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P.S. 111 Adolph S. Ochs

Grades: Pre-K, K-5
440 West 53 Street
Manhattan NY 10019
Phone: 212-582-7420

Our Insights

What’s Special

Children speak 17 different languages

The Downside

School working to have kids speak in class more

As Hell's Kitchen gentrifies, PS 111, long a school that served mostly poor and working class children, is beginning to attract middle class families—particularly to the gifted and talented program started in 2013. PS 111 serves children who live in luxury high rises as well as those who live in housing projects.

"We have one mom who is a surgeon and one who is a waitress at the local diner," said Principal Ed Gilligan, who took over in 2015.

Some 17 languages are spoken here, including Spanish, Japanese, Arabic, Hebrew, Chinese, Urdu and French.

The school was calmer on our recent visit than it had been a few years before. The school once had a reputation for rowdiness, but the suspension rate has declined significantly. The middle school grades have been phased out, and now that the school only serves children in pre-k-5, it is more orderly. We heard no raised voices the day of our visit and teachers all had control of their classes.

The school has a beautiful playground, but the inside could use some sprucing up. A few of the classes seemed messy and disorganized, with piles of teacher's papers, books and notebooks askew.

Gilligan, formerly assistant principal at PS 184 in Brooklyn, wants to strengthen the writing program and encourage more class discussions—with more active learning, and less passive listening to the teacher.

"We want to see children, even in pre-k and k, talking more," Gilligan said.

There are three classes on each grade: one gifted, one general education, and one ICT (integrated co-teaching) class with two teachers and a mix of general education and special education students.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: There are ICT classes with two teachers, and SETSS.

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school. The school has room to spare and the administration is working to increase enrollment. Pre-kindergarten classes were under-enrolled at the time of our visit. (Clara Hemphill, 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 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

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Contact & Location


Hell's Kitchen (District 2)
Trains: N Line, Q Line, R Line, W Line to 57th St-7th Ave; C Line, E Line to 50th St; 1 Line, A Line, B Line, D Line to 59th St-Columbus Circle
Buses: M10, M104, M11, M12, M20, M31, M5, M50, M57


Edward Gilligan
Parent Coordinator
Anna Marie Capunay

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares a building with City Knoll Middle School
Metal detectors?

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

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