P.S. 111 Adolph S. Ochs
MANHATTAN NY 10019 Map
P.S. 111 Adolph S. Ochs
New luxury apartments are springing up all around, but PS 111 still serves a mostly poor population, including many new immigrants from Spanish-speaking countries and a few Arab-speakers from Yemen. While middle class children who live in the zone may opt for private schools or better-known public schools (especially in the upper grades), children from as far as the Bronx transfer into PS 111 under the provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act.
PS 111 has small classes, a nice music program and extensive special education services (including a room set aside for physical and occupational therapy). In 2013, the school opened a Spanish dual-language program. Classrooms are clean and well-supplied. Parents seem to be involved. Principal Irma Medina, who speaks Spanish, greeted many by name the day of our visit, when parents organized a holiday gift sale.
Teachers give plenty of individual attention and we heard no raised voices the day of our visit. Kids say they feel safe, and the school seemed orderly. However, a few children were serving in-house suspensions in a special room set aside for that purpose.
PS 111 has a very high suspension rate —there were more than 100 suspensions in 2011. Only one-third of teachers responding to the Learning Environment Survey agreed that order and discipline are maintained at the school. Medina acknowledges the difficulties. "Our kids sometimes have challenging behavior," she said. The school has a dean and a full-time social worker to help, she said.
While test scores are below average for the city, PS 111 tries to provide challenges to strong students. The school offers free test-prep to 7th and 8th graders for the Specialized High School Admissions Test, and a handful of graduates pass each year. Other popular choices are the High School of Environmental Studies and Food and Finance High School.
More than 100 students are learning English as a Second Language. We saw some lively ESL classes. Kids played the card game UNO or the dice game Yatzee with their teachers, or learned English words by listening to them aloud on an iPad, then touching a corresponding picture on the screen.
Special education: More than 150 students receive special education services. There are self-contained classes, collaborative team teaching classes with two teachers, and Special Education Teacher Support Services, as well as speech, occupational and physical therapy. Special education teachers seemed attentive and the students were engaged.
Admissions: Neighborhood school. There is a long waiting list for the full-day pre-kindergarten program. For other grades, there is sometimes room for children from outside the zone. (Clara Hemphill, December 2011, updated dual language program, June 2013)
At a glance
Number of Students 533
Average Daily Attendance 92%
Safety & vibe
How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?45% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?65% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
ARE CLASSES BIG?
Number of students in an average kindergarten class18 23 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Number of students in an average fifth grade class22 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Number of students in an average middle school english class27 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?68% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?63% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many students are chronically absent?25% 23% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of students in grades 3-8 who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam
Percent of students in grades 3-8 who scored 3 or 4 on the state ela exam
Percent of 4th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state science exam
Percent of 8th 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?70% 71% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Do parents like the school?
How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?89% 93% 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:0% 3% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:0% 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
This school offers team teaching (ict).
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:14% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:0% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
This school offers SETSS.
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:29% 14% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:18% 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?