P.S. 110 Florence Nightingale

Grades Pre-K, K-5
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What’s Special

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

The Downside

No gymnasium

Our Review

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)


About the students

Enrollment
383
Pre-K seats
32
Asian
18.3%
Black
9.7%
Hispanic
42.0%
White
27.4%
Other
2.6%
Free or reduced priced lunch
57%
Students with disabilities
14%
English language learners
5%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
108%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
96%
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?
100%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
100%
88% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
8.0
6.6 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
83%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
79%
90% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
67%
82% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
75%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
98%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
88%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
87%
89% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
72%
65% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
85%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
86%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents say their child's teacher helped their child adjust to Pre-K?
93%
98% Citywide Average
How many parents say this Pre-K program helped them consider which elementary schools would meet their childrens' needs?
78%
92% Citywide Average
How many Pre-K parents say their child's teacher gave helpful ideas for how to support their child's learning?
85%
97% 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?
78%
43% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
70%
42% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 3 dedicated spaces for Music, Visual arts, and Media arts
This school has 2 licensed arts teachers in Visual arts (part-time) and Music
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?
38%
46% 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
1.79
2.0 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.29
2.4 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.71
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.43
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?
93%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
96%
89% Citywide Average
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Location

285 Delancy Street
Manhattan NY 10002
Lower East Side (District 1)
Trains: F, J, M, Z to Delancey St-Essex St
Buses: M14A, M14D, M21, M22, M9

Contact

Phone
212-674-2690
Principal
Karen Feuer
Parent Coordinator
Milagros Candelaria

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