P.S. 152 Evergreen

Grades Pre-K, K-5
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What’s Special

dedicated, enthusiastic staff and administration keep kids focused on learning

The Downside

Kindergarten and pre-k housed in a separate building

Our Review

PS 152 has stable and effective leadership, enthusiastic teachers and some of the most polite and engaged kids we've seen in a long time. The school offers trips to museums and farms, science experiments and plenty of time for creative play.

Frances Lynch, principal since 2004, encourages academic rigor and hard work. We dont want idle minds, she says. The school has clear rules: children wear uniforms and move in an orderly fashion in the hallway. Still, PS 152 maintains a casual, welcoming feel, demonstrated by everyone from the principal to the security guard, who warmly greets kids, parents and teachers in English and Spanish.

PS 152 is in one of the citys poorest neighborhoods and has a large number of homeless students and students who dont speak English at home. Some children arrive in the middle the year and some begin 1st grade without having attended kindergarten--and without knowing basics like how to identify colors. Lynch doesnt dwell on these hardships. She believes as long as children have a safe space to learn and are surrounded by adults they can trust, the rest will fall into place. What matters is that they know theyre going to be safe because I make sure they are, says Lynch.

To help catch up to their more affluent peers, PS 152 kids get double periods of math and English daily and have nightly homework. Teachers encourage children to develop their own voices and their writing shows creativity. They push students to build language skills in all subjects. In a 2nd grade math class, a girl raised her hand to explain the lesson in skip counting: in the number 100, there are 10 10s, she said. Thank you for a complete sentence, her teacher responded, and gave her a high five. During a science lesson for children who speak English as a Second Language, kids flexed their vocabulary skills by saying words like absorb aloud in unison.

Test scores are below average for the city but well above average for schools serving similar populations. The Department of Education has consistently given PS 152 "A"s on its Progress Reports.

The teaching staff at PS 152 is experienced and enthusiastic. Teachers work together to plan lessons so students learn the same basics, whether they in an English as a Second Language (ESL), team teaching class that mixes general and special education, or a general education class. They use textbooks in class but bring the material alive with hands-on lessons and homemade experiments. During our visit, 4th graders dissected carnations to determine if the flowers have vascular or nonvascular root systems. Bright and colorful homemade material that shows off teachers well-thought out lesson plans and students work decorate the halls of classrooms.

The school offers music and choir lessons. PS 152 students have daily exercise with recess, Zumba class and physical education. Parentsare welcome.

We believe in making the school an inviting area for all the community, says Assistant Principal Alana Plant. The school offers parent workshops on nutrition, how to read with your child, fire safety and the importance of mammograms for cancer screening.

Pre-k and kindergarten classes are housed in the early childhood building, supervised by Plant, six long blocks from the main building. Pre-k and kindergarten classrooms have plenty of books, blocks, art supplies and toy kitchens for dramatic play. High fences surround the playgrounds, which are near the Bruckner Expressway.

PS 152 made the United Federation of Teachers list of dilapidated buildings in 2013. Though the building is a bit dingy, it isnt as bad as the label implies. Lynch explained the school made the list because of minutia like painting violations.

English as a Second Language and Special Education: At the time of our visit, PS 152 offered two ESL classes per grade. Lynch said the schools ESL strategy is to immerse the English language learners: I dont really believe in pulling ELLs out of the classroom, she said. All the ESL teachers we saw on our visit addressed the students in English, and they had no trouble keeping up. Many of the schools ELL students speak Spanish at home but, recently, the school has had an influx of students from Yemen. PS 152 also offers a range of special education services including co-taught classes that mix general education and special education students. Both buildings are fully wheelchair accessible.

Middle school: Most graduates attend MS 123 or MS 337

Admissions: Neighborhood school. (Anna Schneider, October 2013)

About the students

Enrollment
936
Pre-K seats
71
Asian
1.5%
Black
15.7%
Hispanic
79.9%
White
1.5%
Other
1.4%
Free or reduced priced lunch
100%
Students with disabilities
20%
English language learners
26%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
113%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
92%
94% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
32%
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?
74%
85% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
11.8
6.6 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
87%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
84%
87% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
90%
79% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
73%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
94%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
88%
87% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
15%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
76%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
83%
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?
87%
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?
22%
40% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
20%
39% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 3 dedicated spaces for Music and an Auditorium
This school has 2 licensed arts teachers in Theater
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
2%
10% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
17%
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
1.76
2.0 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.01
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.67
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.05
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
1.92
2.8 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
1.84
2.2 Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
80%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
94%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
93%
89% Citywide Average
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