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P.S. 7 Samuel Stern

Grades: 3-K, Pre-K, K-8
160 East 120th Street
Manhattan NY 10035
Phone: 212-860-5827

Our Insights

What’s Special

Edible schoolyard, swimming and music lessons

The Downside

Concerns about safety in the neighborhood

Every child at PS/MS 7 studies a musical instrument and swims at Asphalt Green. Children grow herbs and garlic and make pesto as part of the Edible Schoolyardprogram designed by restaurateur Alice Waters. [photo from inhabitat.com]

Reading test scores, while still below average, are improving, according to school data. A couple of top-notch teachers have won Big Apple Awards. The school is part of the Middle School Quality Initiative (MSQI), a city program designed to boost reading levels with a longer school day and special activities. Students get homework help and take part in sports activities with Union Settlementand Urban Dove organizations after school.

The schools serves a needy population. About one-third of the pupils live in temporary housing, according to the schools yearly plan, and many live in public housing nearby.Attendance is a challenge, and teachers struggle to maintain order in classrooms, according to school surveys.

Although most middle school pupils report feeling safe inside the building, a majority of teachers say the neighborhood is unsafe, according to surveys. The neighborhood has one of the highest concentrations of public housing developments in the city.

David Graeber, formerly a literacy coach at MS 126 in Brooklyn, became principal in 2016. PS/MS 7 shares the building with Global Technology Prep, a middle school opened in 2009.

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, August 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?
19%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
70%
84% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
62%
51% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
50%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
42%
80% Citywide Average

From 2016-17 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
1%
3% 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?
85%
78% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
1.1

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?
64%
49% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
47%
48% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
7%
42% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
34%
50% Citywide Average

From 2018 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Living Environment

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
20%
30% Citywide Average

What is the Pre-K like?

From this school's most recent Early Childhood Environmental Rating System (ECERS-R)

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 2017-18 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
357
Asian
3%
Black
28%
Hispanic
66%
White
3%
Other
2%
Free or reduced priced lunch
91%
Students with disabilities
27%
English language learners
13%

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
90%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
39%
22% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Uniforms required?
Yes
Pre-K seats
18
3-K seats
15

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?
30%
21% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
19%
21% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
27%
24% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
17%
15% Citywide Average


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

Contact & Location

Location

East Harlem (District 4)
Trains: 6 Line to 116th St; 4 Line, 5 Line to 125th St
Buses: Bx15, M1, M100, M101, M102, M103, M116, M15, M15-SBS, M35, M60-SBS, M98

Contact

Principal
Christine Vanzetta
Parent Coordinator
MAGDALINA ABRAHAM

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with Global Technology Prep
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No

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

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