For
immediate release
November 16,
2015
For more
information, contact Leonie Haimson, leoniehaimson@gmail.com;
9174359329
NYC Class Size data released; average
class sizes still increasing according to DOE
Number of K3 students
in classes of 30 or more risen sharply since 2011
On Friday, DOE released the latest class size data as of
Oct. 31, 2015, citywide, by borough, district and by school. According to the DOE’s summary, “Average
class size grew by 0.1 from 26.4 students per class in 2015.” They
calculated that elementary and middle
school class sizes remained flat, and high school class sizes increased
slightly: http://tinyurl.com/ppxy8m8
Most worrisome, according to our analysis, the number of
students in classes of 30 or more increased, especially in grades K3,
continuing the trend of the last few years. (In 2011, the DOE stopped complying
with a side agreement to cap class sizes at 28 in grades 13, leading to sharp
increases in these grades to 30 or more.)
According to our calculations, average class size in grades
K3 (GenEd, ICT and G&T) dropped slightly from the year before, but at this
rate, it would take 47 years to reach the DOE’s original Contracts for
Excellence goal of 19.9 students per class.
(During his campaign, the Mayor promised to reduce class sizes to C4E
levels and if necessary, raise revenue to fund this. See the
filled out forms from a Mayoral forum at Murry Bergtraum HS in June 2013
and the NYC KidsPAC candidate survey from July 2013.)
In grades 48, average class size remained at 26.7, the same
on average as the year before.
In high school core classes, we found that average class size
dropped slightly by one tenth of a student per class, from Oct. 31, 2014 to
Oct. 31, 2015, but at a rate that it would take 23 years to reach the C4E goal
of 24.5 students per class.
By borough, the largest average class sizes for grades K3
are in Queens (25.7), and in Staten Island for grades 48 (28.7) and high school
(29.7).
We also took a look
at which schools have the largest class sizes.
The largest
Kindergarten classes, all averaging 30 students per class or more, far above the UFT cap of 25, are at PS
308 Clara Cardwell in D16 Brooklyn (ICT at 33);
PS 181 (ICT at 33) and PS 191 Paul Robeson (GenEd at 31) both in D17
Brooklyn; PS 43 in D27 in Queens (ICT at 31); PS 73 in D9 Bronx (GenEd at 30);
PS 57 Crescent in D12 Bronx (ICT at 30); PS 006 in D17 Brooklyn (ICT at 30);
and PS 116 in D32 Brooklyn (ICT at 30).
K

16

K308

P.S. 308 CLARA CARDWELL

0K

ICT

33.00

K

17

K181

P.S. 181 BROOKLYN

0K

ICT

33.00

K

17

K191

P.S. 191 PAUL ROBESON

0K

GEN ED

31.00

Q

27

Q043

P.S. 043

0K

ICT

31.00

X

09

X073

P.S. 073 BRONX

0K

GEN ED

30.00

X

12

X057

P.S. 057 CRESCENT

0K

ICT

30.00

K

17

K006

P.S. 006

0K

ICT

30.00

K

32

K116

P.S. 116 ELIZABETH L FARRELL

0K

ICT

30.00

The largest 1^{st} grade
classes, all averaging above 32 students per class (the UFT cap in this grade), are at PS 305
Dr. Peter Ray in D13 Brooklyn (ICT at 34); PS 193 Alfred J. Kennedy in D25
Queens (GenEd at 34); PS 48 William C. Wilcox (ICT at 33 and GenEd at 32.5) in
D 31 Staten Island; Staten Island School of Civic Leadership, D31 Staten Island (ICT
at33); PS 19 Judith K. Weiss in D11 Bronx (GenEd at 32.50); PS 238 Anne Sullivan in D 21 Brooklyn (GenEd
at 32.5); PS 54 Charles W. Leng in D31 Staten Island (GenEd at 32.5); PS 100
The Coney Island School in D21 Brooklyn (GenEd at 32.33) and PS 22 Graniteville
in D31 Staten Island (GenEd at 32.25).
K

13

K305

P.S. 305 DR. PETER RAY

01

ICT

34.00

Q

25

Q193

P.S. 193 ALFRED J. KENNEDY

01

GEN ED

34.00

R

31

R048

P.S. 048 WILLIAM C. WILCOX

01

ICT

33.00

R

31

R861

Staten Island School of Civic Leadership

01

ICT

33.00

X

11

X019

P.S. 019 JUDITH K. WEISS

01

GEN ED

32.50

K

21

K238

P.S. 238 ANNE SULLIVAN

01

GEN ED

32.50

R

31

R048

P.S. 048 WILLIAM C. WILCOX

01

GEN ED

32.50

R

31

R054

P.S. 054 CHARLES W. LENG

01

GEN ED

32.50

K

21

K100

P.S. 100 THE CONEY ISLAND SCHOOL

01

GEN ED

32.33

R

31

R022

P.S. 022 GRANITEVILLE

01

GEN ED

32.25

The largest average 2^{nd}
grade classes, all above the union contractual cap of 32 students per class, are
at: PS 156 Waverly in D23 Brooklyn; (ICT
at 35); PS 100 The Coney Island School
in D21 Brooklyn (ICT at 34); IS 119 The Glendale in D24 Queens (ICT at 34); PS
21 Margaret EmeryElm Park in D31 Staten Island (ICT at 34); PS 2013 The School
for Future Leaders in D22 Brooklyn (GenEd at 33.33); PS 84 Lillian Weber in D3 Manhattan (ICT at
33); PS 282 Park Slope in D13 Brooklyn (ICT at 33); PS 193 Alfred J. Kennedy in
D25 Queens (GenEd at 33); PS 46 Alley Pond in D26 Queens (GenDd And ICT at 33);
PS 99 Kew Gardens in D28 Queens (ICT at 33); PS 52 D29 Queens (ICT, 33); PS 48
William Wilcox D31 Staten Island (ICT, 33 and GenEd 32.5); PS 53 Bay Terrace,
D31 Staten Island (ICT, 33); Staten
Island School of Civic Leadership, Brooklyn (GenEd, 32.33).
K

23

K156

P.S. 156 WAVERLY

02

ICT

35.00

K

21

K100

P.S. 100 THE CONEY ISLAND SCHOOL

02

ICT

34.00

Q

24

Q119

I.S. 119 THE GLENDALE

02

ICT

34.00

R

31

R021

P.S. 21 MARGARET EMERYELM PARK

02

ICT

34.00

K

22

K203

P.S. 203 The School for Future Leaders

02

GEN ED

33.33

M

03

M084

P.S. 084 LILLIAN WEBER

02

ICT

33.00

K

13

K282

P.S. 282 PARK SLOPE

02

ICT

33.00

Q

25

Q193

P.S. 193 ALFRED J. KENNEDY

02

GEN ED

33.00

Q

26

Q046

P.S. 046 ALLEY POND

02

GEN ED

33.00

Q

26

Q046

P.S. 046 ALLEY POND

02

ICT

33.00

Q

28

Q099

P.S. 099 KEW GARDENS

02

ICT

33.00

Q

29

Q052

P.S. 052 QUEENS

02

ICT

33.00

R

31

R048

P.S. 048 WILLIAM C. WILCOX

02

ICT

33.00

R

31

R053

P.S. 053 BAY TERRACE

02

G&T

33.00

R

31

R861

Staten Island School of Civic Leadership

02

ICT

33.00

K

22

K255

P.S. 255 BARBARA REING SCHOOL

02

GEN ED

32.67

K

23

K156

P.S. 156 WAVERLY

02

GEN ED

32.67

Q

26

Q162

P.S. 162 JOHN GOLDEN

02

GEN ED

32.67

Q

26

Q188

P.S. 188 KINGSBURY

02

G&T

32.50

R

31

R048

P.S. 048 WILLIAM C. WILCOX

02

GEN ED

32.50

R

31

R861

Staten Island School of Civic Leadership

02

GEN ED

32.50

X

10

X032

P.S. 032 BELMONT

02

GEN ED

32.33

K

20

K229

P.S. 229 DYKER

02

GEN ED

32.33

The largest average 3^{rd}
grade classes, all above the union
contractual cap of 32, are at PS 21 Philip H. Sheridan in D11 Bronx (GenEd
,34.67); PS 176 Cambria Heights in D29 Queens (G&T at 34.5); The Bellaire
School in D29 Queens (GenEd at 33.75); PS 140 Nathan Straus in D1 Manhattan
(GenEd at 33); PS 212 Midtown West in D2 Manhattan (ICT at 33); PS 20 P.O.
George J. Werdan III in D10 Bronx (GenEd and ICT, 33); Luisa PiÃ±eiro Fuentes
School of Science and Discovery in D10 Bronx (GenEd, 33); PS 115 Glen Oaks in
D26 in Queens (G&T, 33); and Staten Island School of Civic Leadership, D31
Staten Island (GenEd, 33).
X

11

X021

P.S. 021 Philip H. Sheridan

03

GEN ED

34.67

Q

29

Q176

P.S. 176 CAMBRIA HEIGHTS

03

G&T

34.50

Q

29

Q135

THE BELLAIRE SCHOOL

03

GEN ED

33.75

M

01

M140

P.S. 140 NATHAN STRAUS

03

GEN ED

33.00

M

02

M212

P.S. 212 MIDTOWN WEST

03

ICT

33.00

X

10

X020

P.S. 20 P.O.GEORGE J. WERDAN III

03

GEN ED

33.00

X

10

X020

P.S. 20 P.O.GEORGE J. WERDAN III

03

ICT

33.00

X

10

X307

Luisa PiÃ±eiro Fuentes School of Science and Discovery

03

GEN ED

33.00

Q

26

Q115

P.S. 115 GLEN OAKS

03

G&T

33.00

R

31

R861

Staten Island School of Civic Leadership

03

GEN ED

33.00

The largest average 4^{th}
grade classes, all far above the UFT cap of 32, are at: PS 221 Toussaint L'Ouverture, in D17 Brooklyn (ICT, 39
and GenEd, 37); PS 96 in D27 Queens (GenEd, 37); PS 195 Manhattan Beach in D22
Brooklyn (G&T, 36); PS 21 Philip H.
Sheridan in D11 Bronx (GenEd, 35.5); PS 9 Teunis Gl Bergen in D13 Brooklyn
(ICT, 35); PS 195 Manhattan Beach in D22 Brooklyn (GenEd, 35), and PS 86 in D28
Queens (ICT, 35).
K

17

K221

P.S. 221 Toussaint L'Ouverture

04

ICT

39.00

K

17

K221

P.S. 221 Toussaint L'Ouverture

04

GEN ED

37.00

Q

27

Q096

P.S. 096

04

GEN ED

37.00

K

22

K195

P.S. 195 MANHATTAN BEACH

04

G&T

36.00

X

11

X021

P.S. 021 Philip H. Sheridan

04

GEN ED

35.50

K

13

K009

P.S. 009 TEUNIS G. BERGEN

04

ICT

35.00

K

22

K195

P.S. 195 MANHATTAN BEACH

04

GEN ED

35.00

Q

28

Q086

P.S. Q086

04

ICT

35.00

The largest 5^{th}
grade classes, all far above the union cap of 32, are at PS 269 Nostrand in D22 Brooklyn (ICT, 37); PS 20 Port
Richmond in D31 Staten Island (GenEd and ICT, 35); PS 133 Fred R. Moore in D5
Manhattan (ICT , 34); PS 20 P.O. George J. Werdan III in D10 Bronx (GenEd 34);
PS 26 in D16 Brooklyn, GenEd 34); PS 56 Harry Eichler in D27 Queens (GenEd,
34); PS 144 Col. Jeromus Remsen (GenEd, 34); PS/MS 147 Ronald McNair in D29
Queens ( ICT, 34).
K

22

K269

P.S. 269 NOSTRAND

05

ICT

37.00

R

31

R020

P.S. 020 PORT RICHMOND

05

GEN ED

35.00

R

31

R020

P.S. 020 PORT RICHMOND

05

ICT

35.00

M

05

M133

P.S. 133 FRED R MOORE

05

ICT

34.00

X

10

X020

P.S. 20 P.O.GEORGE J. WERDAN III

05

GEN ED

34.00

K

16

K026

P.S. 026 JESSE OWENS

05

GEN ED

34.00

Q

27

Q056

P.S. 056 HARRY EICHLER

05

GEN ED

34.00

Q

28

Q144

P.S. 144 COL JEROMUS REMSEN

05

GEN ED

34.00

Q

29

Q147

PS/MS 147 Ronald McNair

05

ICT

34.00

According to DOE data, the
largest 6^{th} grade classes, all far above the union cap of 33 for
nonTitle I schools (30 in Title I), are all in the Bronx: the Urban Assembly School for Applied Math and Science in D9 (ICT
at 85); Antonia Pantoja Preparatory Academy: A College Board School in D11
(ICT, 57); Pelham Academy Of Academics And Community Engagement in D11 (GenEd,
37.5); and MS 180 Dr. Daniel Hale
Williams in D11 (ICT, 35).
X

09

X241

Urban Assembly School for Applied Math and Science, The

06

ICT



85.00

X

08

X376

Antonia Pantoja Preparatory Academy: A College Board School

06

ICT



57.00

X

11

X468

PELHAM ACADEMY OF ACADEMICS AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

06

GEN ED



37.50

X

11

X180

M.S. 180 Dr. Daniel Hale Williams

06

ICT



35.00

The largest 7^{th}
grade classes, all far above the UFT cap of 33 for nonTitle I schools (30 in
Title I) are: Antonia Pantoja
Preparatory Academy: A College Board School (D8 Bronx (ICT, 73); Urban Assembly
School for Applied Math and Science in D9 Bronx (ICT, 69); Robert F. Wagner,
Jr. Secondary School for Arts and Technology in D24 Queens (GenEd, 42); Mark
Twain I.S. 239 For The Gifted & Talented in D21 Brooklyn (ICT, 39.5);
Creston Academy in D10 Bronx (ICT, 35.5); Conselyea Preparatory School in D14
Brooklyn (GenEd, 35.25); and PS 171 Patrick Henry in D4 Manhattan (GenEd,35).
X

08

X376

Antonia Pantoja Preparatory Academy: A College Board School

07

ICT

73.00

X

09

X241

Urban Assembly School for Applied Math and Science, The

07

ICT

69.00

Q

24

Q560

Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Secondary School for Arts and Technology

07

GEN ED

42.00

K

21

K239

MARK TWAIN I.S. 239 FOR THE GIFTED & TALENTED

07

ICT

39.50

X

10

X447

CRESTON ACADEMY

07

ICT

35.50

K

14

K577

CONSELYEA PREPARATORY SCHOOL

07

GEN ED

35.25

M

04

M171

P.S. 171 PATRICK HENRY

07

GEN ED

35.00

The schools with the
largest 8^{th} grade class sizes, according to DOE data, are Antonia Pantoja Preparatory Academy: A College Board School
(ICT, 72); Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Secondary School for Arts and Technology in
D24 Queens (GenEd, 54); MS 301 Paul L. Dunbar in D8 Bronx (GenEd, 36); Conselyea
Preparatory School in D14 Brooklyn (ICT, 36); and MS 180 Dr. Daniel Hale
Williams in D11 Bronx (ICT, 35).
X

08

X376

Antonia Pantoja Preparatory Academy: A College Board School

08

ICT

72.00

Q

24

Q560

Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Secondary School for Arts and Technology

08

GEN ED

54.00

X

08

X301

M.S. 301 PAUL L. DUNBAR

08

GEN ED

36.00

K

14

K577

CONSELYEA PREPARATORY SCHOOL

08

ICT

36.00

X

11

X180

M.S. 180 Dr. Daniel Hale Williams

08

ICT

35.00

There are 73 NYC high schools, according to DOE data, that have programs/courses
that average above the UFT cap of 34.
The ones with the largest average class sizes of 40 or more in
various courses include the NYC iSchool in Manhattan, Sheepshead Bay HS in
Brooklyn; Curtis HS in Staten Island; Crotona International High School in the
Bronx; and Bayside HS in Queens.
M

02

M376

NYC iSchool

0912

ICT

United States History Accelerated



70.00

M

02

M376

NYC iSchool

0912

ICT

MS English Core



62.50

M

02

M376

NYC iSchool

0912

GEN ED

Algebra 2/Trig



59.50

M

02

M376

NYC iSchool

0912

ICT

Other Science



59.00

M

02

M376

NYC iSchool

0912

GEN ED

Integrated Algebra



58.00

M

02

M376

NYC iSchool

0912

GEN ED

Chemistry



56.00

K

22

K495

SHEEPSHEAD BAY HIGH SCHOOL

0912

GEN ED

Integrated Algebra



55.00

M

02

M376

NYC iSchool

0912

GEN ED

Geometry



53.50

R

31

R450

CURTIS HIGH SCHOOL

0912

ICT

MS English Core



50.00

M

02

M376

NYC iSchool

0912

GEN ED

Other Science



48.00

M

02

M376

NYC iSchool

0912

GEN ED

Global History



47.50

X

10

X524

Crotona International High School

0912

GEN ED

Other Science



46.50

M

02

M376

NYC iSchool

0912

GEN ED

Economics



43.00

M

02

M376

NYC iSchool

0912

ICT

Global History



42.00

Q

26

Q495

BAYSIDE HIGH SCHOOL

0912

ICT

Other Social Studies



41.79

K

22

K495

SHEEPSHEAD BAY HIGH SCHOOL

0912

GEN ED

English 9



40.00

Smaller classes are the top priority of NYC parents to
improve their schools according to the DOE’s Learning Environment Survey every
year 20072014; until 2015, when this question was omitted from the DOE Survey.
This year’s class size data, by school, district, borough, and
citywide, are posted at http://schools.nyc.gov/AboutUs/schools/data/classsize/classsize.htm. All our calculations are done by comparing
the reported October 31 class size data, released each year by the DOE on
November 15, from year to year. The original Contract for Excellence goals
adopted by the city and approved by the state in 2007 are posted here: http://tinyurl.com/kbyv4pm
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How about physical education class size? So many are over the mandated number.
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