MS 136 Charles O. Dewey

4004 4 AVENUE
BROOKLYN NY 11232 Map
Phone: (718) 840-1950
Website: Click here
Admissions: District 15 choice
Principal: Eric Sackler
Neighborhood: Sunset Park
District: 15
Grade range: 5-8
Parent Coordinator: Damaris Garcia
Unzoned

What's special:

Welcoming atmosphere in neighborhood school;lots of extra-curriculars & trips

The downside:

Academic achievement remains low

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Charles O. Dewey, MS 136 is a calm and orderly school which has a largely Latino population that comes from surrounding blocks in Sunset Park. It shares a large, well-kept century-old brick building with Sunset Park Prep. Dewey counts on many community organizations for support and it offers students opportunities to explore the world beyond their neighborhood, even as it is striving to boost academic achievement among its students, most of whom come in performing below grade level.

The number of non-English-speaking students has nearly doubled since 2006 with more than 40 percent of the students needing extra instruction in English. A bilingual parent coordinator reaches out to Spanish-speaking parents; all notices are sent home in two languages and translation is available at all meetings and parent conferences, according to the Quality Review.

MS 136 has had somewhat of a bumpy ride over the past decade. Marked for closure by the city in 2012 because of low test scores, it was given a reprieve when the Department of Education assigned an outside organization, CEI-PEA  to help  implement programs aimed at increasing student achievement.

Erick Sackler, principal since 2007, receives high marks from the school community of students, parents and teachers on an annual school survey. "I treat them [students] like I treat my kids at home," Sackler told Insideschools on a 2008 visit to the school. "You show them respect and love and they show it back."

District superintendent Anita Skop praised Dewey's inclusive "familial tone," in which all staff knows virtually all the children. She noted its high attendance, renewed focus on writing and improvements in teaching special education students in a review of the school. Dewey adopted a program called The Leader in Me, adding an instructional period each week devoted to lessons aimed at giving kids more self-confidence and better academic skills, according to the school's website

However, academics still have a ways to go. Teaching is inconsistent from class to class with some advanced students not being sufficiently challenged, according to the superintendent's report. State test scores remain well below the city average.

On the plus side, 10-15 percent of 8th graders pass Regents math and science exams for high school credit. There are a wide array of enrichment programs during and after school, including sports teams, a math club, a dance troupe and a Student Council. There are annual camping trips and some children have even taken research trips to Costa Rica and South Dakota, according to the website.

The building's Beacon program runs daily from 3-9 pm and the local Center for Family Life operates an afterschool program. Other community organizations work closely with the school.

Special education: A fifth of the students have special needs. They are served in both team-teaching and self-contained classrooms.

Admissions: Open to District 15. The school reviews attendance, report cards and teacher recommendations. (Pamela Wheaton, December 2013, web reports).

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with Sunset Park Prep and PS 516

Number of Students 487

Average Daily Attendance 93%

Uniforms? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
7%

Black

  
2%

Hispanic

  
86%

White

  
5%

Free Lunch

  
96%

Special ed

  
23%

English Language Learners

  
44%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.12 2.60 CITYWIDE AVERAGE


1 = Far below grade level 2 = Below grade level 3 = At grade level 4 = Above grade level

Safety & vibe

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

80% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students say this school offers enough programs to keep them interested?

90% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE KIDS NICE?

How many students complain about bullying?

67% 71% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students say students at their school respect one another?

76% 57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

95% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

88% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

24 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students are chronically absent?

17% 24% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

6% 26% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ela exam

7% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

14% 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS Prep

How many 8th graders pass high school regents exams?

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

12% 18% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

10% 14% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How do graduates do in 9th grade?

Percent who pass all their classes freshman year:

76% 87% 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:

0% 2% 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:

2% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

6% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

3% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 6% 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:

1% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

14% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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