P.S. 92 Bronx
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P.S. 92 Bronx
PS 92 serves a poor student population, including many who live in massive housing projects made of gray poured concrete and about 100 from nearby homeless shelters. The inside of the school, while undistinguished, is bright and spacious and well-decorated with children’s art work. The main office is carpeted and there are three couches for parents and guests to wait.
The neighborhood is far from the nearest subway. There are few stores and many of the buildings are run down. There are hints of the difficulties children face in the titles of their essays posted on the walls, “When I went to the hospital,” “When my grandfather died,” and “Why I can’t play in the park.”
Principal Manuel Estrella, a graduate of the Leadership Academy (a fast-track training program for principals), says it’s difficult to recruit teachers because the neighborhood is isolated. Students are often absent, and Estrella, who became principal in 2009, is working hard to improve attendance by sending family workers to visit children’s homes. Test scores have been consistently low.
While parents are generally happy with the school, many teachers are dissatisfied. Only 42 percent of teachers say order and disciplined are maintained; half mistrust the principal; and 60 percent say he in an ineffective manager, according to the Learning Environment Survey.
Special education: More than 70 children are assigned to self-contained special education classes. The school also offers collaborative team teaching classes and special education teacher support services (SETSS).
Admissions: Neighborhood school. (Clara Hemphill, interviews, February 2012)
At a glance
Number of Students 506
Average Daily Attendance 90%
Safety & vibe
How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?17% 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?73% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
ARE CLASSES BIG?
Number of students in an average kindergarten class23 23 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Number of students in an average fifth grade class31 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?90% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?90% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many students are chronically absent?44% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam
Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state ela exam
Percent of 4th 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?72% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Do parents like the school?
How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?91% 94% 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:3% 5% 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:0% 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:0% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:0% 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?