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PS 347 The American Sign Language & English Lower School

Grades: 3-K, Pre-K, K-8
223 East 23rd Street
Manhattan NY 10010
Phone: 917-326-6609

Our Insights

What’s Special

Deaf and hearing children learn American Sign Language.

The Downside

Middle school academics could be more challenging

The American Sign Language Lower School is based on the philosophy that deaf and hearing children learn best when they are taught together. A full-day pre-kindergarten program, small classes, and the chance to learn to sign language have attracted children from the neighborhood and across the city.

Built in 1908, the building that houses the American Sign Language School was formerly known as the School for the Deaf. Faced with a dwindling population of deaf students, the administration decided in 1999 to admit hearing children as well. The lower school has PK-8; the high school in the same building has grades 9-12. [Photo by DNAinfo]

All teachers are fluent in American Sign Language. There are at least two adult in each class, and instruction is offered simultaneously in English and ASL.

The school offers a “nurturing and supportive environment” with excellent pre-kindergarten classes, in which children “demonstrate sophisticated problem-solving and analytical skills,” according to a Department of Education official who toured the school for the Quality Review. “As the children progress towards the upper grades, however, there are uneven levels of rigor across the classrooms. In particular at the middle school level students are not being given tasks that are uniformly preparing them for high school.”

Admissions: Unzoned. The school gives priority to children who are deaf, regardless of where they live. For pre-kindergarten admisssions, contact Patricia Mollor: [email protected] Many of the hearing children attend for pre-k, then transfer to their zoned neighborhood schools for kindergarten. (Clara Hemphill, web reports, August 2013)


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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?
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
84% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
51% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
78% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
78% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2% 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?
79% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

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?
54% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
50% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
46% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
51% Citywide Average

From 2018 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
47 The American Sign Language and English Secondary School

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
32% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners
Pre-K seats

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

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

From 2018 School Directories

Uniforms required?

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

Contact & Location


Gramercy (District 2)
Trains: L Line to 3rd Ave; 6 Line, N Line, R Line to 23rd St; 4 Line, 5 Line, Q Line to 14th St-Union Square
Buses: BM1, BM2, BM3, BM4, BxM1, BxM10, BxM11, BxM18, BxM3, BxM4, BxM6, BxM7, BxM8, BxM9, M1, M101, M102, M103, M14A, M14D, M15, M15-SBS, M2, M23, M3, M34A-SBS, M5, M9, QM21, X1, X10, X10B, X12, X14, X17, X2, X27, X28, X37, X38, X42, X5, X63, X64, X68, X7, X9


David Bowell
Parent Coordinator
Cterry Acevedo

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the building with its Upper School
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?


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