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P.S. 134 Henrietta Szold

Grades: Pre-K, K-5
293 East Broadway
Manhattan NY 10002
Phone: 212-673-4470
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Our Insights

What’s Special

Popular principal, art and dance programs

The Downside

Some kids miss many days of school

PS 134, a tiny school with many children with special needs, has a dynamic principal and a stimulating approach to the arts that expands children's curiosity in academic lessons.

The respected Studio in a School program is in the building full time and the teacher does a terrific job connecting the arts with classroom topics such as the environment and the Bill of Rights. Children take dance, theater and music lessons. The school has art and dance studios, two science labs, an auditorium and a good-size gymnasium.

Daniel Kim, former assistant principal at the high-performing PS 6 on the Upper East Side, has won teachers' trust and improved staff morale at the school since he became principal in 2013. "He respects teachers," said a longtime staff member. In a sign of confidence in his leadership, the Department of Education decided in 2016 to consolidate PS 134 and PS 137, an even smaller school in the same building, with Kim as principal.

Kim, who trained at Teachers College at Columbia University, asks teachers to go deep into topics and put their own spin on them. For example, students in one class examined differences in education in a variety of cultures, such as in Pakistan, in the memoirMalala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban. Another class read Rain School, set in Chad, where the community has to rebuild the school every year, and wrote essays comparing the African school and PS 134.

Classes are small and bonds are forged across age levels. Fifth-graders help pre-kindergartners in dance class, and kids help other kids solve conflicts in a peer mediation program.

A ten-minute stroll from the East River, PS 134 sits amid a tic-tac-toe of public housing that includes Baruch Houses, the largest in Manhattan. As the population in public housing has aged, the school enrollment has declined. Almost one-third of the children have special needs, almost one-fifth live in temporary housing, and families move in and out of the area frequently. Some kids miss lots of school and some exhibit challenging behaviors, Kim said.

When PS 134 lost after-school funding for pre-kindergarten in this working class community, only about a dozen signed up for pre-knot even filling one of the two available classrooms.

The building is quirky and problematic in spots with its missing ceiling tiles, loud fans in the cafeteria and echo-y gymnasium. In a creative solution, the gym teacher gives kids directions in a hallway space before gym class begins.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The special education population has doubled since 2006. ICT team-teaching classes incorporate kids with special needs, and small "self-contained" classrooms mix several grade levels.

The Henry Street Settlement Mental Health Center provides counseling and support to families.

ADMISSIONS: District 1 choice.(Lydie Raschka, March 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 2017-18 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
81%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
84%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
78%
85% 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?
77%
78% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
4.9

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?
34%
49% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
31%
48% 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 2017-18 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
297
Asian
11%
Black
22%
Hispanic
61%
White
4%
Other
2%
Free or reduced priced lunch
91%
Students with disabilities
40%
English language learners
9%

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
90%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
42%
25% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Pre-K seats
36

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?
18%
26% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
12%
22% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
19%
27% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
0%
17% Citywide Average


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

Contact & Location

Location

Lower East Side (District 1)
Trains: J Line, M Line, Z Line to Delancey St-Essex St; F Line to East Broadway
Buses: B39, M14A, M14D, M15, M15-SBS, M21, M22, M9

Contact

Principal
Robert Perales
Parent Coordinator
MIRIAM PETROVITCH

Other Details

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?
No

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