PS/MS 83 Donald Hertz
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PS/MS 83 Donald Hertz
With students changing classes in nearly silent formation, classical music playing in the halls and art adorning walls throughout the school, PS/MS 83 is permeated by a calm, quiet atmosphere.
Situated in a quaint neighborhood peppered with small houses, the school has two buildings. Kindergarten through 4th grade students are housed in the "annex," which is actually a three-story brick building and was at capacity with more than 800 students in 2011. Upper grade students learn in the five-story middle school.
Classes tend to be large, ranging from 32 to 34 students in middle school. However, the school has a small-community feel. The halls are full of art and student projects, and many students move from one subject to another together, staying with the same class all day. Assistant principal Brandon Muccino, who has been at the school for more than a decade, seemed familiar with many students. As kids ran up and down the stairs and walked through the halls, he joked with some and issued friendly orders to others. [Muccino became principal in 2013.]
PS/MS 83 has a Regent's program in which middle schoolers can receive high school credit for classes such as earth science. There is also a middle-school guitar program, funded by VH1; a high-school prep course beginning in 7th grade; and clubs, including dance, drama and sports.
The school eliminated some of its programming for high achievers. Honors classes are available to eighth graders.
Both buildings have a cafeteria and gym, and the middle school has an auditorium, which got new seats in 2010. The school received a new playground in 2011, complete with basketball courts, play equipment and a track. Nearly all of the classrooms were equipped with Smart Boards, and every teacher had a laptop.
All the elementary classes were saw were chock full of books. Kindergarten rooms had play areas and communal rugs, although such things were absent in other elementary-level classes we viewed.
In 2011, the school had just five untenured teachers and Muccino said the majority had been in the system for more than 10 years. The staffers we met all seemed open, friendly and happy to be doing their jobs.
Each grade has about 200 students, and Muccino said in 2011, 13 students got into specialized high schools, with eight of those kids bound for the Bronx High School of Science. "A lot" of students enter parochial schools, and the rest tend toward small high schools, Muccino said.
Special education: The school offers separate classes for students with special needs, but there are also integrated classes in every grade. English language learners are also integrated into general education classrooms. Sometimes, students considered at risk work in groups of six in order to get up to speed before returning to their classrooms. Not all teachers are trained in special education, but there is professional development to help them learn more.
Admissions: The school accepts both zoned and out-of-zone students in elementary school. Most of the students who go to PS 83 enter the middle school. As a result, there is not much room for those who apply through the middle school choice process. (Nikki Dowling, November 2011; updated November 2014)
At a glance
Number of Students 1721
Average Daily Attendance 95%
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% 75% 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
Number of students in an average middle school english classNA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE
DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?75% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many students are chronically absent?13% 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?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:0% 6% 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:6% 14% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:7% 8% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:13% 15% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:1% 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?