P.S. 69 Daniel D. Tompkins

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

What’s Special

Collaboration and independence are encouraged; multiple programs for students with autism

The Downside

Increasing parent involvement is a work in progress

Our Review

One of the largest elementary schools on Staten Island, PS 69 serves the mid-island community of New Springville. It has G&T (gifted and talented) classes as well as programs for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and serves a range of students, including many with special needs.

Starting in kindergarten, students at PS 69 are encouraged to be independent learners. They keep portfolios of their work and reflect on their strengths, weaknesses and progress during individual conferences with their teachers. Across all grades, children learn to collaborate with one another, seeking out input from their classmates or working in groups. Teachers give students leeway to express their ideas in ways that make sense to them such as charts, mini-plays, PowerPoint and even creating lessons, according to the Quality Review.

Principal since 2007, Doreen E. Murphy has spent her entire career at PS 69, starting out in 1995 as a classroom teacher and later serving as an assistant principal. Murphy gets high marks for her leadership based on teacher and parent responses to the annual school surveys.

Students in grades k-5 participate in weekly enrichment activities that vary depending on students interests and talents. Each 13-week enrichment cycle culminates with students creating a final product or performance with their activity group. The school also offers dance, band, violin and community service opportunities. One group of students helped refurbish and restore a piano at an adult day program at the Sea View Hospital Rehabilitation Center. [photo of kids with therapy dog from school website]

One school-wide goal is to strengthen parent involvement. Participation has increased in response to staff efforts such as hosting workshops on topics of interest to parents, but its still a work in progress, according to the schools Comprehensive Education Plan.

There are after-school activities and a fee-based morning care program that allows parents to drop off their children as early as 6:55 am.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: In addition to SETSS and ICT classes, the school offers multiple approaches and settings for students with ASD including NEST, which follows an inclusion model, and Horizon, which offers self-contained classes for students who need more intensive support. A separate Intensive Kindergarten (IK) class serves ASD students with average or high aptitude. The emphasis is on developing social skills and self-regulation rather than academics. IK students who do well move on to a NEST kindergarten the following year.

ADMISSIONS: The school typically admits zoned students and siblings of current students. Admission to G&T is according to Department of Education standards. (Laura Zingmond, web reports and school data, July 2016).

About the students

Enrollment
960
Pre-K seats
18
Asian
16.0%
Black
2.2%
Hispanic
22.0%
White
57.9%
Other
1.9%
Free or reduced priced lunch
53%
Students with disabilities
24%
English language learners
8%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
106%
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?
11%
21% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
88%
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
8.8
6.6 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
92%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
88%
87% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
84%
79% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
69%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
87%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
92%
87% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
76%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
94%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
87%
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?
100%
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?
54%
40% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
49%
39% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 2 dedicated spaces for Dance 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?
5%
10% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
50%
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
2.2
2.0 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.59
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
2.04
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.41
2.2 Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
86%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
94%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
87%
89% Citywide Average
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