P.S. 34 Oliver H. Perry

An Insideschools pick
131 NORMAN AVENUE
BROOKLYN NY 11222 Map
Phone: (718) 389-5842
Website: Click here
Admissions: neighborhood school
Principal: Carmen Asselta
Neighborhood: Williamsburg/ Greenpoint
District:14
Grade range: PK-5
Parent Coordinator: MAGDALENA MAZUREK NUOVO
Zoned
Dual Language

What's special:

Popular, high-performing neighborhood school

The downside:

Small space with few corridors and no gym or auditorium

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

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)

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 552

Average Daily Attendance 95%

Students at this school

Asian

  
4%

Black

  
4%

Hispanic

  
18%

White

  
75%

Free Lunch

  
100%

Special ed

  
11%

English Language Learners

  
13%

Safety & vibe

ARE KIDS
NICE?

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 class

24 23 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average fifth grade class

27 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

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

12% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

100% 85% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 88% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

56% 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

45% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

99% 87% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Parents

Are parents involved?

How many parents responded to the 2013 school survey?

87% 69% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

70% 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?

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?

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:

NA 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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?

76% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 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?

72% 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:

17% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

40% 29% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

97% 91% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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