P.S. 106 Parkchester
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Spacious building renovation and positive tone
Classroom management is uneven
PS 106 is a large, ethnically diverse school in Parkchester with solid academics and a positive tone. Teachers are experienced; on school surveys, most say they would recommend the school to new families.
The most common home languages of students, besides English, are Spanish and Bangla. Chinese, Arabic and a smattering of other languages are in the mix to a lesser extent. To assist new English speakers, the school hosts a Saturday Academy providing academic help, test prep, and English language assistance. Parents may take English as a Second Language classes while their children learn English. There is a Bangla School program after school hours, the Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP) shows.
The school addresses reading and writing with the help of a literacy Coach, to boost skills in the youngest students.
Students study music and visual arts; they take part in Dancing Classrooms and study guitar, according to the school website.
The school is housed in a large building with a newer extension that includes a science lab, a modernized library and music and art classrooms, according to the CEP.
Teachers communicate with families regarding student progress and behavior regularly via Class Dojo, an online program, as well as through newsletters for each grade level, and on the school website.
Despite the positive tone, the school has had high numbers of reported incidents regarding student behavior in recent years. The school has addressed this by bringing more consistency to behavior management across the school. However, uniformity in classroom management is a work-in-progress, the CEP shows.
SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school has "self-contained" classrooms, that is, small classes for students with special needs only. It also has ICT (integrated co-teaching) classes that mix students with disabilities in classes with general education students.
ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, July 2020)