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PS 9 Naples Street Elementary School

Grades: Pre-K, K-5
1055 Targee Street
Staten Island NY 10304
Phone: 718-876-4610
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What’s Special

Unzoned school with arts focus, ASD program for students on the autism spectrum

The Downside

No gym or auditorium

PS 9 Naples Street Elementary School is an unzoned arts-focused school open to students from across Staten Island. The school offers dance, music, visual arts and drama, integrating them into social studies, science, reading and writing. Opened in 2013 with pre-kindergarten and kindergarten, at full growth, PS 9 will enroll 300 students in grades pre-k to 5. It also hosts a program for children with autism.

Founder Deanna Marco has 16 years of experience at Brooklyns PS 295 The Studio School of Arts and Culture in Park Slope, where she was principal from 2006 to 2013. After years of teaching off the island, Marco, a Staten Island parent of three young sons, said she was ready to return. There are not many schools on Staten Island that have a focus on the arts," she said. "This one is based on the work I did at PS 295." Marco was honored as an outstanding educator and school leader by Wagner College in 2013.

The art program is still developing as the school grows. We saw kindergartners creating self-portraits and 1st-graders using oil pastels and making collages in response to a lesson about jazz.

Science teacher Jason Eriksonalso known as Mr. Inquirywears a superhero costume to teach kids about science and math. Like Ms. Frizzle in the science-themed Magic School Bus books, he brings science to life, reading and acting out stories to children in recess as well.

The superhero theme is incorporated in math where multiplication tables are called powers. When practicing their times-tables children use their super hero powers of 10 or 12.

There is a strong focus on health and wellness and community activism said the principal. Students grow food in the school garden that is served in the cafeteria and help out with a community food drive, which they share with City Harvest.

PS 9 opened in the PS 48 building when that school expanded and moved across the street to a new building. Some of the hallways in the old building are dark, narrow and uninviting; others are enlivened by artwork and murals of childrens books.

There is no auditorium or gymnasium. In cold weather months students use the cafeteria for recess; on other days they have recess in the playground. A fee-based after-school program offers karate, cheerleading, soccer and musical theatre.

SPECIAL EDUCATION:PS 9 is a host site for an ASD Horizon program for children on the autism spectrum. It also offers speech, counseling, occupational and physical therapy and ICT classes.

ADMISSIONS: Lottery open to Staten Island residents. There were 250 applicants for 36 pre-kindergarten spots in 2015.The school hosts tours once a month. (Giselle Inoa Aquino, February 2015)

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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?
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
83% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
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% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

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

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners
Pre-K seats

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

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

From 2018 School Directories

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?
28% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
23% Citywide Average

For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Contact & Location


Mid-Island (District 31)
Trains: SIR to Grasmere
Buses: S53, S76, S78, S86, S93


Deanna Marco
Parent Coordinator
Lisa Calabrese

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?

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