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PS 241 STEM Institute of Manhattan

Grades: K-5
240 West 113 Street
Manhattan NY 10026
Phone: 212-678-2898
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Our Insights

What’s Special

Kids learn computer programming and basic engineering

The Downside

Problems persist, despite improvements in school tone

A long-troubled school, PS 241 has made modest progress under the leadership of Marcia Hendricks, who became principal in 2014. Discipline has improved, teachers are happier, and enrollment is increasing. On our visit, the atmosphere was warm and the children seemed content.

Known as the STEM Institute of Manhattan, the school has an engineering teacher who helps children design model windmills, build bridges with LEGOs, or build "houses" of styrofoam and toothpicks for the "Three Little Pigs" to see which material is stronger. Each child gets a laptop computer, and there is a nice Mac lab. Children learn computer coding, including languages such as HTML. Children spend five periods a week studying engineering and computer technology.

Still, the school is battered by huge challenges. Though the enrollment is higher than it was when Hendricks arrived, it has declined by more than two-thirds since 2006, when competition from charters in the neighborhood began to lure children from traditional public schools. The Department of Education has periodically threatened to close the school for low enrollment and poor academic performance. More than 80 percent of the children zoned for PS 241 attend other schools. PS 241 had one class on each grade and just 18 children in kindergarten at the time of our visit. One-fifth of the children are homeless, and one-quarter are chronically absent, missing more than one month of school, according to Department of Education statistics.

PS 241 shares a cheery, well-maintained 1938 building with Harlem Success Academy 4, a charter school known for its sky-high test scores, strict disciplinary practices, and aggressive marketing campaign; and Opportunity Charter School, which serves children in grades 6-12, including many with special needs. PS 241 takes up just half of a corridor on the building's second floor. Like her colleagues at many district schools, Hendricks says she receives transfers from Harlem Success Academy, including some who cannot conform to the charter's strict expectations for discipline.

Hendricks, who began her career as a para-professional and teacher in District 5 in Harlem, worked as a principal intern at PS 21 in Queens before coming to PS 241. District 3 Superintendent Ilene Altschul said in her 2015 Quality Review that there has been "an improvement in culture" at the school and "teachers feel respected and valued." Every teacher responding to the school survey in 2016 said the principal is an effective leader. In 2014, only 29 percent of teachers answering the school survey said the school was orderly and disciplined; by 2016, that number was up to 56 percenta marked improvement, though still well below the citywide average.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: More than one-third of PS 241 pupils receive special education services. The school has two self-contained classes for children with special needs and several team-taught classes that mix special needs and general education pupils with two teachers.

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school. The school has frequent tours and welcomes children from outside the attendance zone. Children who enroll get a free book bag, a hoodie with the school logo, two long sleeved shirts and two short sleeved t-shirts. (Clara Hemphill, March 2017)

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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 2017-18 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
84%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
74%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
74%
85% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
47%
78% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
3.7

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?
23%
49% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
27%
48% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2017-18 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
134
Asian
3%
Black
54%
Hispanic
33%
White
9%
Other
2%
Free or reduced priced lunch
93%
Students with disabilities
34%
English language learners
17%

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
92%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
32%
25% Citywide Average

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?
8%
26% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
0%
22% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
20%
27% Citywide Average


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

Contact & Location

Location

Harlem (District 3)
Trains: B Line, C Line to Cathedral Parkway-110th St; 2 Line, 3 Line to Central Park North-110th St
Buses: M1, M10, M11, M116, M2, M3, M4, M7

Contact

Principal
Marcia Hendricks
Parent Coordinator
MICHELLE PEREZ

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with Success Academy Harlem 4 Charter School and the Opportunity Charter School
Metal detectors?
No

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

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