P.S. 280

Grades K-5

What’s Special

Strong principal with high teacher and parent satisfaction

The Downside

No track record

Our Review

PS 280 opened in District 30 in September, 2010.  For its first year, PS 280 admitted students zoned for several overcrowded schools spread across Corona, East Elmhurst and Jackson Heights, Queens.  Beginning in 2011, the school began serving students in a newly established zone, expanding by a grade each year until it reached its capacity serving grades kindergarten through 5.

Located in Jackson Heights, the city's most diverse neighborhood, the school is housed in the former Blessed Sacrament School building. The school's founding principal, Lenia Matias worked at PS 24 as a principal intern as part of her training at the New York City Leadership Academy, the Department of Education's training program for new principals.  

In a telephone interview with Insideschools, Matias said that in developing the school she drew inspiration from the work of Brazilian educator, Paulo Freire, who believed that learning should lead to action. "Students need to be given the opportunity to use their knowledge and the curriculum should reflect the students' values," said Matias.

A partnership with the Jackson Heights Beautification Group helps students apply their knowledge in the real world, said Matias.  Students participate in activities sponsored by the organization including parades, publishing books of children's writing, and green initiatives to improve the local environment. College Board provides instructional support through an online program that teachers can access to develop lessons.

Special education: PS 280 offers self-contained classes and other services, including counseling, physical therapy and occupational therapy.

Admissions:  Zoned school. (Laura Zingmond, telephone interview, March 2010).

 

About the students

Enrollment
723
Asian
7.0%
Black
1.1%
Hispanic
89.9%
White
1.1%
Other
0.8%
Free or reduced priced lunch
95%
Students with disabilities
14%
English language learners
39%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
113%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
96%
94% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
11%
21% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
82%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
90%
85% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
3.0
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?
82%
79% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
80%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
84%
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?
83%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
86%
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
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?
33%
40% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
28%
39% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 2 dedicated spaces for Music and Visual arts
This school has 2 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 Spanish.
How many English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
5%
10% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
23%
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
2.02
2.0 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.5
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.82
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.21
2.2 Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
94%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
91%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
91%
89% Citywide Average
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