P.S. 58 The Carroll
BROOKLYN NY 11231 Map
P.S. 58 The Carroll
Extended PK hours offered: Contact program about extended hours.
A solid neighborhood school in brownstone Carroll Gardens, PS 58 is best-known for its French-English dual language program, which draws French-speaking children from France and Canada.
The school’s enrollment has tripled in the past decade, a trend administrators view with pride and a little concern. Specialists use every nook and cranny in the sprawling building, even converting half of a large hallway into a semipartitioned space. Nonetheless, the school still has space for a large art room, library, and science lab. In 2016, two of the three pre-kindergarten classes were relocated to an offsite annex.
We saw a few classes where kids seemed bored as they silently filled out workbooks. We also saw some imaginative projects: 5th-graders created a wall display of hand-drawn book covers and essays on topics such as the Trail of Tears, the forced relocation of Native Americans. In a nearby room, a 4th-grade French-English dual-language class was hard at work on essays about life in colonial Canada.
The school puts a premium on high-quality, bilingual educators to staff the dual-language program. In kindergarten and 1st grade, students spend half the day in French and half in English with one bilingual teacher, while 2nd-graders alternate a full day in French with a full day in English, also with a single teacher. In 3rd–5th grade, students alternate between side-by-side classrooms, one with a teacher fluent in French, the other in English.
Families come to school on a regular basis to watch 5th-grade musical productions of, for example, “Shrek,” or to see a performance of the student string orchestra. The school has full-time music and art teachers. PS 58 offers ballroom dancing and chess, and has artists-in-residence from the New York City Ballet and the Metropolitan Opera.
A fee-based after-school program run by Kids Orbit runs until 6 pm, and the PTA offers 30 after-school classes, including gardening, ping pong, flamenco, digital literacy, comic book–making, urban dance, upcycling, jewelry-making and Mandarin.
Most students go on to MS 51, although MS 88 and the arts-focused New Voices School of Academic and Creative Arts are also popular. A new local middle school, School for International Studies, has also generated interest among families, Dello Stritto said.
SPECIAL EDUCATION: There is an ICT class in every grade and two mixed-grade self-contained 12:1 classes for students with severe learning differences. The school also offers SETSS, occupational therapy and speech therapy.
ADMISSIONS: Zoned school. Dello Stritto said the school has not had room for out-of-zone students for several years, even for the popular French dual language program, which has attracted many French-speaking families to the neighborhood. (Aimee Sabo, March 2015)
At a glance
Number of Students 994
Average Daily Attendance 96%
Safety & vibe
How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?100% 81% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
ARE CLASSES BIG?
Number of students in an average kindergarten classNA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Number of students in an average fifth grade classNA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE
DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?93% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many students are chronically absent?6% 23% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam
Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state ela exam
Percent of 4th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state 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 last school year?NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Do parents like the school?
How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Special ed & ELL
How well does this school serve students with disabilities?
This school offers self-contained classes.
Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:15% 8% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
This school offers team teaching (ict).
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:57% 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:30% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:36% 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:8% 9% 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?