P.S. 375 Jackie Robinson School

46 MCKEEVER PLACE
BROOKLYN NY 11225 Map
Phone: (718) 693-6655
Website: Click here
Admissions: Neighborhood school
Principal: Schwanna Ellman
Neighborhood: Crown Heights
District: 17
Grade range: PK-5
Parent Coordinator: ROBIN GRAHAM
Number of full-day PK seats: 36
Extended PK hours offered: Yes
Zoned
Dual Language
Full Day
School-based pre-k
Extended Day

What's special:

Dual language for children, GED and ESL classes for parents

The downside:

High rates of chronic absenteeism

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

When Schwanna Ellman became principal of PS 375 in October 2014, she vowed to change the school’s reputation as a place where parents were kept out. Now, parents are allowed in the building to drop off and pick up their children—not asked to wait outside whatever the weather. Tours are offered to anyone who asks, and parents are invited to volunteer in the Learning Leaders Program. The school offers GED and ESL classes for adults—a boon for the many Mexican immigrants in the neighborhood.

Once a month, parents may have “Tea with the Principal,” a chance to meet informally from 8:30 to 9:30 am.

Other changes were evident on our tour of PS 375: Children no longer line up to go to the bathroom as a class, but may go whenever they need to. Pre-kindergartners and kindergartners may take part in a dual language class in which they study in Spanish one day and English the next. The scripted ReadyGen reading curriculum has been replaced with Core Knowledge in the lower grades and Expeditionary Learning in the upper grades, a reading series that offers teachers more flexibility.

The school faces many challenges. Enrollment has declined in recent years, the result of gentrification and competition from charter schools, while the proportion of children with special needs and new immigrants learning English has grown. Many of the children who live in nearby housing projects are very needy, and chronic absenteeism is high. Academic achievement levels are low.

Nonetheless, Ellman has high hopes for the school. She began her teaching career at PS 175 in Harlem and was an intern-principal at PS 69 in the Bronx—a high-performing school in a tough neighborhood with a population that’s similar to PS 375’s. Ellman continues to rely on PS 69 principal Sheila Durant as a mentor, and hopes to adopt some of that school’s teaching techniques, such as the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education that encourages exploration and discovery.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school has self-contained and ICT classes.

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school. (Clara Hemphill, October 2015)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares a building with Ebbets Field Middle School

Number of Students 454

Average Daily Attendance 92%

Students at this school

Asian

  
3%

Black

  
62%

Hispanic

  
30%

White

  
4%

Free Lunch

  
90%

Special ed

  
24%

English Language Learners

  
25%

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?

92% 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?

84% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

30% 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

30% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

27% 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?

59% 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:

15% 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:

25% 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

5% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

17% 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

17% 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?

97% 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?

73% 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:

15% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

58% 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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