P.S. 290 Juan Morel Campos

An Insideschools pick
135 SCHENCK AVENUE
BROOKLYN NY 11207 Map
Phone: (718) 647-1113
Website: Click here
Admissions: Neighborhood school
Principal: WILLENA GEORGE
Neighborhood: East New York
District:19
Grade range: PK-5
Parent Coordinator: LEONOR ROLDAN
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What's special:

Strong leadership

The downside:

Space constraints, temporary buildings

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Since joining the school in fall 2003, Principal Willena George has overseen an overall rise in test scores at PS 290 (with a few dips) and she and her teachers have established a safe and orderly tone. School surveys show that 100 percent of teachers feel George is an effective manager. Even with setbacks—in 2013 test scores across the city plummeted when kids took harder tests—her staff has been able to recover and regroup.

Twenty-nine percent of the students were proficient (scoring a level 3 or 4, out of 4, on state tests) in 2013, but by 2014 that number had jumped ten percentage points. Twenty-five percent were proficient in reading in 2014, an improvement over the year before. While these scores are still average, the pattern since her arrival has shown that George and her staff know how to move the needle, even during periods of change.

Ballet Tech provides dance instruction and there is a visual arts teacher, but it seems like a drawback that a school named after Juan Morel Campos—an important Puerto Rican composer, who started studying music at the age of 8—does not have a full-time music teacher.

Space is also tight. A single, large room functions as the "gymnatorium," a gym, cafeteria and auditorium. Some physical education classes meet in classrooms, and a number of classes meet in two temporary buildings behind the school.

Special education: There are three self-contained special education classes and team-taught classes on every grade level.

Admissions: Neighborhood school. (Lydie Raschka, web reports and school data, September 2014)

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 574

Average Daily Attendance 93%

Students at this school

Asian

  
4%

Black

  
24%

Hispanic

  
71%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
96%

Special ed

  
12%

English Language Learners

  
20%

Safety & vibe

ARE KIDS
NICE?

How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?

13% 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

93% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average kindergarten class

22 23 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average fifth grade class

19 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

100% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

79% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

25% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

83% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

82% 88% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

79% 91% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 math exam

39% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ela exam

25% 29% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 4th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 science exam

95% 86% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Parents

Are parents involved?

How many parents responded to the 2014 school survey?

48% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many parents say they attended at least one pta meeting in the 2013-2014 school year?

71% 72% 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 2013-2014 school year?

69% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Do parents like the school?

How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?

96% 94% 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 2014 math exam:

22% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

6% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 math exam:

NA 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

NA 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 math exam:

0% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

0% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

96% 98% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

97% 89% 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?

75% 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

Percent of ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

13% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of former ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

13% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

90% 90% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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