P.S. 34 Oliver H. Perry
BROOKLYN NY 11222 Map
P.S. 34 Oliver H. Perry
Extended PK hours offered: Please contact site for more information
PS 34 is a close-knit neighborhood school with good attendance, high test scores and a warm sense of community. The neighborhood has long been home to working-class Polish and Spanish speaking immigrants. Increasingly, Greenpoint has gentrified, and PS 34 has successfully integrated the old-timers and newcomers, parents say. In 2015, PS 34 became the first school in New York City to offer a Polish-English dual language program.
Patriotism is prized: Children begin the day with the Pledge of Allegiance. The whole school celebrates Flag Day in June with dances, songs and readings with members of the community. Children also mark Veterans Day in November, inviting veterans to speak.
"We still have a traditional heart," says Carmen Asselta, principal since 2012. "This is a true community school. No child is lost. We make every effort to welcome our parents."
One of the oldest schools in Brooklyn, PS 34 was used as a hospital in the Civil War and the former wards were divided into classrooms. As a result, there are few hallways in the building—one must walk through one classroom to get to another, ducking under student artwork hanging from clotheslines in the makeshift corridors. Surprisingly, the arrangement works: Classes are orderly and teachers keep kids focused despite the distractions.
The school has long had the enthusiastic support of parents, according to the annual survey. "The principal knows every child by name," said a parent volunteer in the lunchroom the day of our visit. "I feel like I just walked into a family."
Reading instruction begins with the highly structured Core Knowledge approach, which emphasizes instruction in phonics, vocabulary drills, and units on history and science. For example, 2nd graders study Greek mythology, Westward Expansion and the human body. Starting in 3rd grade, children use the Expeditionary Learning reading curriculum, which emphasizes interdisciplinary projects. PS 34 has adopted GoMath, which balances quick recall of facts and conceptual understanding. Every grade has STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) enrichment classes.
SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school offers SETSS (special education teacher support services) and ICT team-teaching classes, where two teachers work with both special and general education students.
ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school. There are monthly tours for prospective parents and the parent coordinator will schedule tours on request. The school occasionally has room for children from outside the zone. (Clara Hemphill, May 2015; updated August 2016)
At a glance
Number of Students 481
Average Daily Attendance 94%
Safety & vibe
How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?4% 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?94% 86% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
ARE CLASSES BIG?
Number of students in an average kindergarten class19 23 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Number of students in an average fifth grade class24 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?75% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?90% 87% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many students are chronically absent?15% 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?77% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Do parents like the school?
How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?98% 94% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Special ed & ELL
How well does this school serve students with disabilities?
This school does not offer self-contained classes.
Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:NA 8% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:NA 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
This school offers team teaching (ict).
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:22% 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:22% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:18% 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:9% 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?