P.S. 241 Emma L. Johnston

An Insideschools pick
976 PRESIDENT STREET
BROOKLYN NY 11225 Map
Phone: (718) 636-4725
Website: Click here
Admissions: Neighborhood school
Principal: Frantz Lucius
Neighborhood: Crown Heights
District: 17
Grade range: PK-5
Parent Coordinator: PAULETTE MORRISSETTE
Number of full-day PK seats: 72
Extended PK hours offered: Contact program about extended hours.
Zoned
Full Day
School-based pre-k

What's special:

Museum trips and lively class discussions

The downside:

Gentrification has forced longtime residents out

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

An engaging curriculum, high expectations, creative lessons, and a group of teachers who work together as a team have earned PS 241 high marks on the city’s Quality Review. The school takes advantage of its location to take children on frequent class trips to the nearby Brooklyn Museum, the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens and the Brooklyn Children’s Museum.

The teachers are adept at sparking lively class discussions and there are lots of hands-on projects and fun activities. Children are grouped by ability; the strongest students are placed in an “enrichment class.”

Students seem eager to share their ideas, often in the grammatically correct complete sentences that their teachers want. In a 2nd-grade class, the teacher asked what it means to fight for a cause and then asked children to identify causes and people who had fought for them. Kindergartners animatedly considered whether a character in a story was “mean” or “unhappy.” Another kindergarten class worked in pairs to come up with letter sounds and then reported back. "My partner says, 'Popcorn pops,'" one boy offered.

In math, students are expected not only to solve problems but also to create models for solving them.

This approach also prompts discussion. A 5th-grader drew varied responses when she showed how she had solved a fraction problem. "I agree with what the number is, but I disagree with the model," one of her classmates said.

Teachers find unusual topics for students to write about. Third-graders in the enrichment class were assigned two countries and were asked to write an essay on which one was more deserving of the free books a fictional librarian planned to distribute. Another class wrote about whether snakes or sharks posed a greater danger to other animals.

In addition to trips to local museums, children may visit the United Nations and a local farm. Teaching artists come to PS 241 to offer programs in theater and dance.

The school can pay for some special programs because of the largess of Peter Malkin, a prestigious alumnus. He attended PS 241 in the 1940s and went on to graduate from Harvard and own the Empire State Building. Each year, he returns as “principal for a day” and has helped the school purchase technology and rebuild a playground.

The school’s enrollment declined substantially a decade ago. It lost some children to charter schools but many more to rising housing costs that have driven families out of the neighborhood, says Frantz Lucius, who has been principal since 2010. The newcomers either do not have children, Lucius says, or if they do they are not sending them to PS 241. Whether that will change—and what effect it will have on PS 241—remains uncertain.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: PS 241 offers team-teaching classes with a mix of general students and those with special needs. About 10 percent of students are English language learners, including a number from Africa whose native language is Fulani. Instruction for English language learners is provided both inside and outside their regular classroom.

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school. (Gail Robinson, March 2016)

InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 552

Average Daily Attendance 93%

Students at this school

Asian

  
0%

Black

  
86%

Hispanic

  
10%

White

  
2%

Free Lunch

  
87%

Special ed

  
9%

English Language Learners

  
8%

Safety & vibe

ARE KIDS
NICE?

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?

84% 81% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average kindergarten class

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average fifth grade class

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

81% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

23% 23% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

55% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

46% 40% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Parents

Are parents involved?

How many parents responded to the school survey?

71% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA 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?

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?

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:

11% 8% 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:

9% 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

94% 93% 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?

78% 86% 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:

11% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

50% 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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