P.S. 111 Adolph S. Ochs

440 WEST 53 STREET
MANHATTAN NY 10019 Map
Phone: (212) 582-7420
Website: Click here
Admissions: Neighborhood school
Principal: Edward Gilligan
Neighborhood: Hell's Kitchen
District: 2
Grade range: PK-5
Parent Coordinator: ZAIDA COSME
Number of full-day PK seats: 54
Extended PK hours offered: Contact program about extended hours.
Zoned
Gifted and Talented
Full Day
School-based pre-k

What's special:

Children speak 17 different languages

The downside:

School working to have kids speak in class more

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

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)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares a building with a Pre-K Center

Number of Students 393

Average Daily Attendance 93%

Students at this school

Asian

  
18%

Black

  
16%

Hispanic

  
50%

White

  
13%

Free Lunch

  
100%

Special ed

  
28%

English Language Learners

  
12%

Safety & vibe

ARE KIDS
NICE?

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?

79% 81% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average kindergarten class

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average fifth grade class

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

94% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

28% 23% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

36% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

39% 40% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Parents

Are parents involved?

How many parents responded to the school survey?

74% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA 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?

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?

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

0% 8% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

13% 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

7% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

42% 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

8% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

97% 93% 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?

87% 86% 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:

10% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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