P.S. 335 Granville T. Woods

Grades Pre-K, K-5

What’s Special

Parents feel welcome and kids get lots of academic support

The Downside

Neighborhood is not the best

Our Review

FEBRUARY 2015 UPDATE:Karena Thomson, formerly the assistant principal at the school, replaced Dr. Laverne C. Nimmons in 2014.

2012 REVIEW:PS 335 has a nurturing atmosphere, stable leadership and teachers who work together as a team. Parents say they feel welcome and teachers say the principal is supportive and effective.

The school's test scores are well above the citywide average, a remarkable achievement considering that nearly all children are poor enough to qualify for free lunch.

The building is nothing special, but the tone is pleasant. The library is bright and spacious and every room has computers. Children walk two-by-two in orderly lines from their classes to the lunchroom. The school shares a building with a middle school, MS 584.

Laverne C. Nimmons,who has been principal since 2003, offers students an intense level of support, both for academics and for any social or emotional issues they may be facing. The school has three guidance counselors, a psychologist and a social worker. Teachers offer a positive approach to discipline: if a child misbehaves, teachers explain why he or she has done something wrong, but don't dwell on the problem.

Staff attribute their success to their approach to teaching, which involves very precise diagnoses of what a child doesn't understand, followed by help in a very small group of other children. Attendance is poor but improving: about one third of the students typically miss more than a month of school.

A downside: Staff say the neighborhood can be dangerous, and that parents insist their children go straight home from school and stay inside, rather than risk playing outside.

Special education: The school offers a range of services, including collaborative team teaching and self-contained classes.

Admissions: neighborhood school. (Clara Hemphill, interviews, January, 2012; updated principal February 2015)

About the students

Enrollment
281
Pre-K seats
23
Asian
0.0%
Black
77.6%
Hispanic
18.5%
White
2.9%
Other
1.1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
88%
Students with disabilities
18%
English language learners
4%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with MS 584
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
55%
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?
34%
21% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
90%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
97%
85% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
2.7
6.6 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
84%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
90%
87% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
87%
79% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
97%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
95%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
96%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
93%
87% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
50%
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?
100%
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?
29%
40% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
30%
39% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 4 dedicated spaces for Dance, Theater, Visual arts, and an Auditorium
This school has 2 licensed arts teachers in Music and Visual arts
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the 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
1.95
2.0 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
1.97
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.78
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.1
2.2 Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
83%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
93%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
92%
89% Citywide Average
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