P.S. 41 Greenwich Village

An Insideschools pick
An Insideschools pick for Special Education
116 WEST 11 STREET
MANHATTAN NY 10011 Map
Phone: (212) 675-2756
Website: Click here
Admissions: Neighborhood school
Principal: Kelly Shannon
Neighborhood: Chelsea/ Greenwich Village
District: 2
Grade range: PK-5
Parent Coordinator: Michele Farinet
Zoned

What's special:

Active parents and warm community in a well-run building in Greenwich Village

The downside:

A waitlist for entering kindergartners

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Located in the heart of Greenwich Village, PS 41 is one of the top schools in the city. Nationally recognized for its writing program, PS 41 also has a thoughtful curriculum for science and social studies, a cohesive and experienced staff and a principal who is responsive to both parents and teachers. PS 41 serves the children of artists, entertainers, New York University professors and other professionals who raise more than half a million dollars a year for the PTA. Unfortunately, the school’s popularity—combined with poor planning by the city—means there are long waiting lists for kindergarten. Some children who are zoned for the school have been turned away in recent years.

Families are active and welcome in the school. The day of our visit, kindergarten parents gathered for coffee in the cafeteria while Principal Kelly Shannon gave tips on how to best chaperone a class trip. Second graders showed off the homemade books they had written, while parents read them and posted thoughtful comments. In the library, teachers and administrators from other cities gathered for a workshop on how to teach writing using methods developed at PS 41 in collaboration with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project

The school combines a warm and relaxed tone with serious academics. Children may sprawl on the rug or in a bean bag chair to read a book. Some teachers are called by their first names. But the classes are focused and attentive and the work seems to be challenging. While a second grader might write about why he loves LEGOs or how she spends a family holiday, by 5th grade children analyze the U.S. Constitution or discuss current events. The social studies curriculum begins with a study of the school community, continues with a neighborhood study and ends with a study of the United States. Other units focus on China, or Mexico or restaurants.

The science rooms offer hands-on experiments. Children might learn about erosion by running water through boxes of sand, or learn how sound travels through water and air. The math curriculum, called TERC or Investigations, encourages children to find different ways to solve problems.

The lunchroom is calmer and less chaotic than a typical school cafeteria. The food is better, too. A chef from Gramercy Tavern comes (as part of the restaurant study) and shares recipes with the kitchen staff. The social studies curriculum informs the menu: blackberries when the kids are studying Native Americans, dumplings when they are studying China. Even the playground is pleasant: the school hires young people who are trained as summer day camp counselors to organize games during recess. The National Dance Institute offers dance lessons.

Special education: The staff takes pride in identifying learning issues early and providing extra support. The school has three speech therapists (whose work includes helping children with reading). It offers occupational therapy and collaborative team teaching. It does not offer self-contained classes and it no longer has a program for visually impaired children. From what we observed on our visit, special needs students are fully integrated without stigma.

Admissions: PS 41 long shared a zone with PS 3 and parents living in the zone could choose either school. However, as housing construction  outpaced new school construction in Greenwich Village, PS 41 experienced overcrowding and children in the zone were no longer guaranteed admission. In January 2013, the Community Education Council voted to establish separate zones for each school beginning in the 2014 school year. For students entering in 2013, a lottery is held in the spring; those who are not offered a seat may be assigned to PS 3 or PS 11 (both excellent schools), or may elect to stay on a waiting list. (Clara Hemphill, January 2012; upated new zoning rule January 2013)

InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 791

Average Daily Attendance 96%

Students at this school

Asian

  
10%

Black

  
2%

Hispanic

  
9%

White

  
71%

Free Lunch

  
5%

Special ed

  
17%

English Language Learners

  
2%

Safety & vibe

ARE KIDS
NICE?

How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?

5% 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average kindergarten class

25 23 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average fifth grade class

29 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

98% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

100% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

5% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

100% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

98% 88% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 91% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

81% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

72% 29% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 86% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Parents

Are parents involved?

How many parents responded to the school survey?

67% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

73% 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?

96% 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:

NA 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

NA 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

33% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

33% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

44% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

33% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many parents say students with disabilities are included in all activities?

96% 98% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 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?

90% 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:

17% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

67% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say this school ensures that ells receive the same curriculum as non-ells with appropriate suppports?

98% 90% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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