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Students at PS 24 are taught tolerance, self-expression, and empathy, as well as academics. School leaders believe in the importance of community, family ties and in teaching the “whole child,” and PS 24 is an embodiment of those beliefs.
The school is welcoming to a diverse array of families. The brilliant colored murals on the walls depict the trials and triumphs of immigrant life. Inside the sounds of English and Spanish intermingle as parents and children pour in at the start of school. Most of the students are taught in dual language classes, in which they learn in English and Spanish on alternating days.
The “whole child” approach is nurtured through a program with Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility, called the 4Rs (reading, writing, respect, and resolution). Lessons are often followed with time for the students to discuss among themselves what they have learned. Children are praised for working out problems in original ways. As part of the 4Rs program, kindergartners trace the shape of their hands, opening a discussion about diversity. Diversity panels, composed of older students, visit classrooms to speak of their experiences. Their young audiences gain understanding and empathy and in return offer up encouragement.
PS 24 has a strong arts curriculum. Every year, each class creates and performs its own musical based on topics covered in the curriculum. For example, one class play was about insects. Students work on all facets of the production, including writing the lyrics, musical score, and script. The school collaborates with Brooklyn Arts Exchange for theater and movement, and the Manhattan New Music Project, which sends musicians to the school. Students get music instruction once a week. The school has become crowded, but recess is held in a spacious play yard every day.
The school makes an effort to act as a gathering place for families. There are Spanish Literacy classes for parents, so they can earn their GED in Spanish, and free English as a Second Language classes. Parents can also become Certified Learning Leaders, trained by the Learning Leaders Organization, and help out in the classroom. The PTA is active, if small, and organizes special school occasions like Family Game Night, where parents and kids play board games in the cafeteria.
PS 24 also has a medical clinic, an on-site dental clinic, two full-time social workers, and outpatient mental health services.
Longtime Principal Christina Fuentes left in September 2013 for a position at the central Department of Education. Rose Dubitsky, who had been an assistant principal at PS 24 and at two small progressive Manhattan schools -- Muscota and Ella Baker -- was named interim acting principal.
After school: Guided reading is offered four times a week. Supplemental Educational Services are available. There are free after-school programs, which include Library Club, Sports Explorers, cooking, gardening, and LEGO robotics. From January through May, the school offers a Saturday Test Prep Academy in math and English for the state tests.
Special education: PS 24 offers ICT classes, including dual language classrooms. It also has both a bilingual and monolingual SETTS teachers, a physical and occupational therapist, and bilingual and English speech teachers. The building has two elevators and is barrier free.
Admissions: Neighborhood school. (Eliana Mascio, March 2012; updated March 2014 with new principal information)
At a glance
Number of Students 699
Average Daily Attendance 95%
Safety & vibe
How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?18% 15% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?86% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
ARE CLASSES BIG?
Number of students in an average kindergarten class23 23 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Number of students in an average fifth grade class19 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?73% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?68% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many students are chronically absent?10% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam
Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ela exam
Percent of 4th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 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 2012-2013 school year?69% 74% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Do parents like the school?
How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?94% 94% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Special ed & ELL
How well does this school serve students with disabilities?
As of 2012-2013, this school offers self-contained classes.
Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:6% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
As of 2012-2013, this school offers team teaching (ict).
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
As of 2012-2013, this school offers SETSS.
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:10% 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?
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?