P.S. 110 Florence Nightingale
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P.S. 110 Florence Nightingale
Extended PK hours offered: Contact program about extended hours.
PS 110 is a school offering solid instruction, a nice array of enrichment activities and good parent involvement. It draws a diverse group of students from across District 1 and is home to a district-wide gifted and talented (G&T) program. With only two classes on most grades, the school is small and has room to increase enrollment.
The tone throughout the school is calm and cheery. There’s a lot of student art, writing and math on display in classrooms and hallways. Teachers speak to children in conversational tones and find ways to keep students engaged and relaxed. In a couple of classes we visited soft music played as students worked on assignments; in few others we found children sprawled out on the rug or sitting on a couch quietly reading or writing.
For grades k-2, teachers developed their own English and social studies curriculum, which balances both fundamental skills, such as phonics, with more complex work. In the upper grades, teachers use Expeditionary Learning, where students study topics across subjects. For instance, when students study Native American culture in social studies, they tackle books about the Haudenosaunee Confederacy (a league of Native American nations) during reading and writing instruction. Writing is emphasized in all grades and students are taught to organize their thoughts and write multiple drafts to achieve a final polished piece.
On most grades there is one G&T and one ICT (integrated co-teaching) class, which has two teachers and serves a mix of general education and special needs students. Parents sometimes worry children might feel segregated by ability and there are some distinctions between the classes though all follow the same curriculum at roughly the same pace and have access to similar resources.
In G&T classes we visited, we saw a lot of discussions where where students flesh out what they learned with their classmates and challenge each others assertions, citing facts and references with ease. In other classes we saw teachers striking more of balance between tasks that reinforce fundamental skills with more in-depth projects and discussions. In all classes we visited group work was a staple of instruction and children seemed happy and engaged.
PS 110 is housed within a five-story building constructed in 1903, the same year the nearby Williamsburg Bridge was completed. The building has no gym, so physical education classes take place in an open area on the ground floor or in a multipurpose room that also serves as an auditorium. In addition to a small, nicely maintained yard, there’s a public park adjacent to school that classes, including gym may use for outdoor activities.
Arts education is supplemented through partnerships with Third Street Settlement, the National Dance Institute, and Paul Taylor Dance Studio. Additional partnerships support programs in theater, creative writing, chess, cooking and tutoring on Saturday.
A free after-school program is offered onsite by Henry Street Settlement. There are also several fee-based programs in the neighborhood that pick up PS 110 students at the end of the school day and escort them to off-site activities. There is an option for late pick-up at 5:30 pm for pre-k student
SPECIAL EDUCATION: In addition to SETSS, there are ICT and self-contained classes for special needs students only.
ADMISSIONS: Open to students in District 1. Admission to the G&T program is determined through the citywide G&T assessment process. (Laura Zingmond, October 2016)
At a glance
Number of Students 394
Average Daily Attendance 95%
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?80% 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?75% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many students are chronically absent?12% 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:13% 8% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
This school offers team teaching (ict).
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:20% 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:7% 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?