P.S. 267 East Side Elementary School
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Young school has earned praise for a quality curriculum
No library or auditorium, limited outdoor play space
Midway between Bloomingdale's and the 59th Street Bridge, East Side Community School is well placed for children to explore the city and its museums. Children go on frequent class trips, and The Friends of the Upper East Side and the New-York Historical Society help teachers craft lessons about the city and its neighborhoods.
Founding Principal Medea McEvoy greets children by name as they arrive near the main door each morning. She grew up next door, and her parents still live in an apartment overlooking the building. ("They literally watch over me every day," she jokes.) McEvoy taught for 10 years at PS 6, where her classroom was a Teachers College research and demonstration site.
Teachers are well organized; lessons in the older grades build on work done in younger grades. Teachers have a good system for working together, according to the city's Quality Review. In one instance, teachers created a special checklist to help struggling writers better evaluate their own work after examining student work and needs.
Opened in 2010, PS 267 is housed in the former Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital. The eight-story structure features a roomy lunchroom, large gym and elevators big enough to hold an entire class. The modern classrooms are equipped with SMART Board projectors, as well as sinks and water fountains. There is a music room, but the school lacks an auditorium; assemblies are held in the gym. The only outdoor spaces are a small courtyard off the cafeteria and a rooftop play area.
Student teachers, volunteers, paraprofessionals, and literacy interns help out in classrooms. Children learn to play chess and study computer science.
There is only one pre-k classroom, which tends to fill with siblings of older students.
SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school is wheelchair accessible. Every grade has one ICT (integrated co-teaching) class, in which two teachers lead a class with a mix of students; up to 12 have special needs and the rest are designated general education students. The teachers work as a team and at least one is certified to teach special education.
ADMISSIONS: Zoned, neighborhood school. (Lydie Raschka, DOE data and interview, August 2016)Read more