P.S. 31 Samuel F. Dupont

75 MESEROLE AVENUE
BROOKLYN NY 11222 Map
Phone: (718) 383-8998
Website: Click here
Admissions: Neighborhood school
Principal: Mary Scarlato
Neighborhood: Williamsburg/ Greenpoint
District: 14
Grade range: PK-5
Parent Coordinator: Joanne Switalski
Zoned

What's special:

Very high test scores

The downside:

May be too traditional for some parents' tastes

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

PS 31 is a high-performing, traditional school where order and discipline are prized. Test scores are among the highest in the city.

While a few parents complain that discipline can be rigid and that too much time is spent preparing children for standardized tests prep, most seem to be enthusiastic. Parents responding to the Learning Environment Survey uniformly agreed that academic standards are high and that the school is safe and welcoming.

Students walk quietly down the hallways, and pre-kindergartners politely push in their chairs when they are asked to gather on the classroom rug. But students also kick up their heels enthusiastically in dance class, where they "shake their buttons" to the merengue, or stomp in line as the music urges, "Everybody dance now!" The school has a strong cadre of teachers, its hallways and classrooms display interesting student projects, and it is exceptionally neat and clean the light-blue hallways literally glisten. Children do not have recess.

The school has an award-winning chess team.

Special education: Self-contained and team-teaching classes are offered.

Admissions: The school accepts all students within its zone boundaries. Because the school's building originally was intended as a temporary space, PS 31's zone is actually about a mile away from the school itself. Zoned students are provided with transportation. The school often has room for children from outside the zone. Call the school for tour dates. (Deborah Apsel, February 2005, updated February 2013)

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 596

Average Daily Attendance 95%

Students at this school

Asian

  
10%

Black

  
5%

Hispanic

  
47%

White

  
38%

Free Lunch

  
72%

Special ed

  
13%

English Language Learners

  
6%

Safety & vibe

ARE KIDS
NICE?

How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?

NA 17% 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

21 23 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average fifth grade class

23 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

83% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

92% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

12% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

89% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

97% 88% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

95% 91% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

76% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

52% 29% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 86% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Parents

Are parents involved?

How many parents responded to the school survey?

74% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

66% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Do parents like the school?

How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?

99% 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:

18% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

58% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

25% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

18% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

36% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 98% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

92% 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?

92% 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:

22% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

86% 90% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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