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P.S. 19 Asher Levy

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

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 2019-20 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
81% Citywide Average

From 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
1% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
80% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

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

What is the Pre-K like?

From the NYC Program Assessment (CLASS and ECERS-R) Database through 2018-2019

Instruction: Teachers ask kids to explain their reasoning when they solve problems
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 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners
Pre-K seats

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

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

From 2020 School Directories

Uniforms required?

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

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

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

Contact & 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


Jacqueline Flanagan
Parent Coordinator
Christina Sahibzada

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?

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