PS/IS 30 Mary White Ovington

7002 4TH AVENUE
BROOKLYN NY 11209 Map
Phone: (718) 491-8440
Website: Click here
Admissions: Neighborhood school/selective program
Principal: Carol Heeraman
Neighborhood: Bay Ridge
District: 20
Grade range: K-2, 6-8
Parent Coordinator: DONNA MOSCATELLO
Zoned
Dual Language
Screened

What's special:

New building; school expanding to include elementary grades

The downside:

New building won't be able to house entire school once it is fully grown

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

There are big changes at PS/IS 30 Mary Covington. The school moved to a new building and is expanding to become a K-8 school. It accepted four kindergarten classes for fall 2013--one of which is dual language Arabic--and is growing by a grade each year. 

The new building is on the site of a former church and some elements of the church building have been incorporated, including stained glass windows, the tower and the bell, said Community Education Council member Laurie Windsor. IS 30, which opened in 1997 and has been housed in a former apartment building with inadequate resources, will now have a cafeteria, gymnasium, a multi-purpose room with stadium seating, a teacher’s conference room, a 3,000 square foot playground, a library and a science resource room. [See the architectural rendering on this page].

It has space for 708 students including a District 75 program. In 2016 the kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades will move into the former IS 30 building; grades 3-8 will remain in the new building.

The expansion of IS 30 is designed to alleviate overcrowding at nearby District 20 elementary schools. The school’s zone was also changed. See the zoning map here (pdf).

Carol Heeraman, principal of IS 30 since 2010 and formerly an assistant principal at Pershing Junior High school, will oversee the K-8 school.

IS 30 is one of the smallest of middle schools in the district, and, according to to the 2012 Learning Environment Survey, parents, students and teachers would like to see a wider array of activities and courses offered.

There is one gifted “superintendent's” class on each grade, which has a math and science focus. IS 30 is one of 20 city schools chosen to be part of the city’s Software Engineering Pilot program offering a special computer science and software curriculum. Eighth graders in the gifted program may take Regents exams in history, Living Environment and Spanish. The algebra Regents is offered students in both the gifted program and general education students. Spanish is the only foreign language offered.

Students report they feel safe at school but more than 65 percent who responded to the survey reported bullying and physical fights some or most of the time. About a third of the teachers said there were some problems maintaining order and discipline. In response, in 2012 the school adopted a PBIS program – Positive Behavior Intervention Services.  The approach calls for “rewarding the kids when they do something good, “ said longtime parent coordinator Donna Borgia, who added “We’ve been doing very well with it. “

English Language Learners: In 2012, the school got an influx of students from Syria. Arabic, Chinese and Spanish-speakers make up the largest percentage of students learning to speak English. The dual language Arabic program began in 2013.

Special education: Students receive speech, occupational and physical therapy services as well as counseling. They are taught in integrated co-teaching classes, with two teachers.

After school: Clubs include chess, dance team, drama and technology.There is a track team in affiliation with the NY Road Runners Club but no other sports.

Admission: Neighborhood school (zoning changes were approved beginning in 2013). Admission to the gifted middle school program is determined by a combination of factors making up a "composite score". The final 4th grade report card counts for 45 percent, state tests 45 percent, attendance five percent and punctuality five percent.(Pamela Wheaton,web reports & interviews, February 2013; admissions updated January 2015)

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 715

Average Daily Attendance 95%

Students at this school

Asian

  
20%

Black

  
2%

Hispanic

  
30%

White

  
48%

Free Lunch

  
78%

Special ed

  
16%

English Language Learners

  
26%

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?

59% 75% 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

Number of students in an average middle school english class

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

80% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

11% 22% 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 students in grades 3-8 who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam

40% 40% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students in grades 3-8 who scored 3 or 4 on the state ela exam

51% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 8th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state science exam

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 8th grades pass high school regents exams?

Percent of 8th graders who take and pass the algebra regents:

33% 14% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 8th graders who take and pass a science regents:

21% 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Parents

Are parents involved?

How many parents responded to the school survey?

42% 59% 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:

0% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

6% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

13% 14% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

16% 8% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 15% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

17% 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?

98% 91% 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?

88% 84% 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:

2% 3% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

36% 19% 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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