P.S. 57 Hubert H. Humphrey
STATEN ISLAND NY 10304 Map
P.S. 57 Hubert H. Humphrey
PS 57 has won national recognition for its efforts to teach children about the environment. Children grow fruits and vegetables in the school garden and built a greenhouse out of 1,500 recycled plastic bottles, according to a blog of the National Wildlife Federation. [Photo from NWF website.]
The school was named a Green Ribbon School in 2013 by the US Department of Education, Children learn about climate change, renewable energy, composting, recycling, gardening, robotics, and ecology, the blog said.
Science teacher Patricia Lockhart has developed “an eclectic science curriculum” that integrates environmental education with art, math, social studies and language arts, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, which gave her a 2012 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators.
Students visit nearby Eibs Pond Park, and learn how air pollution contributes to asthma and how poor eating habits contribute to childhood obesity.
“Patricia created a healthy children’s garden at the school for students to grow their own fruit and vegetables and a butterfly and bee garden to attract pollinators and help students learn about plant and insect life,” the EPA said.
Set across the street from long blocks of nondescript brick housing projects, PS 57 serves a mix of long-time residents and new immigrants from West Africa. In 2005, Lockhart traveled to Liberia to oversee distribution of a shipping container's worth of nonperishable food, clothing, shoes, and baby supplies that students in her school had collected. At the time, many PS 57 children had arrived from war-torn countries and some of them had never had formal education. Some had been orphaned by war and were living with members of their extended their families.
Despite the strength of the science program, the school faces significant challenges. Attendance is below average, and there appears to be friction between the administration and the staff. Forty percent of teachers say they don’t get enough support from the principal, Sandra Harrell, and 45 percent say they would not recommend the school to parents, according to the Learning Environment Survey. [Harrell left the school in 2014 and the assistant principal Karyn Lind was named interim acting principal.]
Special education: More than one-quarter of the students receive special education services, either in regular classrooms or in “self-contained” classes.
Admissions: neighborhood school. (Clara Hemphill, web reports, October 2013/updated November 2014)
At a glance
Number of Students 658
Average Daily Attendance 90%
Safety & vibe
How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?20% 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?80% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
ARE CLASSES BIG?
Number of students in an average kindergarten class25 23 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Number of students in an average fifth grade class33 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?76% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?80% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many students are chronically absent?35% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam
Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state ela exam
Percent of 4th 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?65% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Do parents like the school?
How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?91% 94% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Special ed & ELL
How well does this school serve students with disabilities?
This school offers self-contained classes.
Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:5% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
This school offers team teaching (ict).
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:11% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:4% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
This school offers SETSS.
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:13% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:13% 7% 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?