P.S. 241 Emma L. Johnston
BROOKLYN NY 11225 Map
P.S. 241 Emma L. Johnston
Extended PK hours offered: Please contact site for more information
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. Kindergarteners 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 theatre 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 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)
At a glance
Number of Students 552
Average Daily Attendance 93%
Safety & vibe
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?97% 86% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
ARE CLASSES BIG?
Number of students in an average kindergarten class17 23 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Number of students in an average fifth grade class22 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?89% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?96% 87% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many students are chronically absent?20% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam
Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state ela exam
Percent of 4th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state 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 last 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?
This school does not offer self-contained classes.
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
This school offers team teaching (ict).
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?
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?