The Michael J. Petrides School

Grades Pre-K, K-12
Staff Pick
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Location

715 Ocean Terrace
Staten Island NY 10301
Mid-Island (District 31)
Buses: S53, S66, X14

Contact

Phone
718-815-0186
Principal
Joanne Buckheit

What’s Special

Warm atmosphere and continuity from k to 12

The Downside

Hard to reach by MTA bus

Our Review

A highly sought-after program that draws children from across Staten Island, Michael J. Petrides offers a warm atmosphere, challenging academics and the chance to stay at one school from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Housed on the grassy campus of what was once the College of Staten Island, Petrides is surrounded by trees and nature trails. Classes are largeup to 32 in elementary and 34 in high school. But children rarely get lost in the shuffle because the total enrollment of the school is small. Teachers get to know children well because they stay at the school for so many years.

Children are admitted to the elementary and middle school grades via lottery, and there are far more applicants than seats available. The school has 75 children in kindergarten and about 125 students in 9th grade. Many students stay there for 13 years, but there are usually a few seats open in the upper grades and a larger number of seats in 9th grade.

One big advantage of the K-12 model is that students can avoid the often-stressful middle and high school choice processes. "The next decision is college, and were going to hold your hand for that," Principal Joanne Buckheit said.

The school provides extra help to students who need it and also offers opportunities for more proficient students. One year, a high school math teacher worked with advanced 4th and 5th graders.

Middle school academics are accelerated. Students take the American History, Living Environment and Integrated Algebra Regents at the end of 8th grade, allowing 95 percent of them to leave middle school with some high school credits.

This enables students to take advantage of the school's many Advanced Placement offeringsand, unlike at some large schools, AP classes are not hard to get into. Similarly, its not hard to make the sports teamsjust about anyone who wants to play can make varsity. Petrides also provides many music and art classes.

Small group work seems to be a staple at Petrides, with most classes arranged to accommodate that. In an 8th grade English class students worked together on analyzing the Edgar Allan Poe short story, "The Telltale Heart."

Another advantage to the K-12 structure: High school students may work with elementary school students. But being with younger children also is a responsibility, one senior who had been at the school since 2nd grade told us. "They look up to you. We know we have to do what's right," he said.

About 90 percent of students go on to college, with most attending four-year schools and a significant number going to arts programs. Everyone applies to CUNY and SUNY.

Yellow school bus service is provided for elementary school students. Middle and high school students get MTA bus passes, but the school is not easily accessible by MTA bus.

Special education: Petrides has team teaching classes that include students with disabilities and general education students. It has added a self-contained elementary school class. The campus also houses a program for students with more serious disabilities, who, Buckheit said are included in the life of Petrides.

Admissions: Incoming kindergarteners are selected in an April lottery, with preference for students who have a sibling at Petrides in grades k-5. As class size increases and some students move, any openings through grade 8 also are filled by lottery. At 9th grade, Petrides adds another class and some students leave for specialized high schools, opening up additional space. These are filled by the Department of Education using the Education Option model, designed to ensure students with a mix of academic abilities. (Gail Robinson, November 2013)

About the students

Enrollment
1340
Pre-K seats
36
Asian
8.7%
Black
21.0%
Hispanic
22.6%
White
44.7%
Other
3.0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
50%
Students with disabilities
27%
English language learners
2%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
79%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
93%
93% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
17%
15% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
86%
76% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
26%
21% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
82%
88% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
100%
81% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
53%
57% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
12.3
5.1 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
94%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
91%
84% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
94%
82% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
81%
64% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
98%
98% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
96%
84% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
97%
83% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
66%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
79%
73% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
88%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents say their child's teacher helped their child adjust to Pre-K?
100%
100% Citywide Average
How many parents say this Pre-K program helped them consider which elementary schools would meet their childrens' needs?
96%
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%
100% 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?
44%
56% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
46%
52% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 7 dedicated spaces for Music, Theater, Visual arts, and an Auditorium
This school has 6 licensed arts teachers in Music and Theater

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
84%
73% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
48%
51% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
81%
72% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Spanish, Italian, US History, Algebra I, Living Environment
How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
78%
46% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
93%
91% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
The Michael J. Petrides School
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
91%
84% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
21%
36% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
3%
3% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
46%
45% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
59%
61% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
82%
82% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
0%
5% 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
2.3 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.21
2.2 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.86
2.2 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.26
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
2.28
2.7 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.29
2.5 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
88%
63% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
87%
83% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
92%
88% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
92%
87% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
74%
65% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Comprehensive Academic for New Students
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description

Comprehensive academic curriculum with an emphasis on performing arts and technology.

Comprehensive Academic for Current Students
Admissions Method: For Continuing 8th Graders
Program Description

Comprehensive academic curriculum with an emphasis on performing arts and technology.

Academics

Language Courses

Italian, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP English, AP Statistics, AP World History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Fencing, Football, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Bowling, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

Golf

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