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P.S. 110 Florence Nightingale

Grades: Pre-K, K-5
Staff Pick
285 Delancy Street
Manhattan NY 10002
Phone: 212-674-2690

Our Insights

What’s Special

Diverse student body; lots of enrichment and after-school activities

The Downside

No gymnasium

PS 110 is a school offering solid instruction, a nice array of enrichment activities and good parent involvement. It draws a diverse group of students from across District 1 and is home to a district-wide gifted and talented (G&T) program. With only two classes on most grades, the school is small and has room to increase enrollment.

The tone throughout the school is calm and cheery. Theres a lot of student art, writing and math on display in classrooms and hallways. Teachers speak to children in conversational tones and find ways to keep students engaged and relaxed. In a couple of classes we visited soft music played as students worked on assignments; in few others we found children sprawled out on the rug or sitting on a couch quietly reading or writing.

For grades k-2, teachers developed their own English and social studies curriculum, which balances both fundamental skills, such as phonics, with more complex work. In the upper grades, teachers use Expeditionary Learning, where students study topics across subjects. For instance, when students study Native American culture in social studies, they tackle books about the Haudenosaunee Confederacy (a league of Native American nations) during reading and writing instruction. Writing is emphasized in all grades and students are taught to organize their thoughts and write multiple drafts to achieve a final polished piece.

On most grades there is one G&T and one ICT (integrated co-teaching) class, which has two teachers and serves a mix of general education and special needs students. Parents sometimes worry children might feel segregated by ability and there are some distinctions between the classes though all follow the same curriculum at roughly the same pace and have access to similar resources.

In G&T classes we visited, we saw a lot of discussions where where students flesh out what they learned with their classmates and challenge each others assertions, citing facts and references with ease. In other classes we saw teachers striking more of balance between tasks that reinforce fundamental skills with more in-depth projects and discussions. In all classes we visited group work was a staple of instruction and children seemed happy and engaged.

PS 110 is housed within a five-story building constructed in 1903, the same year the nearby Williamsburg Bridge was completed. The building has no gym, so physical education classes take place in an open area on the ground floor or in a multipurpose room that also serves as an auditorium. In addition to a small, nicely maintained yard, theres a public park adjacent to school that classes, including gym may use for outdoor activities.

Arts education is supplemented through partnerships with Third Street Settlement, the National Dance Institute, and Paul Taylor Dance Studio. Additional partnerships support programs in theater, creative writing, chess, cooking and tutoring on Saturday.

A free after-school program is offered onsite by Henry Street Settlement. There are also several fee-based programs in the neighborhood that pick up PS 110 students at the end of the school day and escort them to off-site activities. There is an option for late pick-up at 5:30 pm for pre-k student

SPECIAL EDUCATION: In addition to SETSS, there are ICT and self-contained classes for special needs students only.

ADMISSIONS: Open to students in District 1. Admission to the G&T program is determined through the citywide G&T assessment process. (Laura Zingmond, October 2016)

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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 2022-2023 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
0% Citywide Average

From the 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 2023 End-of-year Attendance and Chronic Absenteeism Report

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
84% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From the New York State 2022-2023 Assessment Database

How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
53% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
50% Citywide Average

What is the Pre-K like?

From the NYC Program Assessment (CLASS and ECERS-R) Database through 2019-2020

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 the 2022-23 Demographic Snapshot

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

From 2023 End-of-year Attendance and Chronic Absenteeism Report

Average daily attendance
90% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
40% Citywide Average

From the 2020 School Directories

How does this school serve special populations?

From the New York State 2022-2023 Assessment Database

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
30% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
23% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
21% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
12% Citywide Average

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

Contact & Location


Lower East Side (District 1)
Trains: F Line, J Line, M Line, Z Line to Delancey St-Essex St
Buses: M14A, M14D, M21, M22, M9


Karen Feuer
Parent Coordinator
Milagros Candelaria

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.

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