P.S. 127 Aerospace Science Academy

Grades Pre-K, K-8
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What’s Special

Strong music program.

The Downside

Friction between principal and some teachers.

Our Review

A traditional neighborhood school serving large numbers of new immigrants, PS 127 has a rich art program and a chorus that has performed at the New York Islanders hockey game. Students wear uniformsblue pants and white shirts for the younger children and khaki pants and white shirts for the older ones.

The school seemed orderly on our brief visit. During class changes, children walked in straight lines with their books in front of them. Children were polite and paid attention in class--even in the overheated middle school classes with no air-conditioning. The schools population has steadily increased in recent years, and the classrooms we visited seemed packed, with 30 or more children.

The school is particularly proud of its music program, led by songwriter-composer Shanan Esteicher. [See photo of the middle school chorus at left.] The school has also encouraged children to attend classical music concerts as part of a program called Bach to School.

Evita Sanabria, formerly a teacher of English as a Second Language, has focused on improving education for the schools many English language learners since she became principal in 2008. Nearly one-third of the children are English language learners, including children who speak Spanish, Bengali and Arabic at home. In addition to traditional ESL classes, Sanabria has developed a dual-language program that allows children to perfect their English without losing their native Spanish.

However, her no-nonsense approach has ruffled feathers among the faculty. More than 80 percent of teachers responding to the Learning Environment Survey said the principal does not have confidence in the expertise of the staff; 85 percent said she was an ineffective manager. In every school there are some angry teachers, Sanabria told Insideschools, pointing out that only 60 percent of teachers responded to the survey.

Special education: The school offers both ICT (Integrated Collaborative Teaching) and self-contained special education classes. The ICT classes each have two teachers, some of whom are certified in special education and some in English as a Second Language.

Admissions: neighborhood school. (Anna Schneider, May 2012)

About the students

Enrollment
1262
Pre-K seats
39
Asian
12.3%
Black
11.7%
Hispanic
74.1%
White
1.5%
Other
0.4%
Free or reduced priced lunch
87%
Students with disabilities
15%
English language learners
30%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
117%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
94%
94% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
21%
19% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
67%
76% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
56%
50% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
83%
84% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
89%
88% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
35%
45% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
7.9
6.4 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
52%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
61%
87% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
51%
81% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
83%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
70%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
64%
86% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
15%
60% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
70%
78% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
76%
82% Citywide Average
How many parents say their child's teacher helped their child adjust to Pre-K?
100%
97% Citywide Average
How many parents say this Pre-K program helped them consider which elementary schools would meet their childrens' needs?
100%
91% Citywide Average
How many Pre-K parents say their child's teacher gave helpful ideas for how to support their child's learning?
100%
96% 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?
25%
39% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
34%
42% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 1 dedicated space for Music
This school has 2 licensed arts teacher in Music and Theater

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
55%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
56%
59% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
52%
68% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
0%
28% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
88%
86% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Long Island City HS, Bayside HS, and William Cullen Bryant HS
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

This school offers Transitional Bilingual Education in Spanish.
This school offers Dual Language classes in Spanish.
How many English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
4%
6% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
44%
42% 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
1.83
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.02
2.2 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.83
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.1
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
2.05
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.07
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
55%
69% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
86%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
87%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
86%
88% Citywide Average
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Location

98-01 25 Avenue
Queens NY 11369
East Elmhurst (District 30)
Buses: Q19, Q23, Q33, Q48, Q49, Q72

Contact

Phone
718-446-4700
Principal
Evita Sanabria
Parent Coordinator
Lincia Hamilton

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