PS 9 Naples Street Elementary School

1055 TARGEE STREET
STATEN ISLAND NY 10304 Map
Phone: (718) 876-4610
Website: Click here
Admissions: Unzoned, Staten Island
Principal: Deanna Marco
Neighborhood: Concord
District: 31
Grade range: PK-3
Parent Coordinator: LISA CALABRESE
Number of full-day PK seats: 36
Extended PK hours offered: Contact program about extended hours.
Unzoned
New School
Full Day
School-based pre-k

What's special:

Unzoned school with arts focus, ASD program for students on the autism spectrum

The downside:

No gym or auditorium

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

PS 9 Naples Street Elementary School is an unzoned arts-focused school open to students from across Staten Island. The school offers dance, music, visual arts and drama, integrating them into social studies, science, reading and writing. Opened in 2013 with pre-kindergarten and kindergarten, at full growth, PS 9 will enroll 300 students in grades pre-k to 5. It also hosts a program for children with autism.

Founder Deanna Marco has 16 years of experience at Brooklyn’s PS 295 The Studio School of Arts and Culture in Park Slope, where she was principal from 2006 to 2013. After years of teaching off the island, Marco, a Staten Island parent of three young sons, said she was ready to return. There are not many schools on Staten Island that have a focus on the arts," she said. "This one is based on the work I did at PS 295." Marco was honored as an outstanding educator and school leader by Wagner College in 2013.

The art program is still developing as the school grows. We saw kindergartners creating self-portraits and 1st-graders using oil pastels and making collages in response to a lesson about jazz.

Science teacher Jason Erikson—also known as “Mr. Inquiry”—wears a superhero costume to teach kids about science and math. Like Ms. Frizzle in the science-themed Magic School Bus books, he brings science to life, reading and acting out stories to children in recess as well.

The superhero theme is incorporated in math where multiplication tables are called “powers.” When practicing their times-tables children use their “super hero powers” of 10 or 12.

There is a strong focus on health and wellness and community activism said the principal. Students grow food in the school garden that is served in the cafeteria and help out with a community food drive, which they share with City Harvest. 

PS 9 opened in the PS 48 building when that school expanded and moved across the street to a new building. Some of the hallways in the old building are dark, narrow and uninviting; others are enlivened by artwork and murals of children’s books.

There is no auditorium or gymnasium. In cold weather months students use the cafeteria for recess; on other days they have recess in the playground. A fee-based after-school program offers karate, cheerleading, soccer and musical theatre.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: PS 9 is a host site for an ASD Horizon program for children on the autism spectrum. It also offers speech, counseling, occupational and physical therapy and ICT classes.

ADMISSIONS: Lottery open to Staten Island residents. There were 250 applicants for 36 pre-kindergarten spots in 2015. The school hosts tours once a month. (Giselle Inoa Aquino, February 2015)

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 216

Average Daily Attendance 96%

Students at this school

Asian

  
6%

Black

  
13%

Hispanic

  
27%

White

  
51%

Free Lunch

  
44%

Special ed

  
28%

English Language Learners

  
1%

Safety & vibe

ARE KIDS
NICE?

How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?

100% 81% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average kindergarten class

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average fifth grade class

NA NA 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?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

9% 23% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 40% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Parents

Are parents involved?

How many parents responded to the school survey?

100% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA 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?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Do parents like the school?

How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?

NA NA 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 8% 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 19% 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 17% 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?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 93% 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?

98% 86% 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 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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