P.S. 89 Bronx
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P.S. 89 Bronx
PS 89 is a nicely diverse K-8 school serving students from as far away as Yemen, Croatia and Kosovo who arrive year-round.
The school is housed in a century-old brick building with a renovated library and science lab. Class size is large with up to 33 kids per room. Attendance has inched up under the leadership of Ralph Martinez who replaced Ronald Rivera in 2010, and the atmosphere has improved, but test scores have a ways to go.
Martinez spruced up the physical space with paint, spent money on laptops and Smartboards, and brought order to the middle school, according to an article in the New York Post. Martinez also encourages more discussion and hands-on work in classes.
“He’s trying very hard, and everybody’s working with him,” teacher Maria Castillo, a 13-year veteran of PS 89, told the Post. “It’s a different environment.”
The Post reporter said the school was clean and bright, with neat displays of student writing and artwork covering the walls. Middle-schoolers switched classes quickly, clearing the halls.
“It’s the best I’ve seen it in nine years,” a safety agent said.
Despite the improvements, some teachers and middle school students complain of occasional fights and bullying, according to the Learning Environment Survey.
In order to break the older kids into more manageable groups, Martinez launched two middle-school "academies." Students choose either Arts and Humanities or S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, math). As an iZone school, teachers get extra support in learning to teach with technology. [photo at right from the school's website]
Special Education: The school has SETSS (special education teacher support services), self-contained classes for student with special needs only and Integrated co-Teaching (ICT) classes, where two teachers work with a group of special and general education students.
ESL: The school provides classes for English Language Learners as well as individual and small group support.
Admissions: Neighborhood school (Lydie Raschka, web reports and DOE data, October 2013)
At a glance
Number of Students 1416
Average Daily Attendance 93%
Safety & vibe
How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?32% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?77% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
ARE CLASSES BIG?
Number of students in an average kindergarten class24 23 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Number of students in an average fifth grade class28 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Number of students in an average middle school english class32 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?73% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?65% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many students are chronically absent?22% 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?67% 71% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Do parents like the school?
How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?85% 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:7% 3% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:1% 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
This school offers team teaching (ict).
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:10% 8% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:5% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
This school offers SETSS.
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:4% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:6% 6% 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?