P.S. 111 Adolph S. Ochs
MANHATTAN NY 10019 Map
P.S. 111 Adolph S. Ochs
Extended PK hours offered: No
As Hell’s Kitchen gentrifies, PS 111, long a school that served mostly poor and working class children, is beginning to attract middle class families—particularly to the gifted and talented program started in 2013. PS 111 serves children who live in luxury high rises as well as those who live in housing projects.
“We have one mom who is a surgeon and one who is a waitress at the local diner,” said Principal Ed Gilligan, who took over in 2015.
Some 17 languages are spoken here, including Spanish, Japanese, Arabic, Hebrew, Chinese, Urdu and French.
The school was calmer on our recent visit than it had been a few years before. The school once had a reputation for rowdiness, but the suspension rate has declined significantly. The middle school grades have been phased out, and now that the school only serves children in pre-k–5, it is more orderly. We heard no raised voices the day of our visit and teachers all had control of their classes.
The school has a beautiful playground, but the inside could use some sprucing up. A few of the classes seemed messy and disorganized, with piles of teachers’ papers, books and notebooks askew.
Gilligan, formerly assistant principal at PS 184 in Brooklyn, wants to strengthen the writing program and encourage more class discussions—with more active learning, and less passive listening to the teacher.
“We want to see children, even in pre-k and k, talking more,” Gilligan said.
There are three classes on each grade: one gifted, one general education, and one ICT (integrated co-teaching) class with two teachers and a mix of general education and special education students.
SPECIAL EDUCATION: There are ICT classes with two teachers, and SETSS.
ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school. The school has room to spare and the administration is working to increase enrollment. Pre-kindergarten classes were under-enrolled at the time of our visit. (Clara Hemphill, October 2015)
At a glance
Number of Students 465
Average Daily Attendance 93%
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?83% 84% 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 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?83% 85% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?80% 86% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many students are chronically absent?25% 22% 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% 4% 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:14% 12% 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?