P.S. 208 Alain L. Locke

Grades 3-5
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What’s Special

Hydroponic lab; parents praise high expectations and good communication with teachers

The Downside

Declining enrollment

Our Review

A tiny school with a shrinking enrollment, PS 208 serves children in grades 3-5 in a building shared with Harlem Link Charter; PS 185, a neighborhood school for children in PK-2; and a school for children with severe disabilities. PS 208 has a hydroponic garden, where children grow vegetables without soil as part of a partnership with the non-profit organization New York Sun Works.

PS 208 received a federal magnet grant in 2010 designed to increase enrollment and make the school more racially and economically diverse. As part of the grant, the school adopted an environmental theme; children received laptops and took regular trips to Central Park. However, enrollment continued to decline: The school had 284 pupils in 2006; a decade later, faced with competition from charter schools and other schools of choice in the neighborhood, just 125 children were enrolled.

Parents gives the school high marks, according to school surveys. Parents were all in agreement that the school sets high expectations and there is open communication with the teachers, Superintendent Ilene Altschul wrote in the 2015 Quality Review. However, Altschul added, Across classrooms there were uneven levels of student participation and thinking. Nearly half the teachers who responded to the survey complained of problems with order and discipline.

Insideschools visited PS 208 in 2012, but Principal Susan Green has refused our requests for visits since then.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school offers team-teaching and self-contained classes.

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school. (Clara Hemphill, update based on DOE data, March 2017)

About the students

Enrollment
124
Asian
4.0%
Black
59.7%
Hispanic
33.9%
White
0.8%
Other
1.6%
Free or reduced priced lunch
96%
Students with disabilities
30%
English language learners
11%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
30%
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?
25%
21% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
53%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
60%
85% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
9.7
6.6 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
73%
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?
73%
79% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
50%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
50%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
87%
87% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
93%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
88%
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
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?
15%
40% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
19%
39% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 2 dedicated spaces for Visual arts and an Auditorium
This school has 0 licensed arts teachers in Dance, Music, Theater or Visual arts
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

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
2.02
2.0 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
1.97
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.78
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.08
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
3.0
2.8 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.04
2.2 Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
88%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
96%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
88%
89% Citywide Average
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