P.S. 33 Chelsea Prep
MANHATTAN NY 10001 Map
P.S. 33 Chelsea Prep
Extended PK hours offered: Contact program about extended hours.
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)
At a glance
Number of Students 639
Average Daily Attendance 95%
Safety & vibe
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 classNA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Number of students in an average fifth grade classNA 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
How many students are chronically absent?16% 23% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam
Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state ela exam
Percent of 4th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state science exam
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?
This school offers self-contained classes.
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
This school offers team teaching (ict).
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?
How many teachers say students with special needs are educated in the least restrictive environment appropriate?
How many parents of students with ieps say this school offers a wide enough variety of services and activities for their children’s needs?