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Bright and beautiful, PS/IS 208 opened in September 2003, as one of a trio of schools built to alleviate overcrowding for children in District 29. The school is adept at involving parents, especially fathers, and has solid test scores.
The campus is shared with PS/IS 266 and the High School of Teaching, Liberal Arts and Sciences. The airport-like setting is on the former site of the Creedmore Psychiatric Center. Children are taken by bus or car to drop-off points, at the end of an access road, which limits casual encounters among families. Still, the spacious 32-acre campus features a well-equipped playground, plenty of green space and pleasant walkways.
Some teachers have special training in a structured reading program called Wilson, which stresses phonics, and has been shown to be helpful for children who are behind in reading. Children may also work on individualized computer programs for extra practice.
Born and raised in Cap-Haïtien, Principal James Philemy has maintained an excellent attendance rate and a safe atmosphere, according to school surveys. Many of his students are of African descent, with a sprinkling of South Asian, white and Hispanic students. Teachers report he is a good manager. The dress code is dark blue bottoms and white tops.
The school does an especially good job of creating community and support for fathers, who even have their own website with pictures of their activities. These include an afterschool reading program, Saturday workshops, a toy drive and "Dads take your child to school day."
In the middle grades, there are elective classes in theatre, visual arts, music, African dance and dance. The arts are mostly integrated into regular classrooms in the lower grades: One of the school's goals is to incorporate more art into social studies classes, according to the Annual Arts in School Report.
Special education: PS/IS 208 has team-taught classrooms that mix children with special needs with their general education peers. There are also self-contained classes for only children with special needs. A District 75 school that serves children with severe disabilities shares the building.
Admission: District 29 priority. (Lydie Raschka, web reports and school data, August 2014)
At a glance
Number of Students 727
Average Daily Attendance 97%
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?83% 75% 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
Number of students in an average middle school english classNA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE
DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?89% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many students are chronically absent?5% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of students in grades 3-8 who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam
Percent of students in grades 3-8 who scored 3 or 4 on the state ela exam
Percent of 4th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state science exam
Percent of 8th 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:0% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
This school offers team teaching (ict).
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:25% 14% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:17% 8% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:6% 15% 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?