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P.S. 76 William Hallet

Grades: Pre-K, K-5
36-36 10 Street
Queens NY 11106
Phone: 718-361-7464

Our Insights

What’s Special

ASD Nest Program; keyboard, violin, dance

The Downside

Concerns about discipline and neighborhood safety

PS 76 is working to boost its enrollment by expanding the arts and offering new approaches to teaching, including a Spanish-English dual language program that starts in pre-kindergarten.

The school serves a needy population, including many children with disabilities and many from nearby public housing developments.

While the school faces competition from two charter schools nearby, Principal Tim Miller, who came in 2015, has an ambitious plan to strengthen the curriculum and encourage more parents to choose his school.

Miller opened the Spanish-English dual language program in 2016. As a dual language teacher at PS 111 in Manhattan, it became his passion. The PS 76 program starts in one of three pre-k classes, where kids sing songs in Spanish and learn simple words like the names of colors and greetings.

PS 76 teachers have adopted the Teachers College Reading and Writing program. Miller calls it the “Ivy League of elementary literacy education.” Children learn to edit drafts of their writing at a young age, and they read fun books on topics of interest to them.

Math instruction now involves more discussion and kids solve problems in different ways in class. “It makes me proud to see kids dialoguing, deconstructing numbers, talking in groups,” Miller said.

The school offers violin, keyboard, a wind ensemble, dance and art. Ballet Hispanico works with children in the dual language program. After-school activities include a sports clinic and a theater program that produces shows like Annie. The Jacob Riis program takes 125 children.

Test scores are inching up, but it is too soon to say how these efforts will play out over time. The city’s 2016-2017 Quality Review rated the school “developing,” the lowest score, in the area of teaching. Miller said about six teachers retired that year. He has hired “new blood,” he said, including several graduates from Teacher’s College, Columbia University.

Teachers are worried about discipline in the school and safety in the neighborhood, according to school surveys. The school works hard to help children who live in difficult circumstances. “We have a lot of students who have suffered from trauma through violence or economic hardships,” Miller said. The staff develops a plan for the neediest kids, be it personal counseling or family counseling. More than 90 children check in with an adult mentor every day, the principal said.

At school, a specially trained staffer encourages games at recess and helps kids resolve conflicts peacefully. Juno the comfort dog, who lives with a paraprofessional, is in school every day for extra cheer.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: About one-third of the pupils have special needs. PS 76 has team-teaching classes, as well as small “self-contained” classes for every age child. An ASD Nest Program serves children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). In addition, the school houses a District 75 program for children with severe needs. “We’re very much an inclusive school,” said Miller. “We do special education really well. We have a lot of experience with it.”

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school. (Lydie Raschka, web reports and interview, March 2018)

 

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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?
58%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
88%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
68%
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?
80%
80% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
4.0

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?
28%
51% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
26%
49% Citywide Average

What is the Pre-K like?

From the NYC Program Assessment (CLASS and ECERS-R) Database through 2018-2019

Instruction: Teachers ask kids to explain their reasoning when they solve problems
Activities: Children explore art, music, sand/water, dramatic play and more
Language: Teachers talk and listen to kids in a supportive way
Interaction: Teachers ask kids good questions and invite back-and-forth conversation

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
446
Asian
8%
Black
29%
Hispanic
51%
White
10%
Other
2%
Free or reduced priced lunch
79%
Students with disabilities
33%
English language learners
14%
Pre-K seats
33

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
92%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
32%
25% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

This school offers Transitional Bilingual Education in Spanish.
This school offers Dual Language classes in Spanish.

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?
14%
28% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
14%
23% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
7%
28% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
4%
17% Citywide Average


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Contact & Location

Location

Long Island City (District 30)
Trains: F Line to 21st St - Queensbridge
Buses: Q102, Q103, Q104, Q66, Q69

Contact

Principal
Timothy Miller
Parent Coordinator
Simone Garcia

Other Details

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?
No

Zone for the 2019-2020 school year. Call school to confirm.

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