PS 244 Richard R. Green
BROOKLYN NY 11203 Map
PS 244 Richard R. Green
Extended PK hours offered: Contact program about extended hours.
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)
At a glance
Number of Students 610
Average Daily Attendance 93%
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?45% 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?35% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many students are chronically absent?23% 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:0% 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: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?
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?