P.S. 222 Fire Fighter Christopher A. Santora School

Grades Pre-K, K-2

What’s Special

Dual language program for very young students

The Downside

No gym or auditorium

Our Review

PS 222 is an early childhood school serving pre-kindergarten through 2nd grade. It opened in 2002 and is named after a fire fighter who died on 9/11. Each year on that date children take a walk to honor the fire fighter, wearing red hats and t-shirts with his image [see photo from school website].

In addition to traditional classes, the school offers a dual-language program with instruction in Spanish and English on alternate days and begins in pre-kindergarten. All children receive lessons in music, theater and the visual arts. A resident artist works with classes as part of a program called Studio in a School.

The school has small "enrichment" classes, led by teachers based on their skills and passions. Children choose a theme from an array of choices. The faculty includes 14 classroom teachers, and other teachers who specialize in non-core subjects like drama, music and gym, as well as an English as a Second Language teacher, a speech teacher, a literacy coach and a special education teacher who works with children in their regular classrooms.

On the Learning Environment Survey, most teachers say order and discipline are maintained, yet 57 percent say there isn't a person or program to help students resolve conflicts.

There is no formal schoolyard, so a second-floor roof outfitted with climbing equipment doubles as a playground. The multi-purpose room serves as a gym, lunchroom, auditorium and special events venue.

Special education: The building is accessible to students who use wheelchairs. Students with special needs, including a handful from District 75, a citywide district for children with disabilities, are included in general education classes. There is a self-contained classroom for children with serious special needs.

Admissions: Neighborhood school. There is a waiting list for the pre-K program. After 2nd grade, students move on to other elementary schools in the area including PS 69, PS 212 and PS 149. (Lydie Raschka, web reports and school data, August 2014)

About the students

Enrollment
291
Pre-K seats
40
Asian
16.5%
Black
1.0%
Hispanic
72.5%
White
8.3%
Other
1.7%
Free or reduced priced lunch
79%
Students with disabilities
12%
English language learners
29%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
162%
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?
22%
21% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
79%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
100%
85% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
9.0
6.6 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
80%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
90%
87% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
80%
79% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
81%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
73%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
90%
87% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
82%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
89%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
90%
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?
94%
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?
55%
40% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
53%
39% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 0 dedicated spaces for the arts.
This school has 2 licensed arts teachers in Theater and Visual arts
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 Spanish.

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
90%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
90%
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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