P.S. 189

Grades Pre-K, K-5
Staff Pick

Location

2580 Amsterdam Avenue
Manhattan NY 10040
Washington Heights (District 6)
Trains: A to 181st St; 1 to 191st St
Buses: Bx13, Bx18, Bx3, Bx40, Bx42, M100, M101, M3, M4, M98

Contact

Phone
212-927-8303
Principal
Rosalina Perez
Parent Coordinator
Silvia Suero

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

What’s Special

Small class size; excellent teachers; school feels like one big family

The Downside

Limited pre-K program.

Our Review

PS 189 is a welcoming school, a place where students celebrate their teachers' birthdays, parents are active volunteers, and Theresa Luger, the highly knowledgeable principal, is constantly improving operations. Under her leadership, class size has dropped to 20 students in grades K-3, a new computer lab has been established, and a new library is being constructed, thanks to the Robin Hood Foundation, an anti-poverty group. The school's hallways and classrooms are clean and organized. Each classroom has a computer, a colorful rug, a rocking chair, and hundreds of books placed in baskets. Some even have lizards, fish, and mealworms.

Luger has created a school that manages to serve both its many immigrant children learning English60 percent of the school population and students who need a lot of intellectual stimulation to remain interested in class. Struggling students work one on one with a reading coach five times a week for 50 minutes and use computer programs that help them with vocabulary and fluency. Two psychologists from New York-Presbyterian Hospital (formerly Columbia-Presbyterian) provide child and family counseling, and students from the George Washington high school complex read to 1st graders once a week. Luger places her top students into a separate, advanced class. "I need to keep those kids and keep them challenged," she said. Throughout the school, students benefit from extra activities. First and 4th graders are taught by the National Dance Institute, a not-for-profit arts-education group founded by the renowned ballet dancer Jacques d'Amboise.[The video at the left was produced by NDI].

In all the classes we saw, we were impressed by teaching that kept students focused and excited. Second graders who were writing essays about an animal they had selected used different-colored Post-it notes to help keep their research organized. As they read about their animal in books, they recorded important information on the memo-notes. Later, they sorted the Post-its by colors, each representing a different chapter of their essay. One student wrote about a spider: "You may think I live underground, but most of the time I live in a web."

Although the student population in the neighborhood is shrinking, the school does not have enough room for all prospective pre-K students, something Luger hopes to change as more space in the building becomes available. "If we get these kids in pre-K we would do a much better job than if they come from a different program," she said.

Parents are an important part of the PS 189 community. More than 200 of them volunteer, and they raise around $50,000 annually for the school. Students help out, too; 20 children work as safety hall monitors.

English as a Second Language: The school offers bilingual, English as a Second Language, and dual-language programs.

Special education: The school has self-contained classes, only for children with special needs, and "collaborative team teaching" (CTT) classes, which mix special and general education children in a class taught by two teachers, one of whom is certified in special education. The school is barrier-free for pre-K, kindergarten, and 1st grade. (Vanessa Witenko, March 2007)

About the students

Enrollment
911
Pre-K seats
72
Asian
0.4%
Black
0.8%
Hispanic
95.5%
White
3.2%
Other
0.1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
91%
Students with disabilities
16%
English language learners
28%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
85%
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?
22%
21% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
62%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
96%
88% 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?
77%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
88%
90% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
76%
82% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
74%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
95%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
74%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
80%
89% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
81%
65% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
91%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
89%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents say their child's teacher helped their child adjust to Pre-K?
100%
98% Citywide Average
How many parents say this Pre-K program helped them consider which elementary schools would meet their childrens' needs?
96%
92% Citywide Average
How many Pre-K parents say their child's teacher gave helpful ideas for how to support their child's learning?
96%
97% 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?
23%
43% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
23%
42% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 2 dedicated spaces for Music and Visual arts
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

This school offers Transitional Bilingual Education in Spanish.
How many English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
2%
9% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
33%
46% 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
2.19
2.4 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.66
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
1.93
2.2 Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
90%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
90%
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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