PS 9 Naples Street Elementary School

Grades Pre-K, K-4
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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

Our Review

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)

About the students

Enrollment
262
Pre-K seats
36
Asian
5.3%
Black
16.8%
Hispanic
27.9%
White
46.9%
Other
3.1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
40%
Students with disabilities
24%
English language learners
1%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
79%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
95%
94% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
9%
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?
100%
88% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
3.0
6.6 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
100%
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?
100%
82% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
33%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
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?
90%
65% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
98%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
97%
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?
100%
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?
41%
43% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
63%
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 students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
93%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
95%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
93%
89% Citywide Average
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Location

1055 Targee Street
Staten Island NY 10304
Mid-Island (District 31)
Trains: SIR to Grasmere
Buses: S53, S76, S78, S86, S93

Contact

Phone
718-876-4610
Principal
Deanna Marco
Parent Coordinator
Lisa Calabrese

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