PS 244 Richard R. Green

An Insideschools pick for Special Education
5404 TILDEN AVENUE
BROOKLYN NY 11203 Map
Phone: (718) 346-6240
Website: Click here
Admissions: Neighborhood school
Principal: Deon Edwards
Neighborhood: East Flatbush
District: 18
Grade range: PK-5
Parent Coordinator: GAIL WRIGHT
Number of full-day PK seats: 36
Extended PK hours offered: Contact program about extended hours.
Zoned
Full Day
School-based pre-k

What's special:

Strong special education services

The downside:

Test scores are only average

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

DECEMBER 2014 UPDATE: In 2014, Deon Edwards replaced long time principal Grace Alesia. Deon Edwards was formerly assistant principal at PS 235 Janice Knight School.

FEBRUARY 2013 REVIEW: PS 244 has high academic standards, stable leadership and a staff that works together as a team. It’s particularly well-known for its special education services, which include a NEST program for higher functioning children with autism.

Situated in a predominantly Caribbean-American community, PS 244 is housed in a large building with two wings, one built in 1934 and the other in 1995. The school is immaculate: the floors shine and the brass railings in the entrance are polished.

PS 244 offers an impressive array of facilities including a library, auditorium, dance room, art room, music room, math lab, computer lab, gym, an adaptive physical education room (for physically challenged students) and an elevator (in the new wing). Outside, the school has several yards, including one equipped with a series of steel drums for children to play during recess.

Children “learn by doing” and teachers “work collaboratively to share good practices,” district superintendent Beverly Wilkins wrote in the school’s Quality Review. “Teachers feel extremely supported. “ She called the school “well developed,” the highest ranking in the Quality Review. Grace Alesia has been principal for more than a decade.

The school’s test scores, while respectable, are only average for the city. The school, like many in the district, has been losing population in recent years.

Special education: This barrier free school has a NEST program for children on the autism spectrum. It has "self-contained" classes, for children with special needs only, as well as team-taught "inclusion classes," where two teachers work in the same classroom with both general education students and those needing special services. Dorothy Siegel, a researcher at New York University who helped develop the NEST program, said the school is a loving place with high academic standards.

Admissions: Neighborhood school. PS 244 does not offer tours for prospective parents. (Laura Zingmond, March 2005, updated by Clara Hemphill, February 2013)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with Brooklyn Science and Engineering Academy

Number of Students 610

Average Daily Attendance 93%

Students at this school

Asian

  
0%

Black

  
96%

Hispanic

  
3%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
80%

Special ed

  
22%

English Language Learners

  
2%

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?

45% 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?

35% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

23% 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

33% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

45% 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?

35% 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:

0% 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:

28% 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

11% 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?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

84% 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?

81% 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:

NA 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 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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