P.S. 193 Gil Hodges

Grades Pre-K, K-5
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What’s Special

The extensive gifted programs attract bright kids and active parents.

The Downside

Limited space in after-school and pre-K programs.

Our Review

It is half past eight in the morning, and two 3rd grade boys sit side by side in the main office, quizzing each other on word puzzles, suppressing giggles. They are waiting to be summoned to read out the morning announcements over the loudspeaker. After the Pledge of Allegiance and just before the announcements end, the school credo will be recited loud and clear for everyone to hear: Be respectful and be nice. Outside the office, there is a wall covered with colorful notes with the names and accomplishments of children who have followed the credo. Today, students are taking turns presenting their science fair projects. A boy rises hesitantly to give his speech. The class is told to be respectful and they are, as they patiently wait for him to get ready and later sit quietly by as he explains the functions of the lungs.

Frank Cimino, the principal of P.S. 193, the Gil Hodges School, explains that the school motto has a unifying effect on the school. Most of the students that attend P.S. 193 are from outside the school's zone and often times outside the district. As many of the Orthodox Jewish households in the area opt for private schooling for their children, P.S. 193 is left with plenty of seats to offer potential students from outside the area. [Cimino retired in 2013. His successor is Tami Flynn, who worked as an administrator at the Department of Education.]

Another draw is the honors program, called CIG, which stands for Center for Intellectually Gifted. What makes CIG in P.S. 193 unique is that it offers different lessons, based on ability, within each CIG classroom. When we visited, one part of the class, the more advanced readers, were summarizing what they had read during silent reading. At the same time, another part of the class was receiving small group reading instruction from their teacher. This allows both groups of children to learn at their own pace. One CIG class is offered in every grade. CIG students from kindergarten to fifth grade receive foreign language instruction in French.

There is a focus on reading and writing throughout P.S. 193. Rather than just focus on experiments, the yearly science fair is used as an opportunity for students to learn how to research and write non-fiction. Students are instilled from the beginning with what the principal calls the "read, close, think, write" formula, coaxing them to think about what they are writing before placing their ideas on paper. In addition to writing a research paper for the science fair, students must also create a board and present their work to the class.

Math at P.S. 193 is taught with the "Math in Focus" curriculum, which is a hands-on version of the Singapore Method. Students are encouraged to come up with their own math problems after the lesson is over and share them with their peers.

Arts offerings at the school are limited. A music teacher works with students on their class plays. The school has a 110 student chorus and an 18-student drum corps for 4th and 5th graders, both of which meet after school. The school participates in the "Music Memory Competition" where 4th and 5th grader learn about composers and classical music.

Gym is once a week. Recess is during lunch, plus two extra recess periods a week for students in grades K-2. The school offers various parent workshops, including ones about the middle school application process and the school's Math in Focus curriculum. The PTA is active, if small. Many of the classrooms are equipped with computers. The school is in the midst of upgrading computer circuits and received a grant to purchase new technology.

After-school: The school offers an extended day program, as well as after-school homework help, physical education, arts and crafts, mosaics, and puppetry. P.S. 193 is affiliated with the Council for the Arts and the Theatrical After-School Adventures Program.

Middle school: Fifth graders graduating from the school often go to Andries Hudde, J.H.S. 234 Arthur W. Cunningham, I.S. 239 Mark Twain School for the Gifted & Talented, J.H.S. 78 Roy H. Mann, and J.H.S. 278 Marine Park.

Special education: P.S. 193 has a dedicated speech room with two full time speech professionals, along with a dedicated physical therapy room. The school has both self-contained and ICT classes. Special education students in the ICT classes are indistinguishable from general education students. Parents we spoke with felt comfortable having their special needs children at the school.

Admissions: P.S. 193 is a zoned school, though a majority of the students come from outside its zone. The CIG program is open to District 22 students only, and admission is determined by the citywide elementary school gifted and talented exams. (Eliana Mascio, April 2012; Lydie Raschka, new principal update December 2014)

About the students

Enrollment
803
Pre-K seats
18
Asian
17.3%
Black
45.7%
Hispanic
13.6%
White
17.8%
Other
5.6%
Free or reduced priced lunch
78%
Students with disabilities
19%
English language learners
20%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
117%
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?
15%
21% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
67%
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
2.9
6.6 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
50%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
63%
87% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
44%
79% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
83%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
55%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
55%
87% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
33%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
39%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
54%
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?
38%
40% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
46%
39% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 2 dedicated spaces for Dance and Visual arts
This school has 1 licensed arts teacher in Music (part-time)
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?
11%
10% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
39%
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
2.08
2.0 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.02
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.97
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.07
2.2 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.71
2.2 Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
62%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
77%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
76%
89% Citywide Average
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