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P.S. 180 Hugo Newman

Grades: Pre-K, K-8
Staff Pick
370 West 120th Street
Manhattan NY 10027
Phone: 212-678-2849

Our Insights

What’s Special

Involved parents and a warm sense of community

The Downside

A few behavior problems

Ask parents what they like about PS 180 and they'll tell you about the warm sense of community, the pleasure of making friends with other parents, sharing babysitting and after-school pickups, and even having holiday meals together.

It's a place where parents of different races and ethnic groups seem to get along, where families of mixed races feel at home. The PTA organizes events to encourage parents to come to the school regularly—such as an early morning exercise class with a disco ball.

"I feel like I'm part of a community in a way I never expected," one mother said.

"You're greeted with a smile," said a father. "The teachers are accessible."

"We are traditional. We believe in homework, we have tests, a spelling bee," said another mother. "But we also have rugs and desks in groups."

PS 180 has three classes in most grades: general education, dual language (in which children study in English in the morning and Spanish in the afternoon) and team-taught (with two teachers, one of whom is certified in special education).

Class size is small: about 20 in the elementary school and 22 in the middle school. The quality of children's written work we saw posted on bulletin boards was good. Music and art instruction are strong. Second-graders swim at Asphalt Green.

Although the school was orderly the day of our visit, Principal Lana Fleming acknowledged that a few children with behavior problems had been assigned to PS 180 after having been asked to leave nearby charter schools. To help these children, the school has a full-time social worker and 12 psychology graduate interns from Columbia University to help these children.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school offers ICT classes. Physical and occupational therapists are contracted as needed.

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood, zoned school for grades k-5. PS 180 interviews students interested in the dual language program to ensure proper balance of Spanish- and English-dominant speakers. For grades 6-8, the school looks at students' 4th-grade report cards, state test scores and record of attendance and lateness. Top priority goes to continuing 5th-grade students, then to students living in the school's zone, and then to students and residents of District 3. There are frequent tours for prospective parents. (Clara Hemphill, December 2015; updated August 2016)

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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 the 2020-21 NYC School Survey

How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
91% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
32% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
84% Citywide Average

From the 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
1% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
82% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From the New York State 2021 -22 Assessment Database

How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
42% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
43% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
34% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
56% Citywide Average

From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
39% Citywide Average

What is the Pre-K like?

From the NYC Program Assessment (CLASS and ECERS-R) Database through 2019-2020

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 the 2022-23 Demographic Snapshot

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

From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
90% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
38% Citywide Average

From the 2020 School Directories

Uniforms required?
This school offers Dual Language classes in Spanish.

How does this school serve special populations?

From the New York State 2021 -22 Assessment Database

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
16% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
19% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
13% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
11% Citywide Average

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Contact & Location


Harlem (District 3)
Trains: A Line, D Line to 125th St; 2 Line, 3 Line, B Line, C Line to 116th St; 1 Line to 116th St - Columbia University
Buses: Bx15, M10, M100, M101, M102, M104, M11, M116, M2, M3, M4, M5, M60-SBS, M7


Jeneca Parker
Parent Coordinator
Maryum Delves Opa

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?

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

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