PS 330, which opened in September 2010, was established to help ease overcrowding and eliminate long kindergarten waitlists throughout District 24, one of the city's most overcrowded district.
Originally housed in PS 13's annex, PS 330 moved to its permanent home, a brand new building on Northern Boulevard between 112th and 111th Streets (pictured to the right, courtsey of DNAinfo), at the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year.
The school's founding principal, LaShawnna Harris, was an elementary school teacher at PS 6 in the Bronx and a math coach before receiving administrative training through New Leaders for New Schools, an independent, non-profit principals training program. For the 2009-2010 school year, Harris served as the assistant principal for the newly-created East New York Elementary School of Excellence.
Parents at PS 330 are satisfied with the education their children are receiving, and teachers report that discipline in the school has improved since its opening, with over 90 percent of teachers agreeing that order and discipline are maintained at the school—up from 50 percent the previous year—according to the 2011-2012 Learning Environment Survey. However, the survey also reflects some tension amongst teachers and administrators, with over a quarter of teachers reporting that they don't trust the principal at her word and with more than 60 percent of teachers reporting that teachers in the school don't trust one another.
Special education: The school has integrated co-teaching classes with a mix of general education and special needs students as well as self-contained classes for students with special needs.
English language learners: The majority of the school's English language learners receive language support from one of the school's ESL teachers. Some students participate in the transitional bilingual education class, where children start studying in Spanish and gradually move toward English-only classes.
Admissions: Neighborhood school. Priority goes to students with siblings at the school. (Pauline Zaldonis, August 2013).
At a glance
Number of Students 381
Average Daily Attendance 94%
Safety & vibe
How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?5% 15% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?95% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
ARE CLASSES BIG?
Number of students in an average kindergarten class23 23 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Number of students in an average fifth grade classNA 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?95% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?95% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many students are chronically absent?NA 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam
Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ela exam
Percent of 4th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 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 2012-2013 school year?71% 74% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Do parents like the school?
How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?97% 94% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Special ed & ELL
How well does this school serve students with disabilities?
As of 2012-2013, this school self-contained classes.
Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:NA 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:NA 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
As of 2012-2013, this school team teaching (ict).
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:NA 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:NA 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
As of 2012-2013, this school SETSS.
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:NA 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:NA 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?