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P.S. 84 Lillian Weber

Grades: Pre-K, K-5
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32 West 92 Street
Manhattan NY 10025
Phone: 212-799-2534

Our Insights

What’s Special

Dual language programs in French and Spanish, lots of arts

The Downside

Test scores just average, some clutter in classrooms

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)

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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?
88%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
92%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
98%
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?
68%
80% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
3.9

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?
62%
51% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
69%
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
687
Asian
4%
Black
8%
Hispanic
31%
White
52%
Other
6%
Free or reduced priced lunch
34%
Students with disabilities
16%
English language learners
6%
Pre-K seats
97

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
94%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
17%
25% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

This school offers Dual Language classes in French and Spanish.

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?
11%
28% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
14%
23% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
50%
28% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
50%
17% Citywide Average


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Contact & Location

Location

Upper West Side (District 3)
Trains: B Line, C Line to 86th St; 1 Line, 2 Line, 3 Line to 96th St
Buses: M10, M104, M106, M11, M96

Contact

Principal
Evelyn J. Lolis, Ed.D.
Parent Coordinator
Anita Hauschild

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with MS 247
Metal detectors?
No

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

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