P.S. 35 Franz Siegel
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P.S. 35 Franz Siegel
A few blocks from Yankee Stadium, PS 35 is a neighborhood elementary school with stable leadership, experienced teachers, and engaged students. The instructional style is on the traditional side, with a strong focus on reading, writing, and math. Although it is located in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the city, PS 35 provides high quality instruction and a welcoming learning environment for its students.
The school has an academic tone, with departmentalized classes in grades 3-5, meaning that students take math and science with one teacher and ELA and social studies with another. This approach allows teachers to specialize in the subjects that they teach. It also eases the transition to middle school for the students, according to Principal Graciela Navarro, who has led the school since 2000. Students in 4th and 5th grade have “majors” too. At the beginning of the year, they may choose to study music, dance, robotics, or technology for one double period each week.
“We’re very big on writing here,” said Navarro. Students do lots of writing in every subject. Student work displayed throughout the school ranges from book reports about E. B. White’s Stuart Little to explanations of an experiment about swinging pendulums. In a 5th grade English Language Arts class we visited, students worked on short essays independently, some on laptops and some with pen and paper, referencing thesauruses and dictionaries as they worked.
PS 35 also has a strong focus on math. The school works with two math education consultants, who work with students and also provide professional development for teachers. Teachers use a mix of workbooks and more conceptual word problems in their classes. In a 3rd grade math class, students worked in small groups, some creating their own problem and solving it and others working on problems from the workbook.
The school’s science teacher leads interesting classes for all grades. His classroom is packed with interesting objects for students to study, from plants to bark to seashells. In science class students do fun projects, like making balloon rockets to learn about how air is compressed inside of a balloon and how air pressure can power a rocket.
The school struggles with overcrowding. Space in classrooms is tight, and the library might be used for classes in English as a Second Language (ESL), special education services, and teacher meetings all at the same time.
Students may participate in a variety of afterschool clubs, including step team, art, and technology club. Students in grades 2 through 5 may participate in chorus. There is also a Saturday Academy for students needing extra help with their schoolwork. Students continue on to a variety of middle schools, including Mott Hall III, Bronx School for Law, Government and Justice, The Urban Assembly School for Applied Math and Science, and JHS 22.
English language learners: There are no self-contained classes for English language learners. Students who are learning English receive support from the school’s ESL teacher, who works with them in and out of their regular classes.
Special education: In kindergarten, 2nd, and 3rd grades there are team-taught classes (with two teachers) where students with special needs are taught alongside their non-disabled peers. There are also five self-contained classes where about 12 students with special needs are taught by one teacher.
Admissions: Zoned neighborhood school. (Pauline Zaldonis, November 2013)
At a glance
Number of Students 696
Average Daily Attendance 93%
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?82% 81% 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
DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?86% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many students are chronically absent?23% 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?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:2% 8% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
This school offers team teaching (ict).
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:11% 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:5% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:9% 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:4% 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?