P.S. 705 Brooklyn Arts and Science Elementary School

An Insideschools pick
An Insideschools pick for Special Education
443 ST MARKS AVENUE
BROOKLYN NY 11238 Map
Phone: (718) 230-0851
Website: Click here
Admissions: Neighborhood school
Principal: Sandra Beauvoir Soto
Neighborhood: Crown Heights
District:17
Grade range: PK-5
Zoned
Dual Language
Wheelchair Accessible
New School

What's special:

Dynamic leadership; arts and music for all students

The downside:

School needs to recruit more Spanish speaking students for dual language program

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

PS 705, the Brooklyn Arts and Science Elementary School (BASES), is a progressive-minded school started in 2012 on the border of two gentrifying neighborhoods, Prospect Heights and Crown Heights. Music, art and dance classes help kids discover hidden talents and the school offers a supportive, positive atmosphere that parents praise.

Founding Principal Sandra Soto says her goal was to create a school that encourages each child to develop their interests into strengths. “Find what a child has potential to do well and you can find resilience,” Soto said. The school offers two classes per grade, one dual language and one ICT (integrated co-teaching) classes, so “parents have a range of options.”

Students in dual language work in Spanish one day and English the next. Dual language classes are meant to be a 50-50 split of native English and Spanish-speakers but Soto says the classes are not evenly balanced because the school has had difficulty recruiting children who speak Spanish. She has been trying to attract Spanish-speakers from outside of the school’s zone.

For kids who need extra attention from adults, Soto said, the school offers ICT classes, taught by two teachers, one certified in special education. Soto meets with parents to determine which class is best for their child, and kids can switch from ICT into dual language up to the 1st grade.

Classes are small – with fewer than 25 students – and have a fun, comfortable atmosphere. Rooms are well-stocked with classroom libraries and hallways are brightly painted and display lots of student artwork. The building, constructed in the 1990s, is a clean and up-to-date facility with water fountains and bathrooms in most classrooms.

PS 705 is committed to offering art, music, and dance to all students. Some students participate in a fencing program. Daily recess is a must, no matter the weather, Soto said.

Soto was previously an administrator at PS 189. She has a master’s degree in bilingual education and has been a literacy coach and a bilingual and ESL teacher.

PS 705 was created to replace PS 22, which is closing in 2014 due to poor performance.PS 705 also shares the building with Explore Exceed Charter School.

Admissions: Zoned school. The dual language program accepts out-of-zone students who speak Spanish at home. Contact the school and see their website for information.

Special Education: The school offers a range of options for students with special needs. There are ICT classes for each grade and bridged self-contained classes (K-1 and 2-3). (Anna Schneider, March 2013)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares its building with Explore Exceed Charter School

Number of Students 268

Average Daily Attendance 90%

Students at this school

Asian

  
6%

Black

  
54%

Hispanic

  
27%

White

  
12%

Free Lunch

  
72%

Special ed

  
21%

English Language Learners

  
10%

Safety & vibe

ARE KIDS
NICE?

How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?

23% 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

64% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average kindergarten class

28 23 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average fifth grade class

NA 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

86% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

86% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

NA 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

92% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

86% 88% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

93% 91% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

20% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

9% 29% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 86% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Parents

Are parents involved?

How many parents responded to the 2014 school survey?

78% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

87% 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?

85% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Do parents like the school?

How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?

95% 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:

NA 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 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:

NA 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

99% 98% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

86% 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?

84% 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:

NA 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

86% 90% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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