PS/IS 66

845 EAST 96 STREET
BROOKLYN NY 11236 Map
Phone: (718) 922-3505
Website: Click here
Admissions: District 18
Principal: Lucille Jackson
Neighborhood: Canarsie
District: 18
Grade range: PK-8
Parent Coordinator: MILTON BAKER
Unzoned
Wheelchair Accessible

What's special:

School open to children from across District 18

The downside:

School's location in an industrial area by a busy road

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

PS/IS 66, open to children from across District 18, is a welcoming school with a challenging curriculum and good attendance.

The building, opened in 2003, sprawls over a large lot that includes basketball and tennis courts as well as two playgrounds and a garden. A high tech science lab for middle school students opened in 2009 and an early childhood center—with water tables for early science lessons and plenty of blocks to teach early math concepts—opened in 2011. Unfortunately, the school is next to a heavy industrial area, bordered by heavily trafficked Rockaway Parkway.

District superintendent Beverly Wilkins praised Principal Lucille Jackson for creating a welcoming environment with high academic standards. Jackson, formerly the assistant principal, has led the school since 2010.

Some teachers have expressed concerns about order and discipline, and one-quarter of the middle school students responding to the Learning Environment Survey said they don’t always feel safe in the corridors or in the neighborhood outside the building. Howver, incidents of bullying have declined since the middle school introduced an anti-bullying curriculum, Wilkins wrote in the school's 2012 Quality Review.

Special education: The school offers both “self-contained" classes (children with special needs only), and team-teaching classes, where children with special needs and children in general education learn side-by-side, with two teachers.

Admissions: Call the parent coordinator to arrange a tour. Children are admitted by lottery. (Clara Hemphill, statistics and web reports, February 2013)

InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 777

Average Daily Attendance 96%

Students at this school

Asian

  
0%

Black

  
90%

Hispanic

  
7%

White

  
2%

Free Lunch

  
74%

Special ed

  
7%

English Language Learners

  
2%

Safety & vibe

ARE KIDS
NICE?

How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?

32% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

76% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average kindergarten class

23 23 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average fifth grade class

28 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average middle school english class

26 26 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?

83% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

7% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

92% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

84% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

89% 87% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students in grades 3-8 who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam

37% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students in grades 3-8 who scored 3 or 4 on the state ela exam

22% 29% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

94% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 8th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state science exam

77% 59% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 8th grades pass high school regents exams?

Percent of 8th graders who take and pass the algebra regents:

0% 23% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 8th graders who take and pass a science regents:

0% 15% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Parents

Are parents involved?

How many parents responded to the school survey?

40% 62% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

76% 69% 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?

73% 71% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Do parents like the school?

How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?

97% 93% 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:

0% 3% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 8% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

3% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

97% 97% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

92% 87% 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?

92% 88% 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% 4% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

89% 88% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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