P.S. 130 The Parkside
BROOKLYN NY 11218 Map
P.S. 130 The Parkside
At PS 130 the Parkside School, located in a handsome historic building just off of busy Fort Hamilton Parkway, all students get a well-rounded education that includes a healthy dose of visual arts, music and puppetry, along with academics.
The arts are "non-negotiable for developing the whole child," says the school's longtime principal, Maria Nunziata. Children learn visual arts and writing skills in a puppetry program, creating puppets and writing the scripts for puppet shows. Students in pre-k through 3rd grade begin by creating shadow puppets, and by the time they leave the school, they will have made life-size puppets for schoolyard performances.
The upper grades have art class in a studio in the cafeteria and are encouraged to use their imagination and creativity rather than just doing cookie-cutter or representational art. PS 130 participates in the annual P. S. Art competition, and had two finalists in 2008 and 2011.
Under the tutelage of a music teacher and a visiting concert pianist, all students learn how to play the keyboard and study the lives of composers. Grades 3 through 5 learn how to play recorders. PS 130's best musicians are invited yearly to play with the Carnegie Hall orchestra. Children also learn to play chess. When we visited, a 2nd grade class was eagerly setting up chess boards after completing a lesson on strategies for how to capture the queen. The children had proposed all the strategies.
Math is taught using Math Think, a program that focuses on teaching students how to be problem solvers by applying a variety of math strategies. The annual science fair had 120 participants in 2011. In the well-equipped science lab, students were watching and caring for small animals. A fifth grade class of special needs students was excited after finding a new litter of gerbils. Duck eggs were waiting to hatch in an incubator. A specialized social studies teacher brings fun activities into classrooms.
PS 130 is proud of its socio-emotional learning program developed with the Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility. The program helps children learn empathy and how to express their feelings. As early as kindergarten, volunteers become "peacekeepers" to help classmates in need. Peacekeepers advance to become mediators in the 3rd grade, when they begin to work with their peers to help them get along better. Two mediators we spoke to had just finished helping a parent understand how to fill in a school survey.
The clean and well-kept building dates from 1903 and has a few shortcomings. There is no gym, or physical education teacher, so teachers get trained to lead activities in the cafeteria, classroom and in the outdoor playground. There is a 25 minute recess period daily.
Parents volunteer in the office and cafeteria after being certified by taking a two-day course with the non-profit Learning Leaders. PS 130's active PTA participates in school yard repairs and brings in community partners to boost the school's physical education offerings.
Special education: The school offers occupational and speech therapy and a resource room is staffed by a psychologist and a social worker. The only self-contained class graduates in 2012. There is at least one Integrated Co-Teaching class on every grade level, with two teachers, one certified in special education. More will open in the lower grades, the principal said. In all classrooms we visited, special needs students were fully engaged in the same activities as their peers.
English Language Learners: Some 10 percent of the students are English Language Learners, representing 28 different languages.
After school: In a partnership with University Settlement, 130 students receive after school instruction. The school offers homework help, science, art, karate, and cooking clubs and tap dancing for 4th graders. There are weekend chess tournaments. The PTA sponsors a fee-based after school club with art, music, and drama.
At a glance
Number of Students 698
Average Daily Attendance 95%
Safety & vibe
How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?10% 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?68% 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?81% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?87% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many students are chronically absent?13% 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?76% 75% 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?
This school does not offer self-contained classes.
Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:NA 5% 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:43% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:7% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
This school offers SETSS.
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:20% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:8% 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?