PS 343 The Peck Slip School
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PS 343 The Peck Slip School
Run by an experienced principal, the new Peck Slip School is meant to alleviate overcrowding in schools downtown, where new construction has outpaced school expansion. The school will be housed in the Department of Education headquarters at the former Tweed Courthouse until 2015, when it will move into a remodeled space in the old Peck Slip post office building, according to DNAinfo.
Founding principal Maggie Siena comes to Peck Slip School after six years at the helm of the popular progressive elementary school PS 150 in Tribeca.
Being in Tweed for the next three years means no cafeteria, no auditorium and no gym. But, Siena told DNAinfo, lack of traditional facilities doesn't worry her--PS 150 has similar limitations. There, Siena found creative solutions to make the most of the small space, with students serving each other family style meals in their classrooms for lunch, taking lots of field trips, and allowing areas like the art room to double as a parent meeting space. Besides, Siena, a former teacher, has experience working within space constraints at Tweed: she co-founded the (now-defunct) City Hall Academy there in 2003.
Siena told DNAinfo she expects the school's educational philosophy to be similar to other downtown schools, like PS 234. "There will be the same emphasis on inquiry, critical thinking [and] social and emotional learning," Siena told the local news website, and the school will focus on sustainability.
The new Peck Slip School opened with two kindergarten classes and will add a grade a year until it expands into a K-5 with over 700 students, according to DNAinfo. The local Community Education Council carved out a new zone for the school, according to DNAinfo, and has twice added more seats to alleviate overcrowding. Even so, DNAinfo reported a waitlist months before the school opened its doors.
(Photo of tweed courthouse by Joseph A/Flickr)
At a glance
Number of Students 123
Average Daily Attendance 94%
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?98% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Do parents like the school?
How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?98% 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?