P.S. 748 Brooklyn School for Global Scholars

1664 BENSON AVENUE
BROOKLYN NY 11214 Map
Phone: (718) 382-3130
Website: Click here
Admissions: Neighborhood school/gifted program
Principal: Ursula Annio
Neighborhood: Bath Beach
District: 20
Grade range: PK-5
Parent Coordinator: DONNA SALERNO
Zoned
Gifted and Talented

What's special:

Strong leadership

The downside:

No longer open district wide (except for gifted)

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

PS 748, The Brooklyn School for Global Scholars is one of four new elementary schools opened in District 20 in September 2010.  The school houses a district-wide Gifted and Talented (G&T) program. Plans are to expand by one grade per year until it reaches its full capacity serving a pre-K - 5th grade population.

The school opened in the PS 163 building.  According to PS 748's founding principal, Ursula Annio, who spoke with Insideschools by telephone, PS 163 opened in a new building in the neighborhood in September, 2010.   All grades  follow a model that has students focusing on a new interest every six to eight weeks that may include topics such as robotics, pollution, recycling, or visual arts.  Annio plans to invest in technology from the start, bringing laptops and SmartBoards into the classrooms. Students will each be assigned an advisor for the duration of their time at the school.   According to a promotional pamphlet, "these advisors will provide families with continued guidance and support and will come to know the families of student personally." 

The school is safe according to annual surveys, and teachers are very pleased with the leadership. Test scores are fabulous, ranked in the top 25 schools statewide.

A new community center sponsored by the Italian American Federation, located two blocks from the school, is slated to open in 2011.  According to Annio, arrangements are being made for the school to have access to the community center's facilities for athletics and other extra curricular activities.   

Special education:  PS 748 will serve students with special needs, but decisions regarding the class settings offered will be made after all students have enrolled.

Admissions:  PS 748 was originally planned as an unzoned school, open to students residing across District 20, but it is now a zoned school. Pre-K and general education kindergarten applications are available at the District 20 Enrollment Office. Admission will be by lottery if the number of applications submitted exceeds the available seats.  Admission to the G&T program follows the city-wide G&T assessment and application process. (Laura Zingmond, phone interview March 2010, updated January 2013)

 

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 496

Average Daily Attendance 95%

Students at this school

Asian

  
39%

Black

  
0%

Hispanic

  
19%

White

  
39%

Free Lunch

  
59%

Special ed

  
10%

English Language Learners

  
10%

Safety & vibe

ARE KIDS
NICE?

How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?

10% 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

97% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average kindergarten class

24 23 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average fifth grade class

NA 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

97% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

97% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

NA 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

93% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

93% 88% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

97% 91% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

87% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

82% 29% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 86% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Parents

Are parents involved?

How many parents responded to the school survey?

98% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

69% 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 last school year?

80% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Do parents like the school?

How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?

97% 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 state math exam:

NA 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

97% 98% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

93% 89% 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?

90% 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

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

NA 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

97% 90% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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