PS/IS 180 Hugo Newman

Grades Pre-K, K-8
Staff Pick
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Location

370 West 120 Street
Manhattan NY 10027
Harlem (District 3)
Trains: A, D to 125th St; 2, 3, B, C to 116th St; 1 to 116th St - Columbia University
Buses: Bx15, M10, M100, M104, M11, M116, M2, M3, M4, M5, M60-SBS, M7

Contact

Phone
212-678-2849
Principal
Lana Fleming
Parent Coordinator
Khadyjah Wilson

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

What’s Special

Involved parents and a warm sense of community

The Downside

A few behavior problems

Our Review

Ask parents what they like about PS 180 and they'll tell you about the warm sense of community, the pleasure of making friends with other parents, sharing babysitting and after-school pickups, and even having holiday meals together.

It's a place where parents of different races and ethnic groups seem to get along, where families of mixed races feel at home. The PTA organizes events to encourage parents to come to the school regularlysuch as an early morning exercise class with a disco ball.

"I feel like I'm part of a community in a way I never expected," one mother said.

"You're greeted with a smile," said a father. "The teachers are accessible."

"We are traditional. We believe in homework, we have tests, a spelling bee," said another mother. "But we also have rugs and desks in groups."

PS 180 has three classes in most grades: general education, dual language (in which children study in English in the morning and Spanish in the afternoon) and team-taught (with two teachers, one of whom is certified in special education).

Class size is small: about 20 in the elementary school and 22 in the middle school. The quality of children's written work we saw posted on bulletin boards was good. Music and art instruction are strong. Second-graders swim at Asphalt Green.

Although the school was orderly the day of our visit, Principal Lana Fleming acknowledged that a few children with behavior problems had been assigned to PS 180 after having been asked to leave nearby charter schools. To help these children, the school has a full-time social worker and 12 psychology graduate interns from Columbia University to help these children.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school offers ICT classes. Physical and occupational therapists are contracted as needed.

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood, zoned school for grades k-5. PS 180 interviews students interested in the dual language program to ensure proper balance of Spanish- and English-dominant speakers. For grades 6-8, the school looks at students' 4th-grade report cards, state test scores and record of attendance and lateness. Top priority goes to continuing 5th-grade students, then to students living in the school's zone, and then to students and residents of District 3. There are frequent tours for prospective parents. (Clara Hemphill, December 2015; updated August 2016)

About the students

Enrollment
591
Pre-K seats
82
Asian
2.0%
Black
52.6%
Hispanic
32.3%
White
9.8%
Other
3.2%
Free or reduced priced lunch
70%
Students with disabilities
18%
English language learners
6%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
86%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
94%
94% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
17%
19% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
48%
76% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
62%
50% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
71%
84% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
95%
88% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
25%
45% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
2.4
6.4 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
67%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
83%
87% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
71%
81% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
74%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
65%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
77%
86% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
42%
60% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
67%
78% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
78%
82% Citywide Average
How many parents say their child's teacher helped their child adjust to Pre-K?
93%
97% Citywide Average
How many parents say this Pre-K program helped them consider which elementary schools would meet their childrens' needs?
89%
91% Citywide Average
How many Pre-K parents say their child's teacher gave helpful ideas for how to support their child's learning?
93%
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?
21%
39% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
33%
42% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 4 dedicated spaces for Music, Theater, and Media arts
This school has 1 licensed art teacher in Theater

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
64%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
59%
59% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
72%
68% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I, Living Environment
How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
17%
28% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
87%
86% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
HS for Environmental Studies and Pace HS
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

This school offers Dual Language classes in Spanish.
How many English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
0%
6% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
35%
42% 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
1.93
2.2 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.01
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
1.78
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
1.98
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
61%
69% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
86%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
91%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
83%
88% Citywide Average
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