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Middle School High School

P.S. 83 Luis Munoz Rivera

Grades: 3-K, Pre-K, K-5
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219 East 109 Street
Manhattan NY 10029
Phone: 212-860-5847
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Our Insights

What’s Special

Hardworking staff that builds up students academically and socially

The Downside

No funds for math or literacy coaches means strong teachers in classroom only

PS 83 was once known as a traditional school with solid academics and a somewhat rigid atmosphere. Now, it is warm and nurturing. Gone is the emphasis on test prep, and the tracking of students into "gifted" and general education classes. Longtime principal Frances Castillo said of the schools discipline policy, If kids make a mistake today, they know tomorrow is a new day. Tell the truth, and we start all over.

Some classes we saw were very interactive, while others were quieter and conventional. Students of varying levels are mixed in classes and instruction is geared to strengthening all students. Although there is no money for math or literacy coaches, more seasoned teachers set aside time to mentor younger ones in their area of expertise across grade levels after school. The aministration also created their own report card based on Common Core standards to help parents understand early on the level at which their child is functioning. At-risk students receive monthly progress reports.

Art, music, technology and science are offered once a week on each grade level and 90 percent of the teachers have had Common Core training. The school offers a full-day pre-kindergarten class in which children are expected to master their colors and numbers along with good social skills.

PS 83, which shares a building with the Bilingual Bicultural Mini-School, has opted to use the Ready Gen curriculum for literacy starting in grades 2-5. Lower grades study units created by school administrators that are grounded in Common Core principles. In a 3rd-grade class, the teacher read from a Ready Gen book while students followed along. Breaking mid page she asked, What is a vegetarian? Students then turned to talk with each other and tried to use the text to support their answers.

Math is taught in 75-minute sessions using Go Math. Science and social studies get integrated into reading time. In a 2nd-grade math class, students sat in a square on the rug as the teacher demonstrated the mental math game they were about to play. Students rolled the dice to land on a problem and solve it in their head with a partner. Once they told the partner the answer, the partner had to calculate whether they were right or not. If right, they advanced in the game, if not, they had to go back to square one.

The 4th-grade science class we saw seemed more teacher-directed. A teacher lectured with a worksheet on the projector, while students worked in journals on a unit about the vascular systems of plants. By 5th grade students learn how to take data and input information in an Excel file to make prediction graphs and are pushed in class to use notes from previous days for answers. Teachers can opt to spiral up with their 4th-graders to 5th grade for academic consistency if they see the need.

The PTA is very active, organizing annual carnivals and multicultural fairs. The school has upgraded technology so that every classroom has SMART Boards and computers. Classes often have two adults and a City Year volunteer. Teachers have additional work set aside for advanced kids and some students can be sent to a higher grade for a certain subject depending on the unit and the childs social skills.

There are three licensed doctors from Mount Sinai in school every day. The school has a basketball team (with cheerleaders) and is partnered with Randall's Island Park Alliance, which offers an array of activities from soccer to swimming.

Special education: PS 83 offers a spacious, colorful environment for self-contained classes with comparable manipulative learning devices and books.Bridge classes combine K, 1st and 2nd grade and then 3,4 and 5. Kids also receive RIT (Response to Intervention), SETSS and small group work. Students are mainstreamed for gym, music and pushed in for literacy where possible.

Admissions:PS 83 is a neighborhood school but there may be seats available for students from outside the zone and even the district, especially in the early grades, pre-K-2. Call the school to be put on a waitlist. (Jacqueline Wayans, December 2013)

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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?
82%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
85%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
94%
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 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
91%
78% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
14.9

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?
56%
51% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
49%
49% Citywide Average

What is the Pre-K like?

From this school's most recent Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS)

Instruction: Teachers ask kids to explain their reasoning when they solve problems

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 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
414
Asian
10%
Black
19%
Hispanic
69%
White
2%
Other
0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
87%
Students with disabilities
23%
English language learners
9%

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
92%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
28%
25% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

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?
24%
28% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
15%
23% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
17%
28% Citywide Average


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Contact & Location

Location

East Harlem (District 4)
Trains: 6 Line to 110th St
Buses: M1, M101, M102, M106, M116, M15, M15-SBS, M2, M3, M98

Contact

Principal
Frances Castillo
Parent Coordinator
Selina Melendez

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with the Bilingual Bicultural School

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

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