Goldie Maple Academy
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Goldie Maple Academy
Extended PK hours offered: Contact program about extended hours.
At Goldie Maple Academy (GMA) students have a longer school day and, starting in pre-k, change classes for select subjects. The school is a model site for Core Knowledge instruction and hosts visitors from schools across the state. Based on the work of Dr. E.D. Hirsch, author of Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know, Core Knowledge is designed to expose students to a broad range of historical, scientific and cultural topics from an early age. For instance, all students, including pre-k, study Shakespeare with teachers using age-appropriate adaptations for the young grades.
Students tackle sophisticated work early on. In the younger grades they learn world geography, and can explain literary devices such as personification; we saw lengthy written explanations of math problems by 2nd-graders, and 5th-graders researching the Renaissance in the computer lab. By 8th grade, students read challenging literature such as Inherit the Wind and The Good Earth and some take high school level courses in algebra and living environment.
During our visit we saw a mix of teaching styles. In the elementary school grades, children sit in groups, working independently or together on a task and gather on the rug for class-wide lessons. In the upper grades, instruction is more traditional with students sitting in rows and the teacher talking at the head of the classroom.
Phonics and grammar are incorporated into English instruction. Students learn cursive writing early on; we observed that most students wrote in cursive starting in the 4th grade.
Spanish is taught in grades k to 8. Students also learn American Sign Language, which is taught in music classes.
In September 2015, GMA departmentalized instruction in all grades, meaning that students travel to different classrooms for different subjects—essentially a modified middle school format. The idea is that students learn better when taught by a teacher who spends most or all of her day focusing on one subject. In the elementary school, students typically have one teacher for English and social studies and another for math and science, though it can vary a bit by grade. In prior years, departmentalized learning started in 2nd grade.
Since we visited GMA during its first year under the new structure it was unclear whether school-wide departmentalization offered any benefit in the younger grades, especially pre-k and k when children need ample time for learning through play. Longtime principal Angela Logan-Smith said that GMA could not offer extended school days unless all grades followed the same scheduling format.
Students attend school from 8 am to 4:35 pm, Monday to Fridays and classes run 53 minutes, longer than the typical school period. To accommodate the extended schedule, teachers work longer days, but only come in four days each week. The combination of longer days and staggered work schedules allows the school to offer academic support classes, art, music and dance to all students.
Attendance is excellent and to ensure kids show up every day wearing their school uniform, GMA purchased a washer and dryer to provide clean uniforms for students who are unable to wash them elsewhere.
GMA is located amid a number of large housing projects and low-rise apartment complexes. It’s housed in the former JHS 198 building, which was closed due to poor performance.
Most students stay at GMA through 8th grade, though some leave after 5th grade to attend a selective program such as Scholars’ Academy. After graduation, most students attend nearby high schools such as Rockaway Collegiate and Scholars’ Academy, but some take on a longer commute to attend a specialized high school or a themed one such as Transit Tech.
SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school serves a small population of students with special needs. In addition to SETSS, there are ICT and self-contained classes on select grades.
ADMISSIONS: The school is unzoned. For elementary school, top priority goes to District 27 residents with a sibling in the school. Typically, the school has spots for D 27 residents without a sibling in the school. For Grades 6–8, top priority goes to continuing 5th-graders, and then to District 27 students. The school also considers applicants’ attendance and academic record for admission to the middle school. Contact the school directly for more information. (Laura Zingmond, November 2015)
At a glance
Number of Students 524
Average Daily Attendance 96%
Safety & vibe
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?41% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
ARE CLASSES BIG?
Number of students in an average kindergarten classNA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Number of students in an average fifth grade classNA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Number of students in an average middle school english classNA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE
DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?33% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many students are chronically absent?11% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of students in grades 3-8 who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam
Percent of students in grades 3-8 who scored 3 or 4 on the state ela exam
Percent of 4th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state science exam
Percent of 8th 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?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?
This school offers self-contained classes.
Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:NA 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:NA 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
This school offers team teaching (ict).
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:NA 14% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:NA 8% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:0% 15% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:13% 9% 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?