PS 9 Naples Street Elementary School
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PS 9 Naples Street Elementary School
Extended PK hours offered: Contact program about extended hours.
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)
At a glance
Number of Students 216
Average Daily Attendance 96%
Safety & vibe
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 classNA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Number of students in an average fifth grade classNA 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
How many students are chronically absent?9% 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?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?
This school offers self-contained classes.
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
This school offers team teaching (ict).
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?
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?