General D. Chappie James Elementary School of Science

76 RIVERDALE AVENUE
BROOKLYN NY 11212 Map
Phone: (718) 495-0952
Admissions: No new admits
Principal: Karen Valbrun Cohen
Neighborhood: Brownsville
District:23
Grade range: 5
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What's special:

Focus on science

The downside:

School is closing

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

General D. Chappie James Elementary School of Science opened in 2008, replacing PS 183 which closed the same year for poor performance. From the beginning the new school posted low test scores and attendance and never managed to attract neighborhood residents.

The school scored a "F" on its 2010-2011 Progress Report. Teachers expressed concern about safety and discipline;  only 62 percent  said that order and discipline were maintained at the school, according to the Learning Environment Survey.  About half said there was frequent bullying among students.

The last group of pre-kindergarten and kindergartners were admitted in 2011. Chappie James' kindergartners and 1st-graders will be assigned to PS 446, a new school opening in the building in 2012. The 2nd, 3rd and 4th-graders will continue at the school until they graduate. Chappie James Elementary will be completely closed by 2015.

The elementary school shares the building with a middle school of the same name: General D. Chappie James Middle School. It was announced in January 2013 that the middle school would be phased out as well.

The Panel for Education Policy voted to phase out the elementary school at its February 2012 meeting. (Pamela Wheaton, February 2012; upated February 2013)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the former PS 183 building

Number of Students 95

Average Daily Attendance 93%

Students at this school

Asian

  
5%

Black

  
75%

Hispanic

  
18%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
97%

Special ed

  
34%

English Language Learners

  
7%

Safety & vibe

ARE KIDS
NICE?

How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?

9% 15% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average kindergarten class

NA 23 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average fifth grade class

19 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

100% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

100% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

27% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

100% 85% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 88% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam

6% 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ela exam

5% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 4th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 science exam

75% 87% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Parents

Are parents involved?

How many parents responded to the 2013 school survey?

43% 69% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many parents say they attended at least one pta meeting in the 2012-2013 school year?

62% 72% 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 2012-2013 school year?

66% 74% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Do parents like the school?

How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?

76% 94% 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 2013 math exam:

0% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:

0% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

0% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:

0% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

0% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

65% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 91% 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?

91% 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

Percent of ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

0% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of former ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

NA 29% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 91% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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