Elementary School for Math, Science, and Technology
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Adopt-a-school student program provides extra support
Very few arts
Founded in September 2008, Elementary School for Math, Science, and Technology is a tiny Kindergarten through 5th grade school in Fordham. It boasts a positive culture and tone and has longtime leadership and happy teachers, NYC School Surveys show. However, test scores and instruction, while improving, have a ways to go.
The school has made changes to improve instruction. For example, teachers use several math programs rather than relying on just one to cover skills and concepts, and the schedule now allows more time for math. In grades 4 and 5 math is taught by one teacher, and reading by another, so teachers can strengthen their expertise in one subject area. Students in grades 2-5 do “math talks” several times a week, an approach in which kids talk and share ideas about how they solve problems.
Reading and writing skills lag, not surprising given the large numbers of English language learners. These students consistently do well in science, but struggle with reading comprehension skills, vocabulary development and identifying key ideas in their reading, the Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP) shows. Staff members have trained in how to prioritize phonics in their lessons and in the use of Thinking Maps, which help students organize information visually, similar to Venn diagrams and timelines, tools that may be helpful for children learning a new language.
Based on student needs, and with the permission of parents, students who are living in temporary housing, or have an incarcerated or deceased parent, are "adopted" by a staff member who spends non-instructional time with them, playing games during lunch, or engaging in activities before or after school, such as celebrating special milestones, visiting the cinema or museums. Students also receive support in school from the guidance counselor, according to the CEP.
Students are supported in other ways: 3rd graders learn executive functioning skills, such as how to organize a backpack, how to plan a project or use time well during a lesson, while fifth grade students focus on personal hygiene, and preparing for adulthood through college and career readiness.
A partnership with Asphalt Green and Fan4Kids provides on site support in healthy eating and regular exercise. A partnership with Good Shepherd services provides after school support for students and off site counseling services for students and families who are in need.
A handful of students who need more intervention and support participate in a daily program during lunch where they practice strategies to improve their behavior, such as self-monitoring and reflection. Staffers also keep in touch with their parents daily.
The school offers few arts, only dance in all grades, in partnership with Arts Connection. There are no full-time art teachers on staff, due to lack of funding, according to the Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP).
The school is wheelchair accessible.
ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, June 2020)