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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)
At a glance
Number of Students 24
Average Daily Attendance 91%
Safety & vibe
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 classNA 23 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Number of students in an average fifth grade class17 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
How many students are chronically absent?37% 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?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?
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:0% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:5% 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: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?
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?