The East Village Community School

An Insideschools pick
610 EAST 12 STREET
MANHATTAN NY 10009 Map
Phone: (212) 982-0682
Website: Click here
Admissions: District 1 priority
Principal: Bradley Goodman
Neighborhood: East Village
District: 1
Grade range: PK-5
Parent Coordinator: Jamie Mowrey
Unzoned

What's special:

Small, progressive school; extra recess and plenty of field trips

The downside:

Limited, tight shared space

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Families living in the heart of the artsy East Village are attracted to The East Village Community School for its small size, progressive curriculum that emphasizes hands-on learning, and extra recess to ensure children learn valuable social skills. The school draws a mix of children from different ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Playtime is important at East Village Community. Children have 40 minutes of supervised playtime before school starts, as well as time after lunch.

In the classroom, teachers use dramatic play to help children make sense of their world. Pre-k children make written “play plans” with their teachers before engaging in imaginary scenarios, like a trip to the farmers market to buy cheese.

Students go on plenty of field trips, from walks around the neighborhood to overnight camping trips to New Jersey. Fourth graders travel to the East River to help repopulate oyster beds in partnership with the green energy and arts organization SolarOne. Teachers and parents also build social awareness within the school with “meatless Mondays” in the cafeteria, where all meals are served on biodegradable trays.

The school has a casual atmosphere: teachers go by their first names and kids may pull out snacks during a math lesson if they’re hungry. But students’ freedom does not lead to chaos; the school is well organized. Classrooms are tidy and all items, from books to blocks, have clearly defined homes in color-coded bins and brightly labeled shelves. Teachers create lists and guides for their classrooms explaining the day’s structure, how to choose a book during free time, what to do if the book is too hard, and so on.

The school’s organized structure and strong culture under the leadership of longtime Principal Robin Williams may be the reason EVCS appeals to District 1 parents who want a progressive education that also delivers better-than-average test scores. One dad said he chose the school because it outperforms other progressive schools in the district on standardized tests and still offers freedom and creativity. But, you won’t find test prep in the classrooms. “We don’t fixate and obsess over the tests,” says Williams. [Former assistant principal Bradley Goodman became principal in August 2014. He has been with the school for six years.]

In class, students gather around the teachers on colorful rugs for a lesson or break into small groups and work individually. No one is disparaged for working slowly, and teachers adapt lessons for children’s different abilities. Book reports displayed in the second grade classroom showed diverse reading ability: some students were reading Nancy Drew and others read less complex books like Henry and Mudge.

A math coach visits the school often and participates in math classes then works with teachers to improve their instruction. Kids are taught to understand the reasoning behind math problems, and there is a balance between conceptual learning and memorization of multiplication tables.

Teachers mostly create their own material instead of working out of textbooks. But, there is standardization across the grades kids so children learn similar lessons even though they have different teachers.

The school shares its colorful building with a District 75 school for disabled children and the Children’s Workshop School another small, progressive elementary school. The schools share an auditorium (which was under construction at the time of our visit), a bright and colorful library, a gym and outdoor play spaces. Like most of the surrounding neighborhood, space is at a premium. Another downside: the building has five floors and no elevator.

Special education: One in five students has an IEP (Individualized Education Plan). One class in each grade has two teachers, one of whom is certified in special education.

Admission: Priority to District 1. Families should contact the school for a tour prior to filling out the application. The school occasionally has seats for out-of-district children, but Williams said most students live in District 1. (Anna Schneider, October 2013)

 

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with the Children's Workshop School

Number of Students 276

Average Daily Attendance 94%

Students at this school

Asian

  
8%

Black

  
12%

Hispanic

  
24%

White

  
49%

Free Lunch

  
30%

Special ed

  
28%

English Language Learners

  
1%

Safety & vibe

ARE KIDS
NICE?

How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?

24% 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

88% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average kindergarten class

22 23 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average fifth grade class

23 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

100% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

81% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

14% 23% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

88% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

76% 88% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

82% 91% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

65% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

48% 29% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

81% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Parents

Are parents involved?

How many parents responded to the school survey?

61% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

82% 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?

97% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Do parents like the school?

How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?

99% 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:

13% 7% 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:

35% 18% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

22% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 16% 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?

99% 98% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

94% 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?

79% 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:

NA 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?

94% 90% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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