P.S. 87 William Sherman

Grades Pre-K, K-5
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What’s Special

Strong teachers bring the city to life with creative projects and trips

The Downside

Relationship between administration and staff could be better

Our Review

PS 87 has long been one of the most popular schools in District 3, known for its passionate teachers, active parents, and commitment to the arts. Parents chip in to plan fundraisers and help out on the playground, and they advocate for improving the quality of the food.

Hallways are filled with creative and inspired student work. Social studies units begin with the child and expand outward from "me" and "my family" to the neighborhood, city, state, country and world. Kids take trips to the Central Park Zoo, the botanical gardens and area museums. The school has a popular dual language Spanish-English program, designed to make children proficient speakers and writers of both languages.

Alas, the quality of teaching is uneven. Depending on the luck of the draw, your child may get a fabulous teacher—or one who is not ready for prime time. The staff is famous for its independence, or, depending on your point of view, its resistance to supervision. The school had five principals in a decade; one told us she left because some of the teachers acted as if they didn't need a principal.

Monica Berry, principal since 2010, has a rocky relationship with some the staff; according to school surveys, many teachers mistrust her.

That said, nearly all the parents who responded to the survey say they would recommend the school. "In a school this big you are bound to come across a few less-than-impressive teachers, parents, kids," a parent wrote on the InsideSchools website. "The classes are big, lunchroom is crowded, and the auditorium gets noisy—but this is a NYC public school. The experience for kids and parents, I think, mirrors real life. I highly recommend this school for families looking for a well-rounded education in life and in academics."

SPECIAL EDUCATION: SETSS (special education teacher support services) and ICT (integrated co-teaching) classes on every grade level. The school also has speech, occuptional therapy, physical therapy and counseling. 

ADMISSIONS: Zoned neighborhood school. Upon intake, a note is made if you are interested in dual language, but final decisions only occur once your child has been accepted to PS 87. No kindergarten children from outside the zone except siblings have been accepted in the past several years. (Clara Hemphill, web reports and school data, September 2016)

About the students

Enrollment
877
Pre-K seats
19
Asian
6.7%
Black
5.9%
Hispanic
14.6%
White
62.8%
Other
9.9%
Free or reduced priced lunch
9%
Students with disabilities
18%
English language learners
3%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
94%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
96%
94% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
6%
21% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
92%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
98%
88% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
6.9
6.6 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
69%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
78%
90% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
69%
82% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
87%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
99%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
100%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
82%
89% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
62%
65% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
87%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
94%
86% 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?
78%
43% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
81%
42% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 4 dedicated spaces for Music, Theater, and Visual 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 Spanish.
How many English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
40%
9% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
50%
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 self-contained students
3.05
2.4 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
3.05
2.2 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.46
2.2 Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
86%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
91%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
87%
89% Citywide Average
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Location

160 West 78 Street
Manhattan NY 10024
Upper West Side (District 3)
Trains: B, C to 81st St-Museum of Nat Hist; 2, 3 to 72nd St; 1 to 79th St
Buses: M10, M104, M11, M5, M57, M72, M79

Contact

Phone
212-678-2826
Principal
Monica Berry
Parent Coordinator
Sandra Guirguis

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

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