P.S. 96 Joseph Lanzetta

Grades Pre-K, K-8

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

What’s Special

Proud, enthusiastic students; principal committed to engaging families

The Downside

Uneven teaching

Our Review

PS/MS 96 is a large K-8 school united by a sense of mutual respect. Classes are focused on teacher-led instruction and students remain engaged in most lessons. Collaboration is promoted. Students and faculty acknowledge a history of disciplinary issues but see major improvements.

Building and location: The school is housed in a large, factory-like building in East Harlem. Its exterior is uninviting, but its interior is clean and colorful. The hallways are quiet and orderly.

School environment and culture: Teachers and students expressed optimism about the vision of the schools principal, Noel Rios who arrived in 2009. Rios vision is based on forging mutual respect among staff members and students. He keeps the door to his office open as a symbol of his desire to engage families.

At a gathering of 1st graders, students listened intently to each other and clapped for their peers. When another class arrived, they did not distract the other students. At the middle school level, it is apparent that appropriate behavior is expected, but not at the expense of enthusiasm.

Students said there were a lot of problems with fighting prior to Rios\' arrival. Teachers are cautiously optimistic that things are better now. One veteran teacher said the school is again becoming a safe and orderly environment. Strategies for conflict resolution have been promoted among faculty and staff.

Teaching and curriculum: Research-based curriculum models are employed throughout the school. Everyday Math is used and teachers have been trained in the Teachers College Reading and Writing Workshop model. There is an effort to align writing themes across all grade levels. A 3rd-grade teacher used overhead transparencies to demonstrate sentence patterns. Students used these examples to create their own original sentences. We observed a 1st-grade Publishing Party, where students and read books they had written to their classmates. Some special education students receive extra instruction in phonics.

Most of the lessons that we observed were led by teachers, with students working on assignments at their desks. For the most part, students kept up with instruction and completed assigned tasks. However, in one middle school science class, students were assigned independent book work, but were not actively monitored by the teacher. The assignment seemed to serve little purpose and the science lab was not properly utilized.

Partnerships and programs: A partnership with the CYO/Manhattan Youth Baseball Academy provides the school with its own team. The school is working to secure a sponsorship through VH1\'s Save the Music Program to purchase electric keyboards.

Special education: About 15 percent of students receive special education services. There are some pull-out programs and a Collaborative Team Teaching class.

English language learners: There are 54 English Language Learners supported though ESL classes. The majority of ELLs speak Spanish.

After school: Students get help on homework and take part in physical education activities with The Urban Dove program [link]. The school features a choir and band.

Family involvement: There is a core group of active parents, but a lack of parent participation was cited by teachers and staff as a major challenge. The Parent Teacher Association has just 15 committed members. PTA fundraisers include school dances and a holiday toy drive. The PTA also supports a Bullying Prevention initiative for the elementary grades.

Parent Coordinator, Sonia Kemp organizes outreach programs to bring parents into the school, including a community fair bringing in representatives from organizations to educate parents about insurance and banking services and domestic violence intervention programs.

Admissions: Zoned school. Middle school priority is given to students who attend the schools elementary grades.

After Graduation: In the past, many middle school graduates attended Norman Thomas High School now that school is being phased out. (Brian Farmer, November 2009)

About the students

Enrollment
450
Pre-K seats
8
Asian
2.0%
Black
26.7%
Hispanic
67.3%
White
2.9%
Other
1.1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
100%
Students with disabilities
31%
English language learners
20%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
59%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
91%
94% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
37%
19% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
27%
75% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
38%
25% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
71%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
41%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
25%
46% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
2.0
6.4 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
48%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
77%
86% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
39%
79% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
66%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
15%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
64%
85% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
47%
59% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
47%
79% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
73%
84% 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%
88% Citywide Average
How many Pre-K parents say their child's teacher gave helpful ideas for how to support their child's learning?
100%
95% 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?
8%
39% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
15%
40% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 2 dedicated spaces for Visual arts and an Auditorium
This school has 1 licensed arts teacher in Music

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
48%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
50%
55% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
45%
70% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Spanish
How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
0%
28% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
89%
87% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics, The Heritage School, and The Urban Assembly School for Global Commerce
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?
2%
7% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
9%
18% 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
1.7
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
1.88
2.2 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.81
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.03
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
1.81
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.14
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
58%
69% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
79%
84% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
85%
89% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
85%
87% Citywide Average
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