provided for elementary school students. Middle and high school students get MTA bus passes, but the school is not easily accessible by MTA bus.

Special education: Petrides has team teaching classes that include students with disabilities and general education students. It has added a self-contained elementary school class. The campus also houses a program for students with more serious disabilities, who, Buckheit said are included in the life of Petrides.

Admissions: Incoming kindergarteners are selected in an April lottery, with preference for students who have a sibling at Petrides in grades k-5. As class size increases and some students move, any openings through grade 8 also are filled by lottery. At 9th grade, Petrides adds another class and some students leave for specialized high schools, opening up additional space. These are filled by the Department of Education using the Education Option model, designed to ensure students with a mix of academic abilities. (Gail Robinson, November 2013)

K-8 InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 1330

Average Daily Attendance 93%

Students at this school

Asian

  
8%

Black

  
20%

Hispanic

  
22%

White

  
48%

Free Lunch

  
47%

Special ed

  
25%

English Language Learners

  
1%

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?

86% 75% 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

Number of students in an average middle school english class

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

94% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

18% 22% 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 students in grades 3-8 who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam

44% 40% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

46% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 8th grades pass high school regents exams?

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

25% 14% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

74% 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Parents

Are parents involved?

How many parents responded to the school survey?

66% 59% 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:

5% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

5% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

12% 14% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

7% 8% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

8% 15% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

10% 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?

96% 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?

87% 84% 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% 3% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of former ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the state 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?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 1330

Average Daily Attendance 93%

Uniforms? NA

Metal detectors? NA

Students at this school

Asian

  
8%

Black

  
20%

Hispanic

  
22%

White

  
48%

Free Lunch

  
47%

Special ed

  
25%

English Language Learners

  
1%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.66 2.39 CITYWIDE AVERAGE


1 = Far below grade level 2 = Below grade level 3 = At grade level 4 = Above grade level

Middle school students reading at grade level:

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Middle school students doing math at grade level:

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Safety & vibe

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

86% 74% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

94% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

How many students say they feel safe in hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?

82% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

18% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2015

How many students graduated within 4 years?

83% 69% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates earned an advanced regents diploma within 4 years?

21% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

95% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

3% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

College prep

Does this school offer a college preparatory curriculum?

How many students took an AP or IB class and scored at least a "3" on the AP exam or a "4" on the IB exam?

23%

How Many Students took a College Course and Got a "C" or Higher?

40%

How many students passed a Regents exam for algebra 2, physics or chemistry?

26%

Are students ready for college?

How many students graduated in four years with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?

43% 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

473
424 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 495 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated in four years and enrolled in college?

86% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

483
432 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 511 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

Is the guidance counseling helpful?

How many students say that this school provides helpful counseling on college or job-seeking?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

50% 48% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

NA 57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students with disabilities spend most of the day with non-disabled peers?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners graduated within 4 years?

48% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners graduated within 6 years?

56% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

Comprehensive Academic for Current Students

For Continuing 8th Graders

Comprehensive academic curriculum with an emphasis on performing arts and technology.

Comprehensive Academic for New Students

Ed. Opt.

Comprehensive academic curriculum with an emphasis on performing arts and technology.

Academics

AP COURSES: AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP English, AP Statistics, AP World History

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Conflict Resolution/Peer Mediation, Dance Company, Family Arts Nights, High School Musical Review, International Thespian Honor Society, Italian, Key Club, Literary Magazine, National Honor Society, Peer Teaching, Peer Tutoring, Petrides Against Cancer Society, Petrides Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, School Newspaper, S!NG Competition, Spring Musical Production, Student Government, Teen Talk, Yearbook

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Fencing, Football, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Wrestling

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Bowling, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Volleyball

Other schools sports: Cheerleading

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

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