P.S. 150

Grades Pre-K, K-5
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Location

334 Greenwich Street
Manhattan NY 10013
Tribeca (District 2)
Trains: R to City Hall; 6, E, J, N, Q, Z to Canal St; 4, 5 to Brooklyn Bridge - City Hall; 1, 2, 3, A, C to Chambers St
Buses: BM2, BxM18, M20, M22, M5, M9, QM11, X1, X10, X10B, X11, X15, X17, X17A, X28, X4, X7, X8

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What’s Special

Singapore math and projects that integrate science and social studies

The Downside

No gym or cafeteria, only one class per grade

Our Review

Tucked away at the top of a steep flight of stairs in Tribeca, tiny PS 150 offers solid academics including a demanding math program, hands-on science and plenty of field trips. The school's small size (with just one class per grade), super-involved parents and vibrant arts-infused academics set it apart from many large Manhattan schools.

PS 150 uses Math in Focus, a sophisticated and fast-paced approach that encourages student to solve multi-step problems. Math in Focus is based on the math curriculum used in Singapore, an island nation known for high levels of math achievement. Math in Focus covers fewer topics than most programs used in the United States and strives to make sure students understand one concept before they go on to the next. The program is aligned to the new state Common Core standards, which accelerate math instruction by about a year.

We wanted to do what Asian countries do take a few concepts and study them in depth, said Principal Jenny Bonnet.

Teachers told us they like the math program because it provides difficult problems for strong students while offering lots of support for those who are struggling. We saw a class in which children worked on the same math problem but received different amounts of guidance: Strong students attacked the problem on their own, others received clues to help them get started and still others worked closely with the teacher, who offered more step-by-step help.

Children have semester-long projects (called units of study) that integrate science, social studies, reading and writing. For example, 2nd-graders study snakesvisiting the Central Park Zoo, observing snakes housed in a tank in their classroom, and reading books and writing essays about snakes. Other classes study bakeries, farm animals, New York City transportation, immigration, bridges, Colonial New York, and Lewis and Clarks expedition.

Children travel to Frost Valley to take a closer look at animals, rocks and minerals; they sail on the Clearwater to learn more about the water cycle. We do a lot of field trips and experiments, said a student. Units of study culminate twice a year in school-wide presentations and discussion forums.

Visiting artists integrate storytelling, opera, puppetry and architecture into the schools own art and music programs, according to the citys Quality Review. Technology is integrated as seamlessly into the academics as the arts. During a 5th-grade science class we observed, students took notes on iPads as they watched a movie about nutrition called "Super Size Me," after which they participated in an experiment on carbohydrates and recorded their findings on laptops. A child mentioned that a study of the rock cycle culminated in student-made podcasts. Grades 3-5 visit the small basement science lab that doubles as a library three times a week.

Bonnet replaced long-time principal Maggie Siena in March 2012. Bonnet was academic director at the Special Music School another small school with only one class per grade and is a graduate of Hunter College.

There is no lunchroom but kids eat a delicious family-style lunch in the classrooms or the music room. The outdoor courtyard of the apartment complex serves as the gym, and this space provides a welcome central gathering spot for families in the morning. Hula hoops, balls and other games are brought out during lunch, recess and gym.

Special education: Because of its small size, PS 150 offers Special Education Teacher Support Services (SETSS) but does not offer team-teaching or self-contained classes.

Admissions: Priority to siblings and students zoned for downtown schools PS 234, PS 89, PS 276, PS 343 and PS 397, with higher priority to PS 234 and PS 276 because they do not have pre-k programs. Remaining seats are filled by lottery with District 2 preference. (Lydie Raschka, October 2013; Clara Hemphill, January 2014; updated August 2016)

About the students

Enrollment
186
Pre-K seats
18
Asian
16.1%
Black
3.8%
Hispanic
11.8%
White
57.0%
Other
11.3%
Free or reduced priced lunch
9%
Students with disabilities
15%
English language learners
3%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
148%
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?
10%
21% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
100%
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
4.3
6.6 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
89%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
100%
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?
78%
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?
91%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
96%
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?
91%
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?
77%
40% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
84%
39% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 1 dedicated space for Visual arts
This school has 3 licensed arts teachers in Music (part-time), Visual arts (part-time), and Theater
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 SETSS students
4.18
2.8 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.66
2.2 Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
82%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
88%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
82%
89% Citywide Average
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