Paula Hedbavny School, PS/IS 278

Grades K-8
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A high-performing traditional school with a sweet tone

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Our Review

PS 278 has a gentle, caring atmosphere and an emphasis on traditional manners and values--in some ways reminiscent of the parochial schools Principal Lillian Reyes attended as a child. There's a focus on basic skills such as handwriting, phonics, and the conventions of grammar. Children wear uniforms, and some of the classrooms have desks in rows.

This high-performing school, founded in 2004, has become increasingly popular, not only with Spanish-speaking families who have long lived in the neighborhood, but also with newcomers.

Reyes, who became principal in 2015, says the policy on uniforms "levels the playing field" between well-off and working-class children. The culture of the school encourages children to get along with one another. "There's no place for hate," she says. "Everyone values everyone else."

Children take trips around the city: the Holocaust Museum, the Hall of Science, or dance performances at the 92nd Street Y. Middle-school students may attend Broadway shows.

For reading, the school has adopted ReadyGen for grades K-5 and the Scholastic Codex for grades 6-8--both scripted programs recommended by the state when the Common Core learning standards were introduced.

Once a week, a schoolwide enrichment program offers children a chance to mingle and be creative. On one of our visits, we saw students create backgrounds for a puppet show, practice a song for a musical and build Eiffel towers out of clay.

All teachers in grades 2 through 6 have been trained in the Salvadori method, a hands-on method of teaching children about architecture using math and science. One year, students visited monuments before building monuments of their own related to their study of the Bill of Rights. In another year it was skyscrapers.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: There are several self-contained classrooms, as well as Special Education Teacher Support Services (SETSS). A reading specialist serves as a mentor and coach to classroom teachers.

ADMISSIONS: Zoned neighborhood school. Parents may tour in the fall. (Clara Hemphill, December 2015; updated August 2016)

About the students

Enrollment
551
Asian
1.3%
Black
2.5%
Hispanic
78.4%
White
16.9%
Other
0.9%
Free or reduced priced lunch
65%
Students with disabilities
19%
English language learners
13%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
135%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
95%
94% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
10%
19% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
100%
76% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
27%
50% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
95%
84% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
100%
88% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
80%
45% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
1.0
6.4 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
100%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
96%
87% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
100%
81% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
79%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
98%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
100%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
100%
86% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
80%
60% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
70%
78% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
84%
82% 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?
46%
39% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
52%
42% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 1 dedicated space for Music
This school has 3 licensed arts teacher in Music and Theater

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
88%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
67%
59% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
87%
68% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I
How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
22%
28% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
95%
86% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Inwood Early College for Health and Information Technologies and Manhattan Village Academy
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
12%
6% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
54%
42% 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 ICT students
2.08
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.42
2.2 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.91
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.34
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
2.53
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.43
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
82%
69% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
77%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
90%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
84%
88% Citywide Average
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Location

421 W 219th St
Manhattan NY 10034
Inwood (District 6)
Trains: A to Inwood - 207th St; 1 to 215th St
Buses: Bx12, Bx20, Bx3, Bx32, Bx7, Bx9, M100

Contact

Phone
917-521-2060
Principal
Lillian Reyes
Parent Coordinator
Angelin Gonzalez

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

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