P.S. 33 Chelsea Prep

An Insideschools pick
281 9 AVENUE
MANHATTAN NY 10001 Map
Phone: (212) 244-6426
Website: Click here
Admissions: Neighborhood school, test for G&T
Principal: Chingchien Wang
Neighborhood: Chelsea
District: 2
Grade range: PK-5
Parent Coordinator: HANNE KJELDGAARD
Number of full-day PK seats: 36
Extended PK hours offered: Contact program about extended hours.
Zoned
Gifted and Talented
Full Day
School-based pre-k

What's special:

Solid academics along with art, drama and dance

The downside:

Programs funded through grants may fluctuate

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

The enrollment of PS 33 has more than doubled in the past decade, a sign of its growing popularity. The school once served mostly low-income children from nearby housing projects, but now attracts children from townhouses nearby as well as children from across District 2.

The school has a gifted program, open to children who score in the 90th percentile on the exam administered by the city, as well as a general education program for anyone who lives in the attendance zone. Some parents say the programs seem to be divided by race and class: The gifted program has mostly middle-class white and Asian children, while the general education classes have mostly working-class blacks and Latinos.

Kids from the different programs take trips together to museums or the zoo as a way to build community, and the quality of teaching is strong throughout. The city rated PS 33 "well developed" (the highest ranking) on its Quality Review. The school has made progress closing the so-called achievement gap between rich and poor, the review said. Teachers encourage children to work both independently and collaboratively, to become resilient, and to develop work habits needed to succeed in college.

Private money raised from parents, corporate donors and granst is used to run the school's robotics program and to pay for instrumental music, chous, dance and theater. Fifth graderes were national chess champions in 2016. 

Student teachers assist classroom teachers in most classes, offering individual help to children. A recess coach uses music, songs, and games to help children learn how to develop self-regulation skills during their free time. New York University provides psychology interns who work closely with students with special needs. There are teaching assistants in grades K-2.

Cindy Wang became principal in 2015, replacing longtime principal Linore Lindy.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: There are two small classrooms for children with serious disabilities. On every grade, there is one team-teaching class that mixes up to 12 children with special needs into general classes. The school offers a variety of other services, such as speech and occupational therapy, depending on students' needs.

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school, test for G&T. The school offers spring tours. (Clara Hemphill, DOE data, August 2016)

InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 639

Average Daily Attendance 95%

Students at this school

Asian

  
25%

Black

  
12%

Hispanic

  
30%

White

  
26%

Free Lunch

  
46%

Special ed

  
11%

English Language Learners

  
4%

Safety & vibe

ARE KIDS
NICE?

How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?

58% 81% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average kindergarten class

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average fifth grade class

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

58% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

16% 23% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

How many teachers say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep students engaged?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say this school does a good job teaching social-emotional skills?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say this school does a good job teaching organizational and study skills?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam

69% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state ela exam

65% 40% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 4th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state science exam

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Parents

Are parents involved?

How many parents responded to the school survey?

65% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many parents say they attended at least one pta meeting in the last school year?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Does the school encourage family involvement?

How many parents say they were invited to an event at the school at least 3 times in the last school year?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Do parents like the school?

How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:

NA 8% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

NA 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:

0% 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

20% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:

20% 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

10% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many parents say students with disabilities are included in all activities?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say students with special needs are educated in the least restrictive environment appropriate?

91% 93% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many parents of students with ieps say this school offers a wide enough variety of services and activities for their children’s needs?

68% 86% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

Percent of ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

0% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of former ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

45% 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say this school ensures that ells receive the same curriculum as non-ells with appropriate suppports?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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