P.S. 375 Jackie Robinson School
BROOKLYN NY 11225 Map
P.S. 375 Jackie Robinson School
Extended PK hours offered: Yes
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)
At a glance
Number of Students 454
Average Daily Attendance 92%
Safety & vibe
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 classNA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Number of students in an average fifth grade classNA 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
How many students are chronically absent?30% 23% 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?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?
This school offers self-contained classes.
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
This school offers team teaching (ict).
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?
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?