P.S. 183 Robert L. Stevenson

An Insideschools pick
419 EAST 66 STREET
MANHATTAN NY 10065 Map
Phone: (212) 734-7719
Website: Click here
Admissions: Neighborhood school
Principal: Tara Napoleoni
Neighborhood: Upper East Side
District:2
Grade range: K-5
Parent Coordinator: LUANN PROPPER
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What's special:

Strong, creative work in all grades; proximity to world-class research institutions enriches the school.

The downside:

Some parents are not happy with pace of math and science instruction.

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

PS 183 is a vibrant place with hyper-involved parents, a committed staff and arts-infused academics. Its young leader, Tara Napoleoni, is intent on maintaining the school’s many strengths while prioritizing areas for growth, and its student body speaks more than 40 languages. One-third of the parents are medical professionals or research scientists affiliated with nearby New York Presbyterian Hospital, Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital and Rockefeller University.

Napoleoni became principal in 2010 after two years as assistant principal. She was a literacy staff developer at two schools in District 1 and taught for five years at PS 40 and three years at an international school in Japan.

Teachers attend weekly meetings and some meet voluntarily after school. They examine data and student work to create subgroups for instruction. “Beautiful teaching is only beautiful if it’s impacting student learning,” said Napoleoni. Teachers may opt to videotape themselves and then watch it together with the principal as part of their own assessment. Initiatives include efforts to reach high-end math students, to boost the reading skills of English language learners and to promote a community of care to improve manners and reduce exclusion. As part of this effort, the student council will launch monthly themes via skits.

Math and science have been a concern for some parents, although test scores are excellent. “Math does look simplistic,” Parent Coordinator LuAnn Propper said. “It’s games-based and hands-on—sometimes to the point where you think there has to be a quicker way.” But she feels that in learning multiple ways to solve problems, her child was well prepared for middle and high school. Math has moved “more to the center” with added drills and attention to speed. On our visit we saw 3rd graders jot multiples of three and five on long rolls of paper. Strong students who perform “near perfect on state math tests” can attend morning math sessions designed to “push them to the point of struggle,” according to Napoleoni. In a K–2 science class, kids determined how many newtons it took to drag a brick using a spring scale.

Kids moved smoothly from one activity to the next with little wasted time. Second graders worked out the meanings of words like “lurch,” “vivid” and “inexplicable” by reading all the nearby words on a page and looking at the pictures. As for technology, the school is proceeding cautiously. “There’s not a lot of research showing that SMARTboards improve instruction,” said Napoleoni. They own two of these interactive screens connected to a computer and two document cameras, which are overhead projectors that don’t require transparencies. Teachers have access to laptops for their students.

Interested and energetic parents are integral to both academic improvement and enrichment. Starting a parent science group to strengthen the home-school connection is being discussed. Parents raise money for dance, chess, assistant teachers, a playwriting program, two coaches to lead structured games at recess, and band instruments.

Special Education: In every grade there is a class in which special needs and general education children are placed in the same room with two teachers, one of whom is trained in special education. A consultant works with these teachers.

Admissions: Neighborhood school. In recent years, the school has not had room for all the students in the zone. Some kindergartners were assigned to East Side Elementary School, PS 267, because of overcrowding. (Lydie Raschka, February 2011)

 

 

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 606

Average Daily Attendance 95%

Students at this school

Asian

  
17%

Black

  
5%

Hispanic

  
9%

White

  
66%

Free Lunch

  
10%

Special ed

  
20%

English Language Learners

  
6%

Safety & vibe

ARE KIDS
NICE?

How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?

17% 15% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?

80% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average kindergarten class

23 23 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average fifth grade class

29 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

83% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

95% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

9% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

92% 85% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

94% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

94% 88% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam

71% 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ela exam

61% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 4th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 science exam

98% 87% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Parents

Are parents involved?

How many parents responded to the 2013 school survey?

61% 69% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many parents say they attended at least one pta meeting in the 2012-2013 school year?

78% 72% 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 2012-2013 school year?

91% 74% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Do parents like the school?

How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?

96% 94% 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 2013 math exam:

NA 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

NA 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:

28% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

18% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:

26% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

26% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

65% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

97% 91% 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?

88% 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

Percent of ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

14% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of former ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

67% 29% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

94% 91% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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