PS 527 - East Side School for Social Action

323 EAST 91 STREET
MANHATTAN NY 10128 Map
Phone: (212) 828-2710
Website: Click here
Admissions: Neighborhood school
Principal: Daniel Mccormick
Neighborhood: Upper East Side
District: 2
Grade range: K-2
Zoned
New School

What's special:

New school with experienced leader

The downside:

Children only have gym class once a week

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

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.)

 

 

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 92

Average Daily Attendance 95%

Students at this school

Asian

  
20%

Black

  
2%

Hispanic

  
12%

White

  
60%

Free Lunch

  
19%

Special ed

  
27%

English Language Learners

  
1%

Safety & vibe

ARE KIDS
NICE?

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 class

21 23 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average fifth grade class

NA 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

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

NA 23% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

100% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 88% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 91% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 29% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Parents

Are parents involved?

How many parents responded to the school survey?

91% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

78% 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 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?

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

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

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?

100% 98% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 89% 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?

100% 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

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

NA 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

88% 90% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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