P.S. 330

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Admissions: District 24
Principal: Lashawnna Harris
Neighborhood: Elmhurst
District: 24
Grade range: 0K thru 03
Parent coordinator: SULAY TAPIA

What's special:

New building

The downside:

Some tension between teachers and the administration

The InsideStats



Our review

PS 330, which opened in September 2010, was established to help ease overcrowding and eliminate long kindergarten waitlists throughout District 24, one of the city's most overcrowded district.

Originally housed in PS 13's annex, PS 330 moved to its permanent home, a brand new building on Northern Boulevard between 112th and 111th Streets (pictured to the right, courtsey of DNAinfo), at the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year.

The school's founding principal, LaShawnna Harris, was an elementary school teacher at PS 6 in the Bronx and a math coach before receiving administrative training through New Leaders for New Schools, an independent, non-profit principals training program. For the 2009-2010 school year, Harris served as the assistant principal for the newly-created East New York Elementary School of Excellence.

Parents at PS 330 are satisfied with the education their children are receiving, and teachers report that discipline in the school has improved since its opening, with over 90 percent of teachers agreeing that order and discipline are maintained at the school—up from 50 percent the previous year—according to the 2011-2012 Learning Environment Survey. However, the survey also reflects some tension amongst teachers and administrators, with over a quarter of teachers reporting that they don't trust the principal at her word and with more than 60 percent of teachers reporting that teachers in the school don't trust one another.

The school currently has partnerships with New York Cares, CookShop Classroom, and PENCIL.

Special education: The school has integrated co-teaching classes with a mix of general education and special needs students as well as self-contained classes for students with special needs.

English language learners: The majority of the school's English language learners receive language support from one of the school's ESL teachers. Some students participate in the transitional bilingual education class, where children start studying in Spanish and gradually move toward English-only classes.

Admissions: Neighborhood school. Priority goes to students with siblings at the school. (Pauline Zaldonis, August 2013).

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