P.S. 104 The Bays Water

Grades Pre-K, K-5

What’s Special

A safe, welcoming school

The Downside

Some kids miss many days of school

Our Review

In a working class neighborhood in Bayswater, Queens, PS 104 provides a safe and stable environment for its roughly 700 students in pre-kindergarten through 5th grade. Families frequently move in and out of the area, which makes consistency in instruction a challenge. Nevertheless the school is popular, and its four, play-based pre-kindergarten classes fill up quickly.

In recent years the school has seen a rise in its special education population, as well as increased numbers of English language learners. New students are assigned in-class "buddies" to help them acclimate to the new environment, and the parent coordinator works with a family liaison to give new students' families an orientation to the neighborhood.

The school follows a behavior program called SAIL (Self-control, Act kindly, Independently follow directions, Listen and be respectful), said Principal Katie Grady. Good behavior is awarded with "SAIL tickets," which can be traded in for prizes at the SAIL store or for whole-class celebrations, such as pizza parties.

The SAIL program is important in helping to unify a school where 80 percent of students qualify for free lunch and where more than 100 students qualify as homeless due to doubling up in housing. "One in five children will not be here next year," said Grady.

Since her arrival in 2006, Grady, who leads a stable staff, has worked to improve the atmosphere at PS 104. "I'm proud of the fact that my suspension rate is next to nothing now," she said in a phone interview. "When I came here it was pretty high."

PS 104 is a Core Knowledge school, which uses a curriculum based on the work of E.D. Hirsch, author of Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know. Grady embraced the program for its "richness, rigor and depth," and says her teachers "love it because it's so interesting." Daily vocabulary practice in all subjects is a newer initiative to help boost literacy.

PS 104 hosted two of the first full-day pre-k's in District 27. Its seasoned teachers, who trained 20 years ago, have refined units on topics such as underwater sea life, insects and family life. The school increased its pre-kindergarten classrooms to four, and the newer teachers are mentored by veteran teachers.

"It's a very warm, welcoming, family-centered pre-k that focuses on learning through play," said Grady. "There are no workbooks in my pre-k." One pre-k class mixes children with special needs and their general education peers in one classroom with two teachers, following an ICT model.

Children are involved in landscaping the school grounds and help plant tomatoes, zucchinis and peppers in the school's garden.

Through a partnership with Rockaway Artists Alliance, PS 104 offers "kidsmART," a visual and performing arts program two days a week. Safe Space is an after-school program designed for working parents and provides activities five days a week until 5:30 pm.

After leaving PS 104, about 9 percent of students attend the high-performing Scholar's Academy on the Far Rockaway Peninsula.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: Team-taught ICT classes mix children with special needs and their general education peers in one room. Also available are small, "self-contained" classes for all ages.

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school. There are 80 pre-k seats. Most fill with students who live in the zone, said the principal. (Lydie Raschka, phone interview, July 2015)

About the students

Enrollment
730
Pre-K seats
66
Asian
4.3%
Black
46.2%
Hispanic
44.3%
White
4.0%
Other
1.4%
Free or reduced priced lunch
100%
Students with disabilities
21%
English language learners
12%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
127%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
93%
94% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
27%
21% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
100%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
94%
88% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
9.8
6.6 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
98%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
100%
90% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
95%
82% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
88%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
100%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
100%
89% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
56%
65% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
81%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
88%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents say their child's teacher helped their child adjust to Pre-K?
100%
98% Citywide Average
How many parents say this Pre-K program helped them consider which elementary schools would meet their childrens' needs?
93%
92% Citywide Average
How many Pre-K parents say their child's teacher gave helpful ideas for how to support their child's learning?
100%
97% 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?
19%
43% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
19%
42% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 0 dedicated spaces for the arts.
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?
4%
9% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
14%
46% 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
1.77
2.0 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.16
2.4 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.76
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.05
2.2 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.05
2.2 Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
94%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
97%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
98%
89% Citywide Average
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Location

26-01 Mott Avenue
Queens NY 11691
Far Rockaway (District 27)

Contact

Phone
718-327-1910
Principal
Kathleen Grady
Parent Coordinator
Gilda Quijije

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

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