P.S. 89

Grades Pre-K, K-5
Staff Pick Staff Pick for Special Ed
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Location

201 Warren Street
Manhattan NY 10282
Financial District (District 2)
Trains: R to City Hall; E to World Trade Center; 4, 5, J, Z to Fulton St-Broadway-Nassau; 1, 2, 3, A, C to Chambers St
Buses: BM2, BxM18, M20, M22, M5, M9, QM11, X1, X10, X10B, X11, X15, X17, X17A, X19, X28, X3, X4, X7, X8

Contact

Zone for the 2017-2018 school year. Call school to confirm.

What’s Special

High-performing neighborhood school in a comfortable, modern building

The Downside

Some instruction is one-size-fits-all

Our Review

At the heart of PS 89, The Liberty School, are the big social studies and science investigations that take place in the fall and spring. These explorations of urban farm markets, the five boroughs of New York City, or the Revolutionary War, help "even the playing field for all kids," according to experienced principal Veronica Najjar. "It brings kids together in a way just having a strong reading program does not. Learning, wondering, inquiring, asking questionsit gives everyone that equal chance."

First-graders make about eight trips to urban farm markets in Union Square and Tribeca. There they spot honey, leading them to a conversation with beekeepers, and taste ramps and goat cheese. They notice wool, meat products and root vegetables. They pickle asparagus and cucumbers, and preserve carrots and fruit. At the end of the unit they hold a busy farm market in the schoolyard. Second-graders study birds in the same rich, all-encompassing way; 3rd-graders delve into the history of New Amsterdam, dressing up as tradesmen of old, and visiting Wyckoff House in Flatbush. Fourth-graders study the American Revolution. Fifth-graders explore Westward expansion.

A 2015 Quality Review by the Department of Education pointed out that the school could do more to consistently challenge all children to their full potential, especially high-achieving students. "In most cases, all students worked on the same tasks with no visible modifications for the most struggling or accelerated learners," the reviewer wrote. Najjar, principal since 1998, says a goal for staff is to find ways for kids to "make their learning a little bit deeper." Nonetheless, test scores are high, and parents and teachers almost unanimously recommend the school, according to school surveys.

The school is housed in a modern, comfortable building in Battery Park City with a beautiful cafeteria, gym, library, dance studio, art studio, and science room. It shares the building withIS 289, which takes up the top floors. Classrooms are large, and each has a sink and ample storage.

SPECIAL EDUCATION:The school serves children with speech, language and developmental delays in ICT (integrated co-teaching) classes. In these classes, children with special needs are taught in the same class as general education pupils, with two teachers, one of whom is certified in special education.

ADMISSIONS:Zoned neighborhood school.(Lydie Raschka, interview and DOE data,August 2016)

About the students

Enrollment
412
Pre-K seats
36
Asian
16.3%
Black
2.2%
Hispanic
16.0%
White
60.9%
Other
4.6%
Free or reduced priced lunch
3%
Students with disabilities
16%
English language learners
4%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with IS 289
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
130%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
96%
94% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
8%
21% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
96%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
100%
85% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
17.8
6.6 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
100%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
96%
87% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
100%
79% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
93%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
98%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
100%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
100%
87% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
55%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
89%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
93%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents say their child's teacher helped their child adjust to Pre-K?
100%
97% Citywide Average
How many parents say this Pre-K program helped them consider which elementary schools would meet their childrens' needs?
100%
91% Citywide Average
How many Pre-K parents say their child's teacher gave helpful ideas for how to support their child's learning?
100%
96% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Test scores

How many students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
91%
40% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
87%
39% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 4 dedicated spaces for Dance, Music, Visual arts, and an Auditorium
This school has 2 licensed arts teachers in Dance and Music
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
Average math score for self-contained students
3.63
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
3.24
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
4.99
2.8 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
3.18
2.2 Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
94%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
93%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
87%
89% Citywide Average
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