PS 290 A.C.E. Academy for Scholars at the Geraldine Ferraro Campus

Grades Pre-K, K-5

What’s Special

New school off to a good start; move to new building

The Downside

No budget for guidance counselors or school aides

Our Review

SEPTEMBER 2014 UPDATE: Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott and Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan announced that PS 290 A.C.E. Academy for Scholarsin Queens was renamed the Geraldine A. Ferraro Campus, after the first female vice presidential candidate and three-term congresswoman of the Ninth District. The campus opened in September 2014 and the new building is located just a few blocks from the late congresswomans district office. The school is located in Ridgewood but the school's zone is in Maspeth.

FEBRUARY 2012: PS 290, opened in September 2010 to relieve overcrowding in neighboring schools, seems to be off to a good start. Parents and teachers are enthusiastic, according to the Learning Environment Survey. For now, the school is housed in shared space in a large middle school, IS 73, but plans are in the works for a new building, due to open in 2013. (See photo above of the architect's drawing.)

The administration seems to have a good plan for the school, which will add a grade each year until it serves K-5. The school offers a demanding and traditional math curriculum called Singapore Math as well as dance, music, art and the chance for creative play with puppets, according to the Comprehensive Education Plan (CEP). Instead of a regular social studies curriculum, the school offers "global connections," designed to make children think about the world around them. Small classes allow for individual attention. the schools offers both a gifted and talented program and special education services.

While PS 290 is housed in IS 73, space is a challenge. The school must work out times for children to use the gym or the cafeteria, for example. Because the school is small, it doesn't yet have the budget for guidance counselors or school aides, according to the CEP.

Admissions: When it opened, PS 290 was open to children from throughout District 24 but it became a zoned school when it moved to the new building in 2014. (Clara Hemphill, February 2012; updated admissions, 2014)

About the students

Enrollment
546
Pre-K seats
36
Asian
18.3%
Black
3.1%
Hispanic
45.8%
White
30.2%
Other
2.6%
Free or reduced priced lunch
66%
Students with disabilities
9%
English language learners
7%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
79%
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?
9%
21% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
57%
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
6.0
6.6 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
54%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
80%
87% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
48%
79% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
57%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
63%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
71%
87% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
64%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
78%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
93%
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?
95%
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?
67%
40% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
59%
39% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 6 dedicated spaces for Music, Theater, Visual arts, and an Auditorium
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?
8%
10% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
11%
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
2.24
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.31
2.2 Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
81%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
86%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
82%
89% Citywide Average
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