P.S. 335 Granville T. Woods

An Insideschools pick
130 ROCHESTER AVENUE
BROOKLYN NY 11213 Map
Phone: (718) 493-7736
Website: Click here
Admissions: neighborhood school
Principal: Karena Thompson
Neighborhood: Crown Heights
District: 16
Grade range: PK-5
Parent Coordinator: Yvette Holley
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What's special:

Parents feel welcome and kids get lots of academic support.

The downside:

Neighborhood is not the best.

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

PS 335 has a nurturing atmosphere, stable leadership and teachers who work together as a team. Parents say they feel welcome and teachers say the principal is supportive and effective.

The school's test scores are well above the citywide average, a remarkable achievement considering that nearly all children are poor enough to qualify for free lunch.

The building is nothing special, but the tone is pleasant. The library is bright and spacious and every room has computers. Children walk two-by-two in orderly lines from their classes to the lunchroom. The school shares a building with a middle school, MS 584.

Laverne C. Nimmons,who has been principal since 2003, offers students an intense level of support, both for academics and for any social or emotional issues they may be facing. The school has three guidance counselors, a psychologist and a social worker. Teachers offer a positive approach to discipline: if a child misbehaves, teachers explain why he or she has done something wrong, but don't dwell on the problem.

Staff attribute their success to their approach to teaching, which involves very precise diagnoses of what a child doesn't understand, followed by help in a very small group of other children. Attendance is poor but improving: about one third of the students typically miss more than a month of school.

A downside: Staff say the neighborhood can be dangerous, and that parents insist their children go straight home from school and stay inside, rather than risk playing outside.

Special education: The school offers a range of services, including collaborative team teaching and self-contained classes.

Admissions: neighborhood school. (Clara Hemphill, interviews, January, 2012)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares a building with MS 584

Number of Students 375

Average Daily Attendance 90%

Students at this school

Asian

  
1%

Black

  
81%

Hispanic

  
16%

White

  
3%

Free Lunch

  
92%

Special ed

  
22%

English Language Learners

  
4%

Safety & vibe

ARE KIDS
NICE?

How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?

15% 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

88% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average kindergarten class

24 23 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average fifth grade class

20 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

85% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

97% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

46% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

94% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 88% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 91% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

15% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

18% 29% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

76% 86% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Parents

Are parents involved?

How many parents responded to the school survey?

54% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

65% 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?

65% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Do parents like the school?

How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?

86% 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:

0% 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:

8% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

97% 98% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

88% 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?

91% 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:

33% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

94% 90% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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