P.S. 3 Charrette School
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P.S. 3 Charrette School
PS 3 strives to find a balance between the rich arts and community focus of the school’s founders and the common core academics that students need as they advance into middle and high school. The Greenwich Village school fosters a friendly and informal atmosphere where administrators and students are on a first name basis—students greeted the principal with “Hello Lisa” – and students may skip through the hallways.
Unlike most other city schools, PS 3 still offers “bridge” classes combining two grades : kindergarten/1st; 2nd/3rd, and 4th/5th. Class size is large with as many as 29 students in some classrooms. Parents of PK-1st grade students may bring their children right to the classrooms and all parents are welcome in the school. Many say they moved to the neighborhood for the school.
We saw a room full of parents toting video cameras watching 2nd-graders present “Fractured Fairytales” at a publishing party. Fifth-graders hosted an international festival, presenting fun facts about their country of study, and offering delicious samples of national cuisines. Another 2/3 class performed a play in the renovated auditorium. Not every day is so active, but nor was this that unusual, according to Principal Lisa Siegman.
PS 3 uses a combination of curriculums. TERC Investigations is one of several models used for math and teachers add lessons about telling time and fractions to make it relevant to real life. In one 2/3 class, the students were learning about Vikings and built an impressive Viking house in the classroom. Every student also has a daily "special" period allowing time for art, music, computers, library, movement or games.
A wellness group comprised of parents, teachers and students promotes healthy living. A former parent works with the kitchen staff to prepare healthier food. One program, “meatless Mondays,” features meat-free school lunch. A partnership with the French Culinary Institute has been in place for several years in which PS 3 parents, who are also chefs, teach students about food and cooking in a fully equipped "Cooking Room." “It’s not just cooking but a brilliant format to learn math and social skills,” says the principal. Students grow herbs and vegetables at a garden plot in Battery Park City Park, which are regularly incorporated into the cafeteria fare. Fifth-graders can go out to lunch with parental permission and about 75 percent go out on an average day.
Although the school has no formal gymnasium, physical activity is important, the mother of a 2nd-grader tells us. A program called "K Club" allows for an extra 45 minutes in addition to recess in which kindergartners can run around and play.
Students meet and read books together with an adult volunteer once a week as part of a “power lunch” program. PS 3 has a partnership with Story Pirates, professional actors who help students write and perform plays. There are also Brownie and Daisy troupes. The Parent Teacher Association sponsors Artist in Residence and Science in Residence grants for interested teachers to receive extra help and funding to be more creative in the classroom. In 2013, an additional science teacher was added for the 4th and 5th grades, funded entirely by the PTA.
The school has several student events throughout the year including Earth Day; a danceathon where students raise money for Safe Passage, a sister school in Guatemala; field day; and an annual talent show. There is an independent afterschool program that offers fencing, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese culture and crafts, French, archery and gymnastics for a fee.
Special education: There are two self-contained classes and six Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT) classes.
Admissions: PS 3 has long shared a zone with PS 41, with parents applying to the school of their choice in the spring. However, because of severe overcrowding at PS 41, in January 2013 the District 2 Community Education Council voted to establish a separate zone for each school which will begin with admission for the 2014 school year. This school is featured in New York City's Best Public Elementary Schools. (Aryn Bloodworth, April 2011; updated zone information January 2013.)
At a glance
Number of Students 808
Average Daily Attendance 94%
Safety & vibe
How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?2% 15% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?98% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
ARE CLASSES BIG?
Number of students in an average kindergarten class25 23 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Number of students in an average fifth grade class31 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?89% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?100% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many students are chronically absent?18% 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?91% 74% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Do parents like the school?
How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?98% 94% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Special ed & ELL
How well does this school serve students with disabilities?
As of 2012-2013, this school offers self-contained classes.
Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:0% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
As of 2012-2013, this school offers team teaching (ict).
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:63% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:50% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
As of 2012-2013, this school offers SETSS.
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:23% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:23% 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?