P.S. 111 Adolph S. Ochs

Grades Pre-K, K-5
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Location

440 West 53 Street
Manhattan NY 10019
Hell's Kitchen (District 2)
Trains: N, Q, R, W to 57th St-7th Ave; C, E to 50th St; 1, A, B, D to 59th St-Columbus Circle
Buses: M10, M104, M11, M12, M20, M31, M5, M50, M57

Contact

Phone
212-582-7420
Principal
Edward Gilligan
Parent Coordinator
Zaida Cosme

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

What’s Special

Children speak 17 different languages

The Downside

School working to have kids speak in class more

Our Review

As Hells Kitchen gentrifies, PS 111, long a school that served mostly poor and working class children, is beginning to attract middle class familiesparticularly to the gifted and talented program started in 2013. PS 111 serves children who live in luxury high rises as well as those who live in housing projects.

We have one mom who is a surgeon and one who is a waitress at the local diner, said Principal Ed Gilligan, who took over in 2015.

Some 17 languages are spoken here, including Spanish, Japanese, Arabic, Hebrew, Chinese, Urdu and French.

The school was calmer on our recent visit than it had been a few years before. The school once had a reputation for rowdiness, but the suspension rate has declined significantly. The middle school grades have been phased out, and now that the school only serves children in pre-k-5, it is more orderly. We heard no raised voices the day of our visit and teachers all had control of their classes.

The school has a beautiful playground, but the inside could use some sprucing up. A few of the classes seemed messy and disorganized, with piles of teachers papers, books and notebooks askew.

Gilligan, formerly assistant principal at PS 184 in Brooklyn, wants to strengthen the writing program and encourage more class discussionswith more active learning, and less passive listening to the teacher.

We want to see children, even in pre-k and k, talking more, Gilligan said.

There are three classes on each grade: one gifted, one general education, and one ICT (integrated co-teaching) class with two teachers and a mix of general education and special education students.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: There are ICT classes with two teachers, and SETSS.

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school. The school has room to spare and the administration is working to increase enrollment. Pre-kindergarten classes were under-enrolled at the time of our visit. (Clara Hemphill, October 2015)

About the students

Enrollment
334
Pre-K seats
43
Asian
17.1%
Black
14.1%
Hispanic
47.0%
White
18.6%
Other
3.3%
Free or reduced priced lunch
100%
Students with disabilities
25%
English language learners
15%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with the New York City Charter School of the Arts
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
62%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
93%
94% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
24%
21% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
84%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
100%
88% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
1.0
6.6 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
92%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
92%
90% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
84%
82% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
83%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
84%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
92%
89% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
44%
65% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
92%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
81%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents say their child's teacher helped their child adjust to Pre-K?
100%
98% Citywide Average
How many parents say this Pre-K program helped them consider which elementary schools would meet their childrens' needs?
94%
92% Citywide Average
How many Pre-K parents say their child's teacher gave helpful ideas for how to support their child's learning?
100%
97% 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?
36%
43% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
39%
42% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 4 dedicated spaces for Music and Visual arts
This school has 2 licensed arts teacher in Music and Theater
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
7%
9% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
30%
46% 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 ICT students
1.81
2.0 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.29
2.4 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.95
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.4
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
2.57
2.8 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.5
2.2 Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
86%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
91%
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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