P.S. 290 Juan Morel Campos
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P.S. 290 Juan Morel Campos
Since joining the school in fall 2003, Principal Willena George has overseen an overall rise in test scores at PS 290 (with a few dips) and she and her teachers have established a safe and orderly tone. School surveys show that 100 percent of teachers feel George is an effective manager. Even with setbacks—in 2013 test scores across the city plummeted when kids took harder tests—her staff has been able to recover and regroup.
Twenty-nine percent of the students were proficient (scoring a level 3 or 4, out of 4, on state tests) in 2013, but by 2014 that number had jumped ten percentage points. Twenty-five percent were proficient in reading in 2014, an improvement over the year before. While these scores are still average, the pattern since her arrival has shown that George and her staff know how to move the needle, even during periods of change.
Ballet Tech provides dance instruction and there is a visual arts teacher, but it seems like a drawback that a school named after Juan Morel Campos—an important Puerto Rican composer, who started studying music at the age of 8—does not have a full-time music teacher.
Space is also tight. A single, large room functions as the "gymnatorium," a gym, cafeteria and auditorium. Some physical education classes meet in classrooms, and a number of classes meet in two temporary buildings behind the school.
Special education: There are three self-contained special education classes and team-taught classes on every grade level.
Admissions: Neighborhood school. (Lydie Raschka, web reports and school data, September 2014)
At a glance
Number of Students 574
Average Daily Attendance 93%
Safety & vibe
How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?13% 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?93% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
ARE CLASSES BIG?
Number of students in an average kindergarten class22 23 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Number of students in an average fifth grade class19 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?100% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?79% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many students are chronically absent?25% 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?69% 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 offers self-contained classes.
Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:22% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:6% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
This school does not offer team teaching (ict).
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:NA 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:NA 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
This school offers SETSS.
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:0% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state 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?