P.S. 22

443 ST MARKS AVENUE
BROOKLYN NY 11238 Map
Phone: (718) 857-4503
Admissions: Neighborhood school
Wheelchair accessible
Principal: CARLEN PADMORE-GATEAU
Neighborhood: Crown Heights
District: 17
Grade range: 05
Parent Coordinator: RANDY WARE

What's special:

Attractive building; beautiful pre-K classrooms

The downside:

School is closing

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

An innovative design featuring an abundance of glass and a modernist clock tower makes PS 22 an intriguing architectural face on the long block of St. Marks Avenue near Prospect Park. Built in 1996 to serve pre-K - 3rd grades, the school expanded to include upper grades, packing 5th graders in rooms designed for much smaller students. Two pre-kindergarten classrooms, offering full day programs, are among the nicest in the building, featuring working kitchens, separate bathrooms, indoor climbing structures, and toys in good condition.

After several years of poor performance, a declining population, safety concerns and a teachers' vote of "no confidence" in Principal Carlen Padmore-Gatueau, the Education Department decided to close the school. Beginning in 2012 PS 22 no longer admits new students. Children in kindergarten through 3rd grade are being assigned to a new school opening in the building, PS 705. Fourth and 5th graders will stay at PS 22 until the school officially closes in 2014. A new charter school, Explore Exceed, will be housed in the building, opening with grades K-3. The charter school gives priority in admissions to students who are considered to be at risk because they are zoned for schools that are being phased out.

The move to close the school comes after years in which teachers complained about the administration, citing the principal's "failure to report safety incidents, neglect of English language learners, failure to honor student IEP modifications, failure to respond promptly to classroom emergencies and violations of the student discipline code"  The school has been on the list of those considered to be "persistently dangerous."

Padmore-Gateau, principal since 2004, received one of the lowest rankings in the city on the 2010-2011 Learning Environment Survey. Only one quarter of the teachers who took the survey said that they trusted the principal or felt she was an effective manager.

Special education: The building is barrier-free, providing accessible facilities as well as physical therapy for kids with physical disabilities. Nearly a quarter of the PS 22 population requires special education services. (Pamela Wheaton, web reports, February 2012)

 

 

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares its building

Number of Students 24

Average Daily Attendance 91%

Students at this school

Asian

  
4%

Black

  
75%

Hispanic

  
21%

White

  
0%

Free Lunch

  
92%

Special ed

  
38%

English Language Learners

  
13%

Safety & vibe

ARE KIDS
NICE?

How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?

75% 15% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

38% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average kindergarten class

NA 23 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average fifth grade class

17 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

38% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

25% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

37% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

51% 85% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

63% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

57% 88% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam

3% 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ela exam

11% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 4th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 science exam

59% 87% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Parents

Are parents involved?

How many parents responded to the 2013 school survey?

46% 69% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many parents say they attended at least one pta meeting in the 2012-2013 school year?

87% 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 2012-2013 school year?

66% 74% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Do parents like the school?

How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?

88% 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 2013 math exam:

0% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

5% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:

0% 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?

83% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

51% 91% 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?

86% 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

Percent of ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

0% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of former ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

50% 29% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

51% 91% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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