P.S. 335 Granville T. Woods
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P.S. 335 Granville T. Woods
PS 335 has a nurturing atmosphere, stable leadership and teachers who work together as a team. Parents say they feel welcome and teachers say the principal is supportive and effective.
The school's test scores are well above the citywide average, a remarkable achievement considering that nearly all children are poor enough to qualify for free lunch.
The building is nothing special, but the tone is pleasant. The library is bright and spacious and every room has computers. Children walk two-by-two in orderly lines from their classes to the lunchroom. The school shares a building with a middle school, MS 584.
Laverne C. Nimmons,who has been principal since 2003, offers students an intense level of support, both for academics and for any social or emotional issues they may be facing. The school has three guidance counselors, a psychologist and a social worker. Teachers offer a positive approach to discipline: if a child misbehaves, teachers explain why he or she has done something wrong, but don't dwell on the problem.
Staff attribute their success to their approach to teaching, which involves very precise diagnoses of what a child doesn't understand, followed by help in a very small group of other children. Attendance is poor but improving: about one third of the students typically miss more than a month of school.
A downside: Staff say the neighborhood can be dangerous, and that parents insist their children go straight home from school and stay inside, rather than risk playing outside.
Special education: The school offers a range of services, including collaborative team teaching and self-contained classes.
Admissions: neighborhood school. (Clara Hemphill, interviews, January, 2012)
At a glance
Number of Students 375
Average Daily Attendance 90%
Safety & vibe
How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?18% 15% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?88% 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 class20 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?79% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?81% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many students are chronically absent?46% 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?59% 74% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Do parents like the school?
How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?82% 94% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Special ed & ELL
How well does this school serve students with disabilities?
As of 2012-2013, this school offers self-contained classes.
Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:0% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
As of 2012-2013, this school offers team teaching (ict).
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:8% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:0% 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:0% 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?