P.S. 130 The Parkside

Grades Pre-K, K-5
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What’s Special

Diversity; rich arts programming

The Downside

No gym

Our Review

As Brooklyn has gentrified, many schools' enrollments have shifted from mostly working-class children of color to mostly white children of professionals. PS 130 is home to an experiment designed to preserve the racial balance for which the school is proud.

When the city proposed building a new school on the other side of Fort Hamilton Parkway, PS 130 parents were concerned that their community would be divided: One side of the parkway is mostly professional families, while the other side is mostly working-class. If the PS 130 attendance zone were cut in two, all the children from one group would go to one school; all the children from the other would go to the other.

So, with the help of their local city councilman and the Community Education Council, they came up with a plan: PS 130 would continue to serve all the children in the zone from Pre-K to 2nd grade. And, then when the new MS 839 building at 713 Caton Avenue opened in September 2015, grades 3-5 of PS 130 moved there.

"The grades and classes will remain diverse, all kids will benefit from the new facilities, and the school community will remain united," said city councilman Brad Lander, who backed the plan.

Many speak a language other than English at home, including Spanish, Cantonese, Haitian Creole, Urdu and Bengali. The administration has long worked hard to teach children of different groups to resolve conflicts peacefully.

As part of a program called the Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility, children volunteer to be "mediators" who work with their peers to help them get along better.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school offers occupational and speech therapy and a resource room is staffed by a psychologist and guidance counselors. There is at least one Integrated Co-Teaching class on each grade. These classes mix children with disabilities and children in general education in one room, with two teachers, one certified in special education.

ADMISSIONS: Zoned neighborhood school. Many of P.S. 130's graduates go to large District 15 middle schools: MS 51 and MS 88. (Clara Hemphill, web reports and school data, August 2016)

About the students

Enrollment
806
Pre-K seats
72
Asian
19.5%
Black
6.3%
Hispanic
25.4%
White
42.3%
Other
6.5%
Free or reduced priced lunch
100%
Students with disabilities
19%
English language learners
13%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
Grades 3-5 share the MS 839 building.
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
146%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
96%
94% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
9%
21% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
86%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
98%
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?
86%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
86%
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?
68%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
93%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
86%
87% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
73%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
94%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
86%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents say their child's teacher helped their child adjust to Pre-K?
97%
97% Citywide Average
How many parents say this Pre-K program helped them consider which elementary schools would meet their childrens' needs?
94%
91% Citywide Average
How many Pre-K parents say their child's teacher gave helpful ideas for how to support their child's learning?
91%
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?
42%
40% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
49%
39% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 2 dedicated spaces for Music and an Auditorium
This school has 2 licensed arts teachers in Music 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?
5%
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 self-contained students
2.39
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.53
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
2.86
2.8 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.23
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?
96%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
94%
89% Citywide Average
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