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Muscota New School, PS 314

Grades: K-5
Staff Pick
4862 Broadway
Manhattan NY 10034
Phone: 212-544-0614

Our Insights

What’s Special

Very involved parent body

The Downside

Small, cramped space with no room to grow

Founded by a group of parents and teachers in 1993, Muscota New School offers a cheerful, progressive learning environment with an emphasis on the arts. Parents are involved to an unusual degree: On our visit, we saw parents lead a visual art class, facilitate a group in drama class and read to students.

Kids develop a strong foundation in what it means to be a member of a community, a common thread throughout the school. Teachers use morning meeting, closing circle and school-wide meeting times to openly discuss how to build the community, solve conflicts and create shared expectations.

Children are taught, as early as kindergarten to speak up and express themselves, because how their voice is used is a part of learning, said Camille Wallin, principal since 2010. Discipline is not punitive, and rewards and punishments are not used. Each class spends the first six weeks of the school year outlining their hopes and dreams for the coming year. Kids help to create their own rules and come up with concrete ways to take responsibility for their actions.

Field trips augment the four big social studies themes children tackle each year. Second graders study transportation and visit the NY Museum of Transportation, for instance. Fourth graders visit Ellis Island during their immigration unit. "They go out into the real world for authentic experience," said Wallin.

Arts are integral to the overall school philosophy. Art class challenges you as a creative thinker so your artistic ability is going to be nurtured here, said Wallin. All students participate in dance, music, visual arts and drama with performance opportunities in each. The school has partnerships with Carnegie Hall, the NYC Student Shakespeare Festival and the mini, school-based Museum of Modern Art event, where each year kids create an original piece of artwork, which is then exhibited at the school and sold.

Under Wallins leadership, the school has boosted its test scores while retaining the qualities it has long been known for: creative hands-on projects, a progressive philosophy and focus on social and emotional development. This small school has two classes on every grade.

The school is housed in a four-story brick building, which it shares with Amistad. Space is tight, and classrooms feel small and cramped. The two schools work well together to improve shared use of the building, including the outdoor play area and library.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: All children with special needs are integrated into regular classrooms.

ADMISSIONS: Muscota is open to all District 6 families. Students are chosen by lottery and preference is given to siblings of students enrolled at the school. Parents are encouraged to tour the school. (Mahalia Watson, November 2015; updated August 2016 by phone)

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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?
95%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
95%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
100%
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 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
83%
80% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
9.0

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?
76%
51% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
80%
49% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
296
Asian
4%
Black
3%
Hispanic
46%
White
41%
Other
6%
Free or reduced priced lunch
35%
Students with disabilities
18%
English language learners
6%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
96%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
5%
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?
48%
28% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
62%
23% Citywide Average


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Contact & Location

Location

Inwood (District 6)
Trains: A Line to Inwood - 207th St; 1 Line to 207th St
Buses: Bx12, Bx20, Bx7, BxM1, M100, M4

Contact

Principal
Camille Wallin
Parent Coordinator
Denise Rodriguez

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with Amistad Dual Language School
Metal detectors?
No

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