P.S. 84 Lillian Weber

Grades Pre-K, K-5
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What’s Special

Dual language programs in French and Spanish, lots of arts

The Downside

Test scores just average, some clutter in classrooms

Our Review

On a leafy street half a block from Central Park, PS 84 offers dual language programs in French and Spanish as well as English-only classes. The French program is growing in popularity: A second French dual language class has been added in the lower grades; as these children grow, these classes will likely make up half the schools enrollment. Each grade also has one Spanish dual language class and one English-only ICT class with two teachers and mix of general education and special needs children.

The school has a mix of children of different races, income levels and home languages, with no one group dominating. There are children from nearby housing projects as well as pricey brownstones. Children of nannies and bus drivers learn alongside the offspring of architects and lawyers. Add to the mix West Indian, African, French and Hispanic backgroundsand the school is a microcosm of the city. Half the children in the dual language programs are native speakers of English; half speak French or Spanish at home.

The atmosphere is relaxed. Children are free to talk and to move around classes. A rooftop garden provides an inviting outdoor-classroom where children plant and harvest vegetables and have hands-on science lessons. The playground and lunchroom are calmer than at many schools (and the food, with lots of fresh vegetables, is better than the typical lunchroom fare.) Some classrooms are a bit cluttered, and the level of student engagement varies, but the quality of childrens written work is good overall. Children and staff both seem happy to be here.

The school has a wide variety of community partnerships. Volunteers from the Jewish Community Center work as reading buddies. Enrichment programs are offered by Julliard, the 92nd Street Y, the New-York Historical Society and Magic Box productions (which teaches children to use cameras). An active PTA raises several hundred thousand dollars a year to pay for teacher assistants in most classrooms and enrichment activities. The school has a well-stocked library, with two part-time librarians, paid for by parents.

Longtime principal Robin Sundick, who established the French dual language programs and made the school more welcoming to parents, retired in 2015 and was replaced by Evelyn J. Lolis, formerly an elementary school principal on Long Island. Lolis, a native speaker of French (her mother is French and her father is Greek), has a PhD from Hofstra University and had worked the Reading and Writing Project at Teachers College. Anita Hauschild, the parent coordinator, and Assistant Principal Mary Acosta, both speak Spanish, so parents can always find someone at the school who speaks their language.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The schools English-only program is made up of ICT (integrated co-teaching) classes, which mix general and special needs children, with two teachers. There are also self-contained classes for children who need a smaller setting. Children with difficulties reading may get free after-school tutoring at the Stephen Gaynor School, a private school for special needs children.

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school. Children in the school attendance zone are guaranteed admission but those living anywhere in Districts 3 may apply. Native speakers of French and Spanish from outside District 3 sometimes are admitted off the waitlist in late summer. (Clara Hemphill, October 2015)

About the students

Enrollment
565
Pre-K seats
36
Asian
3.5%
Black
11.0%
Hispanic
40.7%
White
40.0%
Other
4.8%
Free or reduced priced lunch
47%
Students with disabilities
17%
English language learners
9%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with MS 247
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
101%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
94%
94% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
17%
21% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
84%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
97%
88% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
0.8
6.6 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
80%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
80%
90% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
74%
82% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
78%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
98%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
93%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
87%
89% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
71%
65% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
66%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
86%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents say their child's teacher helped their child adjust to Pre-K?
100%
98% Citywide Average
How many parents say this Pre-K program helped them consider which elementary schools would meet their childrens' needs?
89%
92% Citywide Average
How many Pre-K parents say their child's teacher gave helpful ideas for how to support their child's learning?
96%
97% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Test scores

How many students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
56%
43% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
57%
42% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 3 dedicated spaces for Music, Visual arts, and Media arts
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

This school offers Dual Language classes in French and Spanish.
How many English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
44%
9% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
64%
46% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
Average math score for ICT students
1.76
2.0 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.25
2.4 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.84
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.18
2.2 Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
78%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
81%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
78%
89% Citywide Average
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Location

32 West 92 Street
Manhattan NY 10025
Upper West Side (District 3)
Trains: B, C to 86th St; 1, 2, 3 to 96th St
Buses: M10, M104, M106, M11, M96

Contact

Phone
212-799-2534
Principal
Evelyn J. Lolis, Ed.D.
Parent Coordinator
Anita Hauschild

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