P.S. 111 Adolph S. Ochs

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

Children speak 17 different languages

The Downside

School working to have kids speak in class more

As Hells Kitchen gentrifies, PS 111, long a school that served mostly poor and working class children, is beginning to attract middle class familiesparticularly 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 teachers papers, books and notebooks askew.

Gilligan, formerly assistant principal at PS 184 in Brooklyn, wants to strengthen the writing program and encourage more class discussionswith 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 2016-17 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
40%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
76%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
71%
85% Citywide Average

From 2015-16 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
0%
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
82%
77% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
2.0

How do students perform academically?

From 2017 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
36%
43% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
39%
42% 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
395
Asian
17%
Black
15%
Hispanic
48%
White
17%
Other
4%
Free or reduced priced lunch
60%
Students with disabilities
20%
English language learners
12%

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
92%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
32%
23% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Pre-K seats
54

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2017 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
14%
21% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
9%
15% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
24%
21% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
7%
9% Citywide Average


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Contact & Location

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

Contact

Principal
Edward Gilligan
Parent Coordinator
Zaida Cosme

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with the New York City Charter School of the Arts
Metal detectors?
No

Zone for the 2017-2018 school year. Call school to confirm.

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