PS 118 Maurice Sendak Community School

211 8TH STREET
BROOKLYN NY 11215 Map
Phone: (718) 840-5660
Website: Click here
Admissions: Neighborhood school
Principal: W Elizabet Garraway
Neighborhood: Park Slope
District: 15
Grade range: PK-1
Zoned
New School

What's special:

Pro-active parents & experienced leader for new school

The downside:

Too soon to tell

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

PS 118, also called the Maurice Sendak Community School, is designed to ease overcrowding in nearby PS 321 and PS 107. In fall 2013 it will open in a former parochial school building, St. Thomas Aquinas, with two kindergarten classes and two pre-kindergarten classes and will grow to have 14 classrooms in a pre-K to 5 school.

Elizabeth Garroway, most recently an assistant principal at PS 321, is the interim acting principal. She envisions a school that will have a "multicultural approach" in keeping with her own international background. A graduate of Midwood High School, she has a master's degree in Spanish and anthropology and studied in Europe. She told DNAinfo.com she plans to "'infuse' the school with Spanish."

"My background is in language, culure and people, and what's important to me is to use that background in the work that I do," Garroway told DNAinfo.com [photo of the building's exterior by DNAinfo].

Garroway's ties with the popular and successful PS 321 will continue as she will be mentored by Liz Phillips, PS 321 principal. A few of the teachers may come from PS 321. Even before the school opened, parents began working with Garroway to plan and to fundraise. They started a website, Founding Families. On their agenda-- working to make 4th Avenue safer, upgrading the building's playground and starting a garden.

Admission: Neighborhood school. The school's zone was carved out of the western side of PS 321's zone, roughly comprising the area between Third and Fourth avenues and President and Sixth Street. See a map on the Founding Families website. Children from outside of the zone are also encourged to apply. See the Facebook page for more admissions information. (Pamela Wheaton, news reports, February 2013)

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 82

Average Daily Attendance 94%

Students at this school

Asian

  
6%

Black

  
6%

Hispanic

  
18%

White

  
62%

Free Lunch

  
0%

Special ed

  
7%

English Language Learners

  
11%

Safety & vibe

ARE KIDS
NICE?

How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?

NA 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average kindergarten class

23 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?

100% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

100% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

NA 23% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

100% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 88% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 91% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 29% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Parents

Are parents involved?

How many parents responded to the school survey?

85% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

92% 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 last school year?

100% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Do parents like the school?

How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?

97% 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 state math exam:

NA 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 18% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 16% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

98% 98% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 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 state ELA exam:

NA 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of former ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the state 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?

100% 90% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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