P.S. 290 Juan Morel Campos

Grades Pre-K, K-5

What’s Special

Strong leadership

The Downside

Space constraints, temporary buildings

Our Review

Since joining the school in fall 2003, Principal Willena George has overseen an overall rise in test scores at PS 290 (with a few dips) and she and her teachers have established a safe and orderly tone.School surveysshow that 100 percent of teachers feel George is an effective manager.Even with setbacksin 2013 test scores across the city plummeted when kids took harder testsher staff has been able to recover and regroup.

Twenty-nine percent of the students were proficient (scoring a level 3 or 4, out of 4, on state tests) in 2013, but by 2014 that number had jumped ten percentage points. Twenty-five percent were proficient in reading in 2014, an improvement over the year before. While these scores are still average, the pattern since her arrival has shown that George and her staff know how to move the needle, even during periods of change.

Ballet Tech provides dance instruction and there is a visual arts teacher, but it seems like a drawback that a school named after Juan Morel Camposan important Puerto Rican composer, who started studying music at the age of 8does not have a full-time music teacher.

Space is also tight. A single, large room functions as the "gymnatorium," a gym, cafeteria and auditorium. Some physical education classes meet in classrooms, and a number of classes meet in two temporary buildings behind the school.

Special education: There are three self-contained special education classes and team-taught classes on every grade level.

Admissions: Neighborhood school.(Lydie Raschka, web reports and school data, September 2014)

About the students

Enrollment
537
Pre-K seats
18
Asian
3.5%
Black
23.1%
Hispanic
70.6%
White
1.3%
Other
1.5%
Free or reduced priced lunch
96%
Students with disabilities
21%
English language learners
21%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
132%
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?
23%
21% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
84%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
94%
85% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
13.0
6.6 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
83%
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?
73%
79% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
84%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
69%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
81%
87% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
34%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
86%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
85%
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?
36%
40% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
40%
39% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 2 dedicated spaces for Visual arts and an Auditorium
This school has 1 licensed arts teacher in Music
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

This school offers Transitional Bilingual Education in Spanish.
How many English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
11%
10% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
22%
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
2.11
2.0 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.39
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
2.01
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.46
2.2 Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
85%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
100%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
95%
89% Citywide Average
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