PS 343 The Peck Slip School

52 CHAMBERS STREET
MANHATTAN NY 10007 Map
Phone: (212) 346-5210
Website: Click here
Admissions: Neighborhood school
Principal: Margaret Siena
Neighborhood: Lower Manhattan
District: 2
Grade range: K & 1
Zoned
New School

What's special:

New school to relieve neighborhood overcrowding; experienced principal

The downside:

Temporary location in Tweed Courthouse

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

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.

Admissions: Neighborhood school. (Anna Schneider, September 2012. Compiled from DNAinfo articles and the DOE website.)

(Photo of tweed courthouse by Joseph A/Flickr)

 

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 123

Average Daily Attendance 94%

Students at this school

Asian

  
14%

Black

  
6%

Hispanic

  
13%

White

  
57%

Free Lunch

  
8%

Special ed

  
6%

English Language Learners

  
2%

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 22% 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 86% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Parents

Are parents involved?

How many parents responded to the school survey?

80% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

79% 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?

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?

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:

NA 5% 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 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:

NA 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many parents say students with disabilities are included in all activities?

98% 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?

100% 90% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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