PS 527 - East Side School for Social Action
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PS 527 - East Side School for Social Action
A new school on the Upper East Side, PS 527 East Side School for Social Action, will live up to its name with schoolwide annual community projects, according to the school's website. Founding Principal Daniel McCormick told DNAinfo that the school will focus on global studies and, starting in kindergarten, everyone will learn a second language--Spanish. Students will also have weekly in-class chess lessons and art and music instruction, according to the school's site, and will be able to take advantage of the school's proximity to museum mile with lots of field trips.
McCormick comes to PS 527 after nearly a decade at the popular East Harlem school, Talented and Gifted School for Young Scholars (a citywide G & T school), where he started as a 5th grade teacher and then worked as assistant principal for five years.
The school's website says children will only have physical education classes once a week. But, the website says, every day will start with physical activity in the classroom. There is recess every day, but twice a week recessl includes structured playtime for exercise.
The school opened in 2012 with about 50 kindergartners in two classes and will grow into a K-5, adding a grade each year.
PS 527 is a neighborhood school and expected to help ease the ever-growing demand for kindergarten seats in the area. The Education Department carved out a new zone for the elementary school, which includes families formerly assigned to PS 151 and PS 290, according to DNAinfo. Housed in the Our Lady of Good Counsel building, PS 527 shares the former Catholic school building with PS 51. The space arrangement is only temporary - PS 51 will move back to its Midtown home when nearby construction is complete. DNAinfo reports that DOE signed a lease for the building through 2027.
Special education: The school has a special education certified teacher, according to her bio on the PS 527 website.
Admissions: Neighborhood school. (By Anna Schneider, September 2012. Compiled from the school's website, DOE data and DNAinfo articles.)
At a glance
Number of Students 92
Average Daily Attendance 95%
Safety & vibe
How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?NA 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?100% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
ARE CLASSES BIG?
Number of students in an average kindergarten class21 23 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Number of students in an average fifth grade classNA 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?100% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many students are chronically absent?NA 23% 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?96% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Do parents like the school?
How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?100% 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 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:NA 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 18% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:NA 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
This school does not offer SETSS.
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:NA 16% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:NA 9% 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?