P.S./M.S. 194

Grades K-8

What’s Special

New, safe school built to alleviate District 11 overcrowding.

The Downside

Too early to predict whether school will be successful.

Our Review

PS/MS 194 is a brand new complex, built to ease overcrowding in other District 11 elementary and middle schools. Unlike many new schools, which begin with one or two grades and add others year-by-year, PS 194 opened in September 2003 as a full K-8 program.

PS/MS 168 is a "District 75" school for children with special education needs that occupies part of the second floor. The rest of the floor contains labs, and deans' and guidance offices. Another floor houses services such as speech therapy and programs to help English language learners as well as kids with difficulty reading. The combination of a clean, new environment and a pleasant, hard working principal is attracting battalions of parents eager, throughout the year, to enroll their children. Administrators check carefully to make sure applicants actually live in the neighborhood for which the school is designated.

PS/MS 194 has a state-of-the-art library, gym and auditorium. Every class boasts computers, while the art studio is equipped with light boxes. Soothing New Age music plays softly, and a "Learning Leaders" room is set-aside for parents helping students in reading workshops. We noticed a calm and mature conversation between a teacher and a student who was being told how to pull up grades by the next marking period.

Administrators apparently put a lot thought into getting the school off on a good foot. Food services made adjustments to accommodate the large Asian and Muslim population during holidays like Ramadan. And teachers with the strongest class management skills were wisely placed in upper grade classrooms, because administrators decided that older students transferring into the school could benefit from teachers clearly in control as they adjusted to a new setting and new rules. We observed students switching from one task to another with little fuss. Seventh graders were slightly louder than others, and a few dared to leave class without permission to go to the bathroom. However, the school's effective and organized school aides, who monitor hallways and lunchrooms, quickly shepherded them back where they belonged. The veteran aides help to hone the student's respect for the school and the adults in the building.

Some of the academic work we viewed, particularly elementary school writing, seemed a bit cookie-cutter. One bulletin board devoted to a class' study of the 1930's displayed The Depression News, which looked interesting until one read the clips - mostly identical in style and content.

A 3rd grade class we saw was another matter. When the teacher asked the kids to tell her what they had found difficult on an exam they had just taken and why, these fresh-faced kids responded clearly, with comments such as, "Two or three questions were really hard on the graphs, but I tried my best to figure out the right answer."

After school: In addition to test prep for 4th and 8th graders, the school offers chess and a basketball and flag football team for 7th and 8th graders. (Jacquie Wayans, January 2004)

About the students

Enrollment
1345
Asian
35.5%
Black
7.5%
Hispanic
50.3%
White
4.8%
Other
1.9%
Free or reduced priced lunch
100%
Students with disabilities
15%
English language learners
19%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
140%
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?
79%
75% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
35%
25% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
87%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
94%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
37%
46% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
5.7
6.4 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
85%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
90%
86% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
76%
79% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
83%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
88%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
87%
85% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
68%
59% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
72%
79% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
79%
84% 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?
38%
39% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
31%
40% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 4 dedicated spaces for Music, Visual arts, an Auditorium, and a Film Studio
This school has 11 licensed arts teachers in Visual arts (part-time), Music, and Theater

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
61%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
47%
55% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
58%
70% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
English
How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
20%
28% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
86%
87% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Herbert H. Lehman HS, Bronx HS of Science, and Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics
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?
5%
7% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
26%
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
1.77
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.08
2.2 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.69
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
1.98
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
2.01
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?
76%
69% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
85%
84% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
91%
89% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
87%
87% Citywide Average
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