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Middle School High School

P.S. 19 Asher Levy

Grades: Pre-K, K-5
Noteworthy
185 1 Avenue
Manhattan NY 10003
Phone: 212-533-5340
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Our Insights

What’s Special

ASD Nest program for autistic children, solid academics

The Downside

Attendance could be better

Safe and welcoming, PS 19 sits in a mixed-income Lower East Side neighborhood not far from artsier, more progressive options. The mayor and the schools' chancellor have praised the school for its success in raising achievement, especially in kids from working class families; they improved more than five times the citywide average on state tests. In 2009 the school added a program for high-functioning children on the autism spectrum, called ASD Nest, but this has not fully stemmed a decade-long decline in enrollment. The school obviously serves its population well: The staff is stable, classes are small and the school reports almost no bullying. It remains to be seen how well it will draw newcomers as it adapts to a changing, increasingly upscale neighborhood.

Jacqueline Flanagan became principal in 2009 after serving as assistant principal and technology teacher. She brought uniforms and more structure and put in place daily planning time for teachers. From year to year she moves some teachers from one grade to another, to help them stay fresh and aware of what kids need as they progress through the grades. She runs a cohesive school: For example, all 1st-graders participate in the same reading lessons at about the same time. "I'm very organized, and I like to give my staff templates and tools," she said.

Pre-kindergartners start writing early and by kindergarten, children are talking about stories with a beginning, middle and end. Classrooms have blocks, games and dramatic play areas, but they don't look much used. However, there has been increased attention to providing children with project work and we saw more kids talking to each other and small group work on this visit. "It's not always paper and pencil," Flanagan said. "It is engaging, exciting, project-based learning."

Students who need help with specific skills like verb tenses or math facts are grouped together for instruction. Fourth-graders have extra science classes to improve their chances on the science test. The challenge here is that more than half of the students need assistance in all areas, but the staff provide extra time for reading, writing and math, as well as small classes and extra adults. We saw serious concentration in the language lessons that start each day and writing samples on display with drafts leading up to finished products.The progress here is remarkable given the school's relatively low attendance rate.

Parents may watch lessons and are invited to monthly assemblies performed by students on themes such as Earth Day, Chinese New Year and Black History Month. Third Street Music School provides music instruction after school. Special classes include Rosie's Kids, chorus, gym, library and Musical Mentors, in which Columbia University music majors volunteer their time to teach instrumental music.

PS 19 shares a building with Technology, Arts, and Sciences Studio, a middle school.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: ASD Nest kids eat breakfast and lunch in small groups and practice social skills until they feel ready to join others in the cafeteria. ICT (integrated co-teaching) classrooms mix special and general education students together in one room with two teachers. "Self-contained" classes are team-taught and serve just 12 students who have more severe special needs. Both ASD Nest and general education parents are active in the PTA.

ADMISSIONS: District 1 choice. (Lydie Raschka, October 2015)

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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

From 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
81%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
94%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
92%
83% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
0%
1% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
76%
78% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
8.8

How do students perform academically?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
48%
51% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
56%
49% Citywide Average

What is the Pre-K like?

From this school's most recent Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS)

Instruction: Teachers ask kids to explain their reasoning when they solve problems

From this school's most recent Early Childhood Environmental Rating System (ECERS-R)

Activities: Children explore art, music, sand/water, dramatic play and more
Language: Teachers talk and listen to kids in a supportive way
Interaction: Teachers ask kids good questions and invite back-and-forth conversation

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
249
Asian
6%
Black
21%
Hispanic
63%
White
7%
Other
4%
Free or reduced priced lunch
72%
Students with disabilities
37%
English language learners
3%

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
91%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
35%
25% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Uniforms required?
No
Pre-K seats
18

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
33%
28% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
29%
23% Citywide Average


For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Contact & Location

Location

East Village (District 1)
Trains: L Line to 1st Ave; 6 Line to Astor Place; 4 Line, 5 Line, N Line, Q Line, R Line, W Line to 14th St-Union Square
Buses: M101, M102, M103, M14A, M14D, M15, M15-SBS, M2, M23, M3, M5, M8, M9, X10, X27, X28

Contact

Principal
Jacqueline Flanagan
Parent Coordinator
MARIVETTE CRUZ

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with the Technology, Arts, and Sciences Studio
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No

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