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Extended PK hours offered: Contact program about extended hours.
PS 396 has developed a reputation for its can-do spirit in assisting children with special needs in ways that benefit all kids. Principal Nicole Tine, who took over in 2010, has continued the good work started by her predecessor Lawrence Wright, who embraced kids with special needs. Enrollment is on the rise and test scores are improving for all kids.
PS 396 is home to an ASD NEST program, which features inclusion classes for high functioning children with autism spectrum disorders. Dorothy Siegel, project director of the ASD NEST support team, called PS 396 "a very good school serving a very poor neighborhood that includes a homeless shelter." Classes are small and taught by two trained teachers working together with a large support staff of occupational, physical and speech therapists as well as music, art and gym teachers. Kindergarten combines four ASD children and eight typically developing children. The ratio changes as the children mature, reaching a 4-to-16 ratio in grades 4 and 5.
To assist ELLs (English language learners), the school hosts Family ESL (English as a Second Language) classes and Saturday family workshops with Language in Play, a language-based theater program. The school hosts student teachers from Hunter, NYU, Teacher's College, and Bank Street College, meaning kids have the benefit of an extra adult to help out in class.
Teachers are supported, too. A social studies teacher works with classroom teachers on each grade to help them infuse more reading and writing into their lessons. All new teachers are paired with a mentor who has had special training in how to be a mentor.
Movement is a priority at PS 396: every morning, all children move to music for three minutes. After lunch some teachers lead yoga exercises to help kids focus, according to an article in the United Federation of Teachers newsletter.
The school is housed in a sprawling complex consisting of a main building constructed in 1938, a modern addition with curved walls built in the 1980s, and an earlier annex built in 1922. It shares the complex with a middle school, MS 390.
Admissions: Neighborhood school (Lydie Raschka, school data, August 2014)
At a glance
Number of Students 357
Average Daily Attendance 93%
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?43% 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?62% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many students are chronically absent?27% 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 does not offer 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:45% 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:35% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:5% 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:0% 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?