P.S. 200 Benson School

Grades Pre-K, K-5
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What’s Special

A bilingual gifted program for Russian-speaking children.

The Downside

Over-crowding.

Our Review

PS 200 is a large school with a Russian dual language program and a gifted and talented program for Russian-speaking children, called Globe. In each grade there is a dual language class and a Russian gifted and talented class. Students learn to read and write in Russian. The city recognized the GLOBE program for its rigor and effectiveness, according to the Quality Review.

The school is quite large, and Principal Javier Muniz says his biggest challenge is over-crowding. The school boasts a full-size gym, a large auditorium, and a library and media center.

We strongly believe in the arts, said Muniz in a phone interview. We have a connection with Carnegie Hall and start children in 3rd grade with a recorder program, and they graduate into a band program in 4th and 5th grade. The school also has a specialized violin program students can try out for starting in 1st grade.

For high achieving students, the school offers specialized electives on Fridays. Students can choose from a variety of electives such as computer, art, robotics and opera.

More than 95 percent of parents feel welcome and say their students are safe, according to the Learning Environment Survey. However, there appears to be some friction between the principal and the staff. More than 50 percent of the teachers surveyed said the principal is ineffective and that they do not get the help they need with behavior problems.

Muniz said not all teachers responded to the survey and the complaints reflect a small number of teachers. We have no behavior problems. We have a strong behavior management team and guidance counselors, Muniz said in response. Muniz says the school is spearheading a behavior intervention program in the district, and sends teachers for teacher training over the summer.

Muniz became principal at PS 200 in 2008. He started his career as a paraprofessional, and worked as a teacher in PS 1 and PS 172. His first administrative job was as an assistant principal at P.S. 20 in Manhattan.

Special Education: The school has self-contained and ICT classes.

Admissions: Zoned school. The "Globe" gifted program accepts Russian-speaking students from across the zone first, and then the district if there are still spots. In the past few years the program has filled up quickly by zone applicants. There are meetings for prospective parents in the Spring and September. (Annaclaire Diianni-Miller, phone interview, July 2013)

About the students

Enrollment
1299
Pre-K seats
40
Asian
34.9%
Black
0.9%
Hispanic
21.8%
White
41.0%
Other
1.4%
Free or reduced priced lunch
79%
Students with disabilities
13%
English language learners
27%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
133%
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?
64%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
95%
85% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
8.0
6.6 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
78%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
85%
87% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
81%
79% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
84%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
95%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
75%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
79%
87% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
55%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
73%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
79%
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?
89%
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?
58%
40% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
40%
39% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 1 dedicated space for Visual arts
This school has 5 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?

This school offers Dual Language classes in Russian.
How many English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
1%
10% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
32%
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
1.92
2.0 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.7
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.7
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.14
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
2.86
2.8 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.03
2.2 Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
84%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
85%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
84%
89% Citywide Average
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