P.S. 046 Alley Pond

Grades Pre-K, K-5
Staff Pick Staff Pick for Special Ed
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Location

64-45 218 Street
Queens NY 11364
Bayside (District 26)
Buses: Q27, Q30, Q88, QM5

Contact

Phone
718-423-8395
Principal
Stamo Karalazarides
Parent Coordinator
Donna Kodjapashis

Zone for the 2017-2018 school year. Call school to confirm.

What’s Special

Program for students on the autism spectrum, lots of interesting extras

The Downside

ELA scores lag those in math by 20 points

Our Review

High test scores, a well-regarded special education program and a commitment to inclusion are the hallmarks of PS 46. The school lets students make choices about what they read and write about and encourages them to have discussions. Teaching is lively and to the point.

The school is orderly with seemingly nothing left to chance. Bulletin boards provide evidence of highly organized assignments, even for kindergartners. All grades make extensive use of Thinking Maps, which are intended to help students visualize problems.

Stamo Karalazarides, formerly the assistant principal, became principal in 2015. She replaced the scripted ReadyGen reading curriculum with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. The result, she says, is that the school challenges its students more and sets high expectations for themandthe children have responded. "Kids are much more excited about school," Karalazarides says.

The TC approach encourages children to read whole booksrather than short excerpts in anthologies or graded readers. In a 4th grade class, students split into book clubs to read books of varying difficulty, but all set in a specific historical periodsmall town America between 1849 and the mid 20th century.

A 2nd-grade class broke into small groups to debate issues that piqued student interest, such as whether children should have homework over school vacation.

Classes serve students at a range of academic levels and use the small groups to better tailor instruction. All children with low test scores or in self-contained classes for students with disabilities receive individualized extra help, particularly in phonics and math computation.

PS 46 offers hands-on work in science and technology, having students create something, such as a Play-Doh recipe or a design for a bridge. Fifth-graders take robotics, and the school offers some instruction in computer coding.

PS 46 has a visual arts teacher, and a variety of music offerings including a string ensemble (in most cases parents supply the instruments) and an after-school band. Evening programs celebrate student writers and feature math games. Students all take a 10-week musical theater program offered by a teaching artist, and 2nd-graders go swimming at nearby park. "All year long, there's a lot happening here," Assistant Principal Stephanie Famoso says.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: PS 46 has three self-contained Horizon Program classes for students with autism spectrum disorders and three Academic, Career, and Essential Skill (ACES) classes for students with intellectual disabilities or multiple disabilities. Karalazarides says students from these programs interact with other student as much as possible. The schools also has ICT team teaching classes combining students with disabilities and those in the general population at all grade levels and some self-contained classes for students with disabilities. PS 46 moves students out of the self-contained classes into team teaching whenever possible.

ADMISSIONS: Except for children in the ACES and Horizon programs, PS 46 admits only students from its zone. (Gail Robinson, March 2016)

About the students

Enrollment
598
Pre-K seats
18
Asian
63.6%
Black
4.2%
Hispanic
13.6%
White
15.4%
Other
3.3%
Free or reduced priced lunch
49%
Students with disabilities
25%
English language learners
10%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
153%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
97%
94% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
6%
21% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
89%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
100%
88% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
1.3
6.6 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
83%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
91%
90% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
81%
82% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
74%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
94%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
89%
89% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
54%
65% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
93%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
92%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents say their child's teacher helped their child adjust to Pre-K?
100%
98% Citywide Average
How many parents say this Pre-K program helped them consider which elementary schools would meet their childrens' needs?
100%
92% Citywide Average
How many Pre-K parents say their child's teacher gave helpful ideas for how to support their child's learning?
100%
97% 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?
88%
43% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
68%
42% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 3 dedicated spaces for Music, Theater, and Media arts
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%
9% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
65%
46% 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
2.99
2.0 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
3.26
2.4 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
2.47
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.6
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
4.85
2.8 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.5
2.2 Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
89%
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?
93%
89% Citywide Average
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