P.S. 57 Hubert H. Humphrey

Grades Pre-K, K-5

Location

140 Palma Drive
Staten Island NY 10304
North Shore (District 31)
Buses: S53, S74, S76, S78, S86, S93

Contact

Phone
718-447-1191
Principal
Karyn Lind
Parent Coordinator
Tesha Barr

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

What’s Special

Nationally recognized environmental science program

The Downside

Poor attendance

Our Review

PS 57 has won national recognition for its efforts to teach children about the environment. Children grow fruits and vegetables in the school garden and built a greenhouse out of 1,500 recycled plastic bottles, according to a blog of the National Wildlife Federation. [Photo from NWF website.]

The school was named a Green Ribbon School in 2013 by the US Department of Education, Children learn about climate change, renewable energy, composting, recycling, gardening, robotics, and ecology, the blog said.

Science teacher Patricia Lockhart has developed "an eclectic science curriculum" that integrates environmental education with art, math, social studies and language arts, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, which gave her a 2012 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators.

Students visit nearby Eibs Pond Park, and learn how air pollution contributes to asthma and how poor eating habits contribute to childhood obesity.

"Patricia created a healthy children's garden at the school for students to grow their own fruit and vegetables and a butterfly and bee garden to attract pollinators and help students learn about plant and insect life," the EPA said.

Set across the street from long blocks of nondescript brick housing projects, PS 57 serves a mix of long-time residents and new immigrants from West Africa. In 2005, Lockhart traveled to Liberia to oversee distribution of a shipping container's worth of nonperishable food, clothing, shoes, and baby supplies that students in her school had collected. At the time, many PS 57 children had arrived from war-torn countries and some of them had never had formal education. Some had been orphaned by war and were living with members of their extended their families.

Despite the strength of the science program, the school faces significant challenges. Attendance is below average, and there appears to be friction between the administration and the staff. Forty percent of teachers say they don't get enough support from the principal, Sandra Harrell, and 45 percent say they would not recommend the school to parents, according to the Learning Environment Survey. [Harrell left the school in 2014 and assistant principal Karyn Lind was named interim acting principal.]

Special education: More than one-quarter of the students receive special education services, either in regular classrooms or in "self-contained" classes.

Admissions: neighborhood school. (Clara Hemphill, web reports, October 2013/updated November 2014)

About the students

Enrollment
714
Pre-K seats
67
Asian
4.5%
Black
55.9%
Hispanic
33.3%
White
3.8%
Other
2.5%
Free or reduced priced lunch
100%
Students with disabilities
28%
English language learners
7%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
91%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
91%
94% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
33%
21% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
65%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
81%
88% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
1.8
6.6 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
82%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
90%
90% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
86%
82% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
86%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
95%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
75%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
90%
89% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
50%
65% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
83%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
85%
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?
95%
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?
19%
43% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
26%
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?

This school offers Transitional Bilingual Education in Spanish.
How many English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
6%
9% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
46%
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
1.96
2.0 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.05
2.4 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.88
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.01
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
1.96
2.8 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.06
2.2 Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
92%
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?
89%
89% Citywide Average
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