P.S. 146 Edward Collins
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P.S. 146 Edward Collins
PS 146 is a calm neighborhood school in a large three-story building in a mixed commercial and residential area. Classrooms are cheerfully decorated, students seem well-behaved, and parents help out in the cafeteria and by the front desk, welcoming visitors. Students wear uniforms of white shirts and blue bottoms. There are three full-day pre-K classes.
The majority of the students at PS 146 come from low-income families and, according to Principal Janet Sanderson-Brown, many start school without the proper skills and foundation. Attendance is below average. Teachers and staff have their work cut out for them.
Visiting classrooms, we saw a wide range in reading, some students reading challenging books, others struggling with easy-to-read selections. Some classroom libraries seemed in need of more books, but every student we spoke with said they were reading a book that they had chosen. [In 2009, the school adopted a computer program called SuccessMaker to help boost children’s reading skills. See the YouTube video on this page.]
Students are rewarded with prizes when they meet goals set by their teacher. To keep kids focused, at least two adults, usually a teacher and a para-professional, are in the classroom during reading instruction.
Teachers work to ensure that their students pick up the necessary social and academic cues to enable them excel in school. For instance, in one classroom, students referred to a chart on how to have a discussion ("I agree with you because..."; "I disagree with you because..."; "In addition to what ___ said, I think..."; etc.); a science lesson on snails emphasized the difference between "What we already knew" and "What we learned": "We already knew that snails are soft and slimy, we learned that lines on a snail's shell indicates its age." In one 2nd grade class, a girl described the main character of book as "foolish." When asked to explain the meaning of the word, she struggled at first, but after some prompting by the teacher was able to identify foolish actions by the main character and arrive at a definition of the word.
In addition to core subjects, all students get instruction in art and gym. Music instruction is given to students in kindergarten through the 2nd grade. The music room was full of electronic keyboards. There is no formal technology instruction, but teachers use the computer room to support instruction, such as the special education class we observed playing educational games.
[Success Academy Charter School - Bronx 3 opened in 2013 to some controversy over sharing space.]
Special Education: The school offers Special Education Teacher Support Services (SETSS), self-contained classes for student with special needs only and Collaborative Team Taught (CTT) classes, where two teachers work with a group of special and general education students.
After School: The school offers test prep and academic support. The New York Junior Tennis League provides tennis instruction to select grades. For part of the school year, Saturday classes in music and drama are offered to students in grades 3 through 5. (Laura Zingmond, April 2008, updated with video and charter school info, September 2013)
At a glance
Number of Students 461
Average Daily Attendance 90%
Safety & vibe
How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?35% 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?62% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
ARE CLASSES BIG?
Number of students in an average kindergarten class26 23 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Number of students in an average fifth grade class26 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?69% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?65% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many students are chronically absent?35% 23% 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?63% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Do parents like the school?
How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?79% 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:17% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
This school does not offer team teaching (ict).
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:NA 18% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:NA 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
This school offers SETSS.
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:11% 16% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:0% 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?