P.S. 57 Hubert H. Humphrey

140 PALMA DRIVE
STATEN ISLAND NY 10304 Map
Phone: (718) 447-1191
Admissions: Neighborhood school
Principal: Karyn Linda (IA)
Neighborhood: North Shore
District: 31
Grade range: PK-5
Parent Coordinator: EDWIN TORRES
Zoned
Wheelchair Accessible

What's special:

Nationally recognized environmental science program

The downside:

Poor attendance

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

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)

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 658

Average Daily Attendance 90%

Students at this school

Asian

  
4%

Black

  
53%

Hispanic

  
35%

White

  
8%

Free Lunch

  
100%

Special ed

  
30%

English Language Learners

  
9%

Safety & vibe

ARE KIDS
NICE?

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 class

25 23 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average fifth grade class

33 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

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

35% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

76% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

80% 88% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

84% 91% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

12% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

20% 29% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

74% 86% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Parents

Are parents involved?

How many parents responded to the school survey?

53% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

69% 72% 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?

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?

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

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

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?

98% 98% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

84% 89% 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?

90% 89% 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:

3% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

79% 90% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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