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P.S. 116 Mary Lindley Murray

Grades: Pre-K, K-5
Staff Pick
210 East 33 Street
Manhattan NY 10016
Phone: 212-685-4366

Our Insights

What’s Special

Strong reading and writing, unusually thoughtful approach to homework

The Downside

Some large classes

PS 116 in Kips Bay places a high value on independence, choice and project-based learning for students. Acheivement is high in all areas, particularly in the area of reading and writing. Students live in a range of settings, from luxury apartments along Fifth and Park Avenues to low-income housing developments on East 28th Street. Proudly serving children in temporary shelters and the children of United Nations diplomats, PS 116 earned the highest possible marks on the city's most recent annual Quality Review.

Teachers strive to be sure every child is challenged and supported; during a math lesson, for example, some students will use easier methods to solve a problem than others. Relationships are tended thoughtfully here, both within and across classrooms. Working in small mixed-class groups, 5th-graders tackle daily "community challenges," such as using marshmallows and toothpicks to build the tallest structure possible, and different ages eat lunch together.

In 2015, staff and parents decided to eliminate traditional homework assignments and "rebrand" what students do after school. "PDF" (play time, down time, family time), as it's called, is flexible in that children may choose from a wide range of activities. Students design their own homework from a menu of choices. A younger child might play a game of chess with a parent, for example, or visit the park with a friend. An older child may write a poem about snow or measure the perimeter of a household object.

"My son was the kind of student who used to 'phone it in' when it came to homework," one 5th-grader's mother wrote in the Quality Review. "Now, he begins each week by mapping out his required activities, planning his schedule, and showing a true commitment to his own experiences."

One downside: Some classes are large.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: There is an ICT team-teaching class on each grade. Many additional supports include a reading specialist for one-on-one assistance, speech therapy, occuptaional therapy, and the services of a social worker and school psychologist.

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school. (Lydie Raschka, web reports and school data, June 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 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
97%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
100%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
97%
83% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
0%
1% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
95%
80% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
16.1

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?
67%
51% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
72%
49% 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 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
500
Asian
22%
Black
8%
Hispanic
19%
White
44%
Other
6%
Free or reduced priced lunch
32%
Students with disabilities
17%
English language learners
8%
Pre-K seats
54

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
95%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
15%
25% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

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?
29%
28% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
31%
23% Citywide Average


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

Contact & Location

Location

Gramercy (District 2)
Trains: 6 Line to 33rd St; 4 Line, 5 Line, 7 Line, S Line to Grand Central - 42nd St
Buses: M101, M102, M15, M15-SBS, M2, M23, M34A-SBS, M34-SBS, M4, M42, M9

Contact

Principal
Jane Hsu
Parent Coordinator
Victoria Ritter

Other Details

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

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

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