P.S. 34 Oliver H. Perry
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P.S. 34 Oliver H. Perry
PS 34 is a close-knit neighborhood school with good attendance, high test scores and a new emphasis on science and math. The neighborhood has long been home to working class Polish and Spanish speaking immigrants. Increasingly, the neighborhood has gentrified, and PS 34 has successfully integrated the old-timers and newcomers, parents say.
Carmen Asselta, the former assistant principal of PS 94 in Sunset Park, was named principal in 2012, replacing Alicja Winnicki who became superintendent for District 14. Asselta has added more Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programming, as well as expanding the Young Environmentalists Club which was established by her predecessor, according to the Greenpoint Gazette. Children in the environmental club learns about composting and planting in the garden on school grounds.
“We need talented scientists and engineers that will help us figure out some of the toughest questions that we’re facing now,” Asselta told the Greenpoint Gazette.
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. Perhaps surprisingly, the arrangement works: classes are orderly and teachers keep kids focused despite the distraction of, say, a xylophone playing in the next room.
The school has long had the enthusiastic support of both parents and teachers, according to the Learning Environment Survey. Test scores are high. The teachers balance traditional and progressive methods, encouraging children to read for pleasure and emphasizing writing while also giving kids phonics workbooks.
Special education: The school offers SETSS (special education teacher support services) and team-teaching classes, where two teachers work with both special and general education students.
Admissions: Neighborhood school. The school often has room for children from outside the zone. (Clara Hemphill, web reports, statistics, February 2013, updated dual language information, June 2013)
At a glance
Number of Students 552
Average Daily Attendance 95%
Safety & vibe
How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?4% 15% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?89% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
ARE CLASSES BIG?
Number of students in an average kindergarten class24 23 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Number of students in an average fifth grade class27 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?65% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?100% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many students are chronically absent?12% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam
Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ela exam
Percent of 4th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 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 2012-2013 school year?79% 74% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Do parents like the school?
How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?99% 94% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Special ed & ELL
How well does this school serve students with disabilities?
As of 2012-2013, this school does not offer self-contained classes.
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
As of 2012-2013, this school does not offer team teaching (ict).
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:NA 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:NA 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
As of 2012-2013, this school offers SETSS.
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:10% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 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?