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P.S. 150

Grades: Pre-K, K-5
Staff Pick
334 Greenwich Street
Manhattan NY 10013
Phone: 212-732-4392
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What’s Special

Singapore math and projects that integrate science and social studies

The Downside

No gym or cafeteria, only one class per grade

Tucked away at the top of a steep flight of stairs in Tribeca, tiny PS 150 offers solid academics including a demanding math program, hands-on science and plenty of field trips. The school's small size (with just one class per grade), super-involved parents and vibrant arts-infused academics set it apart from many large Manhattan schools.

PS 150 uses Math in Focus, a sophisticated and fast-paced approach that encourages student to solve multi-step problems. Math in Focus is based on the math curriculum used in Singapore, an island nation known for high levels of math achievement. Math in Focus covers fewer topics than most programs used in the United States and strives to make sure students understand one concept before they go on to the next. The program is aligned to the new state Common Core standards, which accelerate math instruction by about a year.

“We wanted to do what Asian countries do — take a few concepts and study them in depth,” said Principal Jenny Bonnet.”

Teachers told us they like the math program because it provides difficult problems for strong students while offering lots of support for those who are struggling. We saw a class in which children worked on the same math problem but received different amounts of guidance: Strong students attacked the problem on their own, others received clues to help them get started and still others worked closely with the teacher, who offered more step-by-step help.

Children have semester-long projects (called units of study) that integrate science, social studies, reading and writing. For example, 2nd-graders study snakes—visiting the Central Park Zoo, observing snakes housed in a tank in their classroom, and reading books and writing essays about snakes. Other classes study bakeries, farm animals, New York City transportation, immigration, bridges, Colonial New York, and Lewis and Clark’s expedition.

Children travel to Frost Valley to take a closer look at animals, rocks and minerals; they sail on the Clearwater to learn more about the water cycle. “We do a lot of field trips and experiments,” said a student. Units of study culminate twice a year in school-wide presentations and discussion forums.

Visiting artists integrate storytelling, opera, puppetry and architecture into the school’s own art and music programs, according to the city’s Quality Review. Technology is integrated as seamlessly into the academics as the arts. During a 5th-grade science class we observed, students took notes on iPads as they watched a movie about nutrition called "Super Size Me," after which they participated in an experiment on carbohydrates and recorded their findings on laptops. A child mentioned that a study of the rock cycle culminated in student-made podcasts. Grades 3-5 visit the small basement science lab that doubles as a library three times a week.

Bonnet replaced long-time principal Maggie Siena in March 2012. Bonnet was academic director at the Special Music School — another small school with only one class per grade — and is a graduate of Hunter College.

There is no lunchroom but kids eat a delicious family-style lunch in the classrooms or the music room. The outdoor courtyard of the apartment complex serves as the gym, and this space provides a welcome central gathering spot for families in the morning. Hula hoops, balls and other games are brought out during lunch, recess and gym.

Special education: Because of its small size, PS 150 offers Special Education Teacher Support Services (SETSS) but does not offer team-teaching or self-contained classes.

Admissions: Priority to siblings and students zoned for downtown schools PS 234, PS 89, PS 276, PS 343 and PS 397, with higher priority to PS 234 and PS 276 because they do not have pre-k programs. Remaining seats are filled by lottery with District 2 preference. (Lydie Raschka, October 2013; Clara Hemphill, January 2014; updated 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 2017-18 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
100%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
100%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
100%
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?
91%
78% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
6.3

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?
92%
49% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
95%
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
187
Asian
21%
Black
1%
Hispanic
11%
White
58%
Other
9%
Free or reduced priced lunch
12%
Students with disabilities
12%
English language learners
3%

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
96%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
8%
25% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Pre-K seats
18

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?
60%
26% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
60%
22% Citywide Average


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

Contact & Location

Location

Tribeca (District 2)
Trains: R Line to City Hall; 6 Line, E Line, J Line, N Line, Q Line, Z Line to Canal St; 4 Line, 5 Line to Brooklyn Bridge - City Hall; 1 Line, 2 Line, 3 Line, A Line, C Line to Chambers St
Buses: M20, M22, M5, M9

Contact

Principal
Jennifer Bonnet
Parent Coordinator
LAURA COHEN

Other Details

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

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