P.S. 111 Adolph S. Ochs

Grades Pre-K, K-5
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What’s Special

Children speak 17 different languages

The Downside

School working to have kids speak in class more

Our Review

New luxury apartments are springing up all around, but PS 111 still serves a mostly poor population, including many new immigrants from Spanish-speaking countries and a few Arab-speakers from Yemen. While middle class children who live in the zone may opt for private schools or better-known public schools (especially in the upper grades), children from as far as the Bronx transfer into PS 111 under the provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act.

PS 111 has small classes, a nice music program and extensive special education services (including a room set aside for physical and occupational therapy). In 2013, the school opened a Spanish dual-language program. Classrooms are clean and well-supplied. Parents seem to be involved. Principal Irma Medina, who speaks Spanish, greeted many by name the day of our visit, when parents organized a holiday gift sale.

Teachers give plenty of individual attention and we heard no raised voices the day of our visit. Kids say they feel safe, and the school seemed orderly. However, a few children were serving in-house suspensions in a special room set aside for that purpose.

PS 111 has a very high suspension rate there were more than 100 suspensions in 2011. Only one-third of teachers responding to the Learning Environment Survey agreed that order and discipline are maintained at the school. Medina acknowledges the difficulties. "Our kids sometimes have challenging behavior," she said. The school has a dean and a full-time social worker to help, she said.

While test scores are below average for the city, PS 111 tries to provide challenges to strong students. The school offers free test-prep to 7th and 8th graders for the Specialized High School Admissions Test, and a handful of graduates pass each year. Other popular choices are the High School of Environmental Studies and Food and Finance High School. The Department of Education began phasing out the middle school grades in 2014 and the last class of 8th graders will graduate in 2016.

More than 100 students are learning English as a Second Language. We saw some lively ESL classes. Kids played the card game UNO or the dice game Yatzee with their teachers, or learned English words by listening to them aloud on an iPad, then touching a corresponding picture on the screen.

Special education: More than 150 students receive special education services. There are self-contained classes, collaborative team teaching classes with two teachers, and Special Education Teacher Support Services, as well as speech, occupational and physical therapy. Special education teachers seemed attentive and the students were engaged.

Admissions: Neighborhood school. There is a long waiting list for the full-day pre-kindergarten program. For other grades, there is sometimes room for children from outside the zone. (Clara Hemphill, December 2011, updated dual language program, June 2013; updated grades, March 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 a Pre-K Center
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
65%
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?
80%
81% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe outside around this school?
83%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
25%
22% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
87%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
97%
85% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
33%
48% 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?
94%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
88%
87% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
91%
79% 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?
88%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
95%
87% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
74%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
85%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
87%
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?
96%
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?
36%
40% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
37%
39% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 3 dedicated spaces for Music and Visual arts
This school has 2 licensed arts teachers in Music and Theater

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
61%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
34%
59% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
47%
69% Citywide Average
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?
8%
10% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
0%
22% 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
2.3 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 students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
75%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
87%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
89%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
89%
89% Citywide Average
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