P.S. 241 Emma L. Johnston

976 PRESIDENT STREET
BROOKLYN NY 11225 Map
Phone: (718) 636-4725
Admissions: Neighborhood school
Principal: Frantz Lucius
Neighborhood: Crown Heights
District:17
Grade range: PK-5
Parent Coordinator: PAULETTE MORRISSETTE
Zoned

What's special:

Partnerships with cultural institutions which provide arts programs

The downside:

Some discipline concerns and high suspension rate

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

PS 241, a midsize District 17 elementary school that attracts many out of zone students, takes advantage of its prime location in the heart of Brooklyn's cultural center with regular excursions to the nearby Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Museum, and Prospect Park.

Former pupils at the school, including philanthropist and principal for a day Peter Malkin, sponsor collaborations with arts organizations such as the Lincoln Center Institute  and Carnegie Hall to bring teaching artists to the school. Malkin also donated a new computer lab and a new playground.

Principal Frantz Lucius came to PS 241 in 2010 after eight years as an assistant principal at the highly-regarded K-8 school, PS 189 and he would like to see PS 241 achieve the same level of excellence and, perhaps, grow to include a middle school.

"Coming from PS 189, a school of excellence, I want to instill the same principles," he said. "This is a changing neighborhood and we want to have a school that all parents can be proud of."

There is room to expand at the school, says Lucius, noting that 15 years ago it had 1100 students. A mini-building, painted like a fishbowl by the school custodian, houses three full-day pre-kindergarten and four kindergarten classes. "It's a great to have them in the same environment," Lucius said.

The early childhood center is sits behind a newly renovated "NanaBanana" playground, which boasts basketball and tennis courts, along with play equipment.

The school focuses on the arts and Lucius' goal is to devote Friday afternoons to the arts. A YouTube video shows the music teacher leading children in a handchime choir. Children are taught to read music notation while learning to play piano in a digital keyboard lab; 3rd-graders participate in the Carnegie Hall Link Up program, receiving recorders and workbooks to prepare them to take part in the interactive performance with the orchestra at Carnegie Hall each spring. Ballet Tech takes selected students to their off-site school for dance training and Young Audiences New York presents assembly programs in the school auditorium.

Test scores are solid for the district and the school received an "A" on its 2011 Progress Report. Still there is room for improvement, says Lucius, who has begun offering enrichment classes in grades K, 1 and 2 for higher-achievers who might otherwise test into gifted and talented programs in other schools.

"We try to differentiate with the curriculum and also with the collaboration with cultural institutions – the children go on trips to museums," he said. A program called Junior Great Books promotes critical thinking; arts, computer and music teachers collaborate on projects.

Staff and parents expressed concerns about rowdiness in the playground at lunchtime, and some teachers complain about a lack of discipline and respect, according to the 2011 Learning Environment Survey. There were 35 suspensions in 2010 and 26 in 2011, as compared to 10 in 2009.

But parents and teachers over-all give the school high marks. The 2011 Learning Environment Survey shows that 96% of the parents who took the survey are pleased with the education; 92% of the teachers surveyed said that school leaders allow them to take a "meaningful role in setting goals and making important decisions." In 2009 only 38% of the teachers said they had been given a meaningful role.

After school: Mostly academic programs. Violin instruction is provided by the Noel Pointer Foundation. The Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation offers Ballroom Dancing and Glee Club.

Special education: There are both integrated co-teaching classes and self-contained classes at the school.

English Language Learners: About 70 children qualify for ESL classes, many of them come from Africa or Haiti, the principal's birthplace. (Pamela Wheaton, January 2012; phone interviews and web reports.)

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 657

Average Daily Attendance 93%

Students at this school

Asian

  
1%

Black

  
85%

Hispanic

  
10%

White

  
2%

Free Lunch

  
85%

Special ed

  
10%

English Language Learners

  
10%

Safety & vibe

ARE KIDS
NICE?

How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?

10% 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

83% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average kindergarten class

21 23 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average fifth grade class

26 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

77% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

90% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

23% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

81% 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 2014 math exam

45% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ela exam

40% 29% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 4th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 science exam

84% 86% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Parents

Are parents involved?

How many parents responded to the 2014 school survey?

79% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many parents say they attended at least one pta meeting in the 2013-2014 school year?

73% 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 2013-2014 school year?

68% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Do parents like the school?

How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?

90% 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 2014 math exam:

0% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 math exam:

6% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

0% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 math exam:

14% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

14% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

94% 98% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

87% 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?

84% 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

Percent of ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

4% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of former ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

27% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

90% 90% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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