P.S. 132 The Conselyea School

Grades Pre-K, K-5
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What’s Special

Diverse school with strong academics and enrichment

The Downside

No gymnasium

Our Review

Strong leadership, vibrant teaching, excellent arts programs and academic continuity are hallmarks of PS 132. In a rapidly changing neighborhood, the school community embraces children of different races, income levels and academic needs, including those in special education and gifted classes.

Solid wooden doors, neat-as-a-pin classrooms and separate boy and girl lines in the hallway speak to the past, while a purple cafeteria, classroom libraries, bright murals and live Komodo Dragons reflect the schools progressive bent--and are a draw for the neighborhoods artsy newcomers. This classic red brick school building hugs a large playground, designed with student input that includes a running track, climbing equipment, basketball hoops and an art zone.

Black, white, Latino and Asian parents arrive by bus, on foot and via bike, greeting staff in English or Spanish. A Harvest Festival, a Kite Festival, and band and dance performances bring everyone together. Principal Beth Lubeck said Black history, Hispanic history and talent shows are a few ways the school addresses its ethnic diversity.

The neighborhood includes Polish, Puerto Rican, Dominican, South Asian and North African populations. Rents have skyrocketed since the 1990s as artists, musicians and writers have moved in.

Strong, structured leadership-perhaps a tad off-putting to those parents whod like more say-may be part of the glue that holds everything together. A concerted effort is made to draw representatives from every group to the parent association. A Parent University offers evening classes such as yoga (with childcare) and homework, among other offerings.

Teachers were consistently warm and supportive on the day of our visit. Over the years, staffers have created their own reading program with activities based on books their students enjoy. The school was mentioned in a New York Times article as one of a handful of schools in the city adopting Singapore Math, with its emphasis on mastering each concept before moving on, after dissatisfaction with the Everyday Math program that the city had previously mandated. Students use a self-paced computer program for some lessons.

This school enjoys above average test scores without resorting to a narrow focus on test-prep. Prolific writing samples line the hallways. Samples are neat, with indented paragraphs, accurate punctuation and grammar. Children in gifted classes tend to write longer pieces but otherwise everyone tackles similar material. While classes are racially mixed, there are a disproportionate number of white children in the gifted classes (as is the case in most gifted programs in the city.)

The enterprising music teacher leads two bands and a joyful, focused recorder class. He takes his senior band on the road, performing in local events and parades, even Carnegie Hall. A Ta Da! teaching artist looked equally skilled as she prepared kids for a performance of Peter Pan. A dance teacher demonstrated African dance moves in a makeshift gym. Torn paper collage and watercolor landscapes from art classes decorate the hallways.

Some clubs require auditions or applications, like film, video, robotics and band, while others are open to all. In Cookshop, K-2 students learn to prepare food, while grades 3-5 help maintain a rooftop garden in Greenpoint, growing potatoes, basil and tomatoes. They also tend chickens.

Unfortunately, there is no gymnasium, only a multi-use performance space with padded pillars, a stage and folding chairs against one wall. Children go outside for sports in the spring and have some physical activities in the classrooms.

A variety of after school activities are offered two days a week and, for those participating in enrichment classes, or band, up to four days a week.

Special education: The school offers both self-contained classes (for special needs children only) and team-teaching classes (that mix general ed and special ed children in classes with two teachers. The children seemed unusually upbeat and happy in the classes we saw, and the quality of their writing was strong.

Admissions: PS 132 is a neighborhood school, but if there is room, some children from outside the zone are admitted to pre-kindergarten. For grades K-5, all children on the waiting list usually get in. (Lydie Raschka, January 2013)

About the students

Enrollment
698
Pre-K seats
72
Asian
7.3%
Black
15.8%
Hispanic
36.0%
White
38.5%
Other
2.4%
Free or reduced priced lunch
100%
Students with disabilities
10%
English language learners
7%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
114%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
95%
94% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
17%
21% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
63%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
100%
85% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
12.8
6.6 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
77%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
93%
87% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
77%
79% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
81%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
95%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
80%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
80%
87% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
56%
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?
88%
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?
84%
91% Citywide Average
How many Pre-K parents say their child's teacher gave helpful ideas for how to support their child's learning?
93%
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?
62%
40% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
68%
39% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 5 dedicated spaces for Dance, Music, Visual arts, an Auditorium, and a Film Studio
This school has 2 licensed arts teachers in Visual arts (part-time) and 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?
18%
10% Citywide Average
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
2.9
2.0 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.27
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
2.37
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.31
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
4.99
2.8 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.79
2.2 Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
74%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
84%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
79%
89% Citywide Average
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