P.S. 69 Daniel D. Tompkins

An Insideschools pick
An Insideschools pick for Special Education
144 KEATING PLACE
STATEN ISLAND NY 10314 Map
Phone: (718) 698-6661
Website: Click here
Admissions: Neighborhood school
Principal: Doreen Murphy
Neighborhood: New Springville
District: 31
Grade range: PK-5
Parent Coordinator: MARGARET GOODMAN
Number of full-day PK seats: 18
Extended PK hours offered: Contact program about extended hours.
Zoned
Gifted and Talented
Full Day
School-based pre-k

What's special:

Collaboration and independence are encouraged; multiple programs for students with autism

The downside:

Increasing parent involvement is a work in progress

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

One of the largest elementary schools on Staten Island, PS 69 serves the mid-island community of New Springville. It has G&T (gifted and talented) classes as well as programs for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and serves a range of students, including many with special needs.

Starting in kindergarten, students at PS 69 are encouraged to be independent learners. They keep portfolios of their work and reflect on their strengths, weaknesses and progress during individual conferences with their teachers. Across all grades, children learn to collaborate with one another, seeking out input from their classmates or working in groups. Teachers give students leeway to express their ideas in ways that make sense to them such as charts, mini-plays, PowerPoint and even creating lessons, according to the Quality Review.

Principal since 2007, Doreen E. Murphy has spent her entire career at PS 69, starting out in 1995 as a classroom teacher and later serving as an assistant principal. Murphy gets high marks for her leadership based on teacher and parent responses to the annual school surveys.

Students in grades k–5 participate in weekly enrichment activities that vary depending on students’ interests and talents. Each 13-week enrichment cycle culminates with students creating a final product or performance with their activity group. The school also offers dance, band, violin and community service opportunities. One group of students helped refurbish and restore a piano at an adult day program at the Sea View Hospital Rehabilitation Center.

One school-wide goal is to strengthen parent involvement. Participation has increased in response to staff efforts such as hosting workshops on topics of interest to parents, but it’s still “a work in progress,” according to the school’s Comprehensive Education Plan.

There are after-school activities and a fee-based morning care program that allows parents to drop off their children as early as 6:55 am.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: In addition to SETSS and ICT classes, the school offers multiple approaches and settings for students with ASD including NEST, which follows an inclusion model, and Horizon, which offers self-contained classes for students who need more intensive support. A separate Intensive Kindergarten (IK) class serves ASD students with average or high aptitude. The emphasis is on developing social skills and self-regulation rather than academics. IK students who do well move on to a NEST kindergarten the following year.

ADMISSIONS: The school typically admits zoned students and siblings of current students. Admission to G&T is according to Department of Education standards. (Laura Zingmond, web reports and school data, July 2016).

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 950

Average Daily Attendance 95%

Students at this school

Asian

  
14%

Black

  
3%

Hispanic

  
22%

White

  
59%

Free Lunch

  
52%

Special ed

  
22%

English Language Learners

  
5%

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?

88% 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?

91% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

11% 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

53% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

49% 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?

76% 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:

17% 8% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

4% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

26% 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

14% 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?

99% 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?

86% 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:

9% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

53% 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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