P.S. 33 Chelsea Prep

Grades: Pre-K, K-5
Staff Pick
281 9 Avenue
Manhattan NY 10001
Phone: 212-244-6426

Our Insights

What’s Special

Solid academics along with art, drama and dance

The Downside

Programs funded through grants may fluctuate

The enrollment of PS 33 has more than doubled in the past decade, a sign of its growing popularity. The school once served mostly low-income children from nearby housing projects, but now attracts children from townhouses nearby as well as children from across District 2.

The school has a gifted program, open to children who score in the 90th percentile on the exam administered by the city, as well as a general education program for anyone who lives in the attendance zone. Some parents say the programs seem to be divided by race and class: The gifted program has mostly middle-class white and Asian children, while the general education classes have mostly working-class blacks and Latinos.

Kids from the different programs take trips together to museums or the zoo as a way to build community, and the quality of teaching is strong throughout. The city rated PS 33 "well developed" (the highest ranking) on its Quality Review. The school has made progress closing the so-called achievement gap between rich and poor, the review said. Teachers encourage children to work both independently and collaboratively, to become resilient, and to develop work habits needed to succeed in college.

Private money raised from parents, corporate donors and granst is used to run the school's robotics program and to pay for instrumental music, chous, dance and theater. Fifth graderes were national chess champions in 2016. 

Student teachers assist classroom teachers in most classes, offering individual help to children. A recess coach uses music, songs, and games to help children learn how to develop self-regulation skills during their free time. New York University provides psychology interns who work closely with students with special needs. There are teaching assistants in grades K-2.

Cindy Wang became principal in 2015, replacing longtime principal Linore Lindy.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: There are two small classrooms for children with serious disabilities. On every grade, there is one team-teaching class that mixes up to 12 children with special needs into general classes. The school offers a variety of other services, such as speech and occupational therapy, depending on students' needs.

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school. Admissions to G&T is based on education department standards. The school offers spring tours. (Clara Hemphill, DOE data, August 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 the 2020-21 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
86% Citywide Average

From the 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
0% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
86% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From the 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?
50% 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 the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

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

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
92% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
26% Citywide Average

From the 2020 School Directories

How does this school serve special populations?

From the 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
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
28% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
17% Citywide Average

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

Contact & Location


Chelsea (District 2)
Trains: C Line, E Line to 23rd St; 2 Line, 3 Line, A Line to 34th St - Penn Station; 1 Line to 28th St
Buses: M11, M12, M14A, M20, M23, M34A-SBS, M34-SBS, M4


Chingchien Wang
Parent Coordinator
Hanne Kjeldgaard

Other Details

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

Zone for the 2019-2020 school year. Call school to confirm.


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