PS 118 Maurice Sendak Community School
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PS 118 Maurice Sendak Community School
PS 118, also called the Maurice Sendak Community School, is designed to ease overcrowding in nearby PS 321 and PS 107. In fall 2013 it will open in a former parochial school building, St. Thomas Aquinas, with two kindergarten classes and two pre-kindergarten classes and will grow to have 14 classrooms in a pre-K to 5 school.
Elizabeth Garroway, most recently an assistant principal at PS 321, is the interim acting principal. She envisions a school that will have a "multicultural approach" in keeping with her own international background. A graduate of Midwood High School, she has a master's degree in Spanish and anthropology and studied in Europe. She told DNAinfo.com she plans to "'infuse' the school with Spanish."
"My background is in language, culure and people, and what's important to me is to use that background in the work that I do," Garroway told DNAinfo.com [photo of the building's exterior by DNAinfo].
Garroway's ties with the popular and successful PS 321 will continue as she will be mentored by Liz Phillips, PS 321 principal. A few of the teachers may come from PS 321. Even before the school opened, parents began working with Garroway to plan and to fundraise. They started a website, Founding Families. On their agenda-- working to make 4th Avenue safer, upgrading the building's playground and starting a garden.
Admission: Neighborhood school. The school's zone was carved out of the western side of PS 321's zone, roughly comprising the area between Third and Fourth avenues and President and Sixth Street. See a map on the Founding Families website. Children from outside of the zone are also encourged to apply. See the Facebook page for more admissions information. (Pamela Wheaton, news reports, February 2013)
At a glance
Number of Students 82
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 class23 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 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?100% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Do parents like the school?
How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?97% 94% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Special ed & ELL
How well does this school serve students with disabilities?
This school self-contained classes.
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
This school 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 SETSS.
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?
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?