P.S./M.S. 282 Park Slope

180 6 AVENUE
BROOKLYN NY 11217 Map
Phone: (718) 622-1626
Website: Click here
Admissions: Neighborhood school/gifted program; MS: priority to continuing students
Principal: Rashan Hoke
Neighborhood: Park Slope
District: 13
Grade range: PK-8
Parent Coordinator: Christal Baka Gordon
Number of full-day PK seats: 90
Extended PK hours offered: No
Zoned
Gifted and Talented
Full Day
School-based pre-k

What's special:

Champion chess team, dynamic new principal

The downside:

New principal needs time to put his vision into action

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

PS 282 has long been a traditional school that welcomes children from across Brooklyn. Now, a new administration is training teachers in progressive techniques that have been adopted by popular schools nearby such as PS 154 and PS 321.

Rashan Hoke, named principal in 2014, said he would like the school to be more “child-centered” and less “teacher-centered,” with more time for children explore their own interests and speak in class and less time spent listening to teachers.

PS 282 is in the heart of one of Brooklyn’s toniest neighborhoods, but more than three-quarters of its students come from outside the zone. In recent years, parents who live in the zone—primarily white and upper middle class—have sent their children to PS 282 for early grades, but transferred them out by second grade, opting for private schools or other public schools nearby. That may change with the arrival of a dynamic new principal and the expansion of the pre-kindergarten program, local parents say.

Teachers and some parents clashed with the school’s previous principal, Magalie Alexis, who retired in 2014. While some parents defended her no-nonsense style, others said the discipline was too strict.

Hoke has worked to improve relations with parents while offering teachers the opportunity to perfect their craft. Teachers are invited to observe lessons at PS 154 and PS 321 and receive training in the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. Pre-kindergarten teachers work with colleagues from the well-regarded Helen Owen Carey pre-school across the street.  

“The school is changing and it’s changing fast,” said Cheryl Cook, co-president of the PTO (parent teacher organization). “It feels warm. It feels friendly. What’s amazing about Mr. Hoke, if parents have an idea, he will back you 100 percent.”

For example, when parents complained that school aides were unnecessarily harsh with children on the playground, Hoke welcomed parents’ plan to hire a group called Kids Orbit to organize games at recess and after school. 

Hoke, whose ancestry is Puerto Rican and South Asian, has helped bridge the divide between white and black parents, parents say. The PTO has two co-presidents, Andrew Marshall, who is black, and Cook, who is white.

Some of the school’s longtime strengths include a champion chess team, a rugby team, a drama program, and a software engineering program that teaches computer coding to 3rd- through 5th-graders. On our visit, we saw lively pre-kindergarten classes with children building with blocks and splashing in a water table. Some of the classrooms for older children were well-equipped with plenty of fun-to-read books, but others had somewhat tattered textbooks. In some classes, children were happily engaged in their work, but in one, a teacher yelled to maintain order. Hoke acknowledges the school is a work-in-progress and that it will take time to carry out his vision.

The school has a gifted program open to children from across District 13. In practice, many of the children in the gifted program live in the school zone. However, because the school has so much space for out-of-zone children, the general education classes have children from as far away as Sheepshead Bay and Bay Ridge.

The middle school, launched in 2008, has struggled to find its academic footing. Because of quirks in zoning, children who are zoned for PS 282, part of District 13, are eligible to attend District 15 middle schools and many take advantage of that option.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school offers ICT (integrated co-teaching) classes. 

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school. District-wide gifted program. The school has long had room for children from outside the attendance zone. (Clara Hemphill, June 2015)

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 930

Average Daily Attendance 93%

Students at this school

Asian

  
3%

Black

  
61%

Hispanic

  
25%

White

  
10%

Free Lunch

  
65%

Special ed

  
12%

English Language Learners

  
3%

Safety & vibe

ARE KIDS
NICE?

How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?

37% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

29% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average kindergarten class

23 23 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average fifth grade class

27 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average middle school english class

25 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

18% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

26% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

22% 23% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

58% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

74% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

77% 87% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students in grades 3-8 who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam

32% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students in grades 3-8 who scored 3 or 4 on the state ela exam

31% 29% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

81% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 8th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state science exam

37% 52% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 8th grades pass high school regents exams?

Percent of 8th graders who take and pass the algebra regents:

0% 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 8th graders who take and pass a science regents:

0% 15% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Parents

Are parents involved?

How many parents responded to the school survey?

40% 62% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

73% 69% 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?

75% 71% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Do parents like the school?

How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?

84% 93% 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:

7% 3% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 1% 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:

8% 14% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

4% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

97% 97% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

51% 87% 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?

82% 88% 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:

0% 4% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

47% 88% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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