BROOKLYN NY 11236 Map
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)
At a glance
Number of Students 777
Average Daily Attendance 96%
Safety & vibe
How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?20% 20% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?76% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
ARE CLASSES BIG?
Number of students in an average kindergarten class23 23 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Number of students in an average fifth grade class28 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Number of students in an average middle school english class26 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?80% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?86% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many students are chronically absent?7% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of students in grades 3-8 who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam
Percent of students in grades 3-8 who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ela exam
Percent of 4th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 science exam
Percent of 8th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 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 2012-2013 school year?70% 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Do parents like the school?
How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?95% 92% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Special ed & ELL
How well does this school serve students with disabilities?
As of 2012-2013, this school offers self-contained classes.
Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:0% 3% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:0% 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
As of 2012-2013, this school does not offer team teaching (ict).
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:NA 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:NA 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
As of 2012-2013, this school offers SETSS.
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:3% 10% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:0% 6% 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?