P.S. 102 The Bayview

An Insideschools pick for Special Education
211 72 STREET
BROOKLYN NY 11209 Map
Phone: (718) 748-7404
Website: Click here
Admissions: Neighborhood school/gifted program
Principal: Cornelia Sichenze
Neighborhood: Bay Ridge
District: 20
Grade range: K-5
Parent Coordinator: MARGARET ELLIOTT SHERI
Zoned
Gifted and Talented

What's special:

A strong foundation in reading

The downside:

Dance and more take place in classrooms due to limited space

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

On the far fringe of gentrification, in an area not yet hip enough for recent college graduates, PS 102 is one of Brooklyn's large melting-pot schools. Children pour into this massive building in the morning and receive a solid foundation in literacy that bolsters both struggling and advanced students. The school has several advanced academic tracks, team-teaching classes that mix in children with special needs and small classes for children with severe disabilities. It also houses one of few programs in the city for children with visual limitations.

Principal Cornelia Sichenze started her career at the school in 1984 and taught 3rd grade before becoming a reading specialist. She believes every child benefits from consistent phonics, grammar, word study and comprehension work. Almost all of her kindergarten teachers, and many of the 1st-grade teachers have special training in a structured, multi-sensory approach to reading called Reading Reform. In 2015, 48 percent of all tested PS 102 students and 15 percent of students with disabilities scored at or above "proficient" on the state ELA test, higher than the district or citywide averages.

Children do hands-on project work all the way up through 5th grade, a practice the school calls STEAM, that weaves together science, technology, engineering, art and math. In one such project, 5th-graders crafted utopian societies with economic and education systems, food and culture, and geographical features. Younger kids may study the history of bridges, look at different styles of bridges and construct bridges. To help them get excited about their work, teachers offer children choices in their projects, such as writing a diary entry, creating a diorama or composing a song. There are two math periods; one for speed, facts and drills, another for multistep problems.

Teachers take a close look at the work of students with disabilities to locate gaps in learning. If, for example, a student has difficulty organizing an essay, teachers will try providing paper divided into subject boxes, or a memory aid to help children recall writing steps. When something works, the idea is shared with all teachers. PS 102 operates on the belief that "What's good for children with special needs, is good for all kids," said Sichenze. This practice has led to a stronger foundation as well as improved performance on the ELA exam, she said.

In addition to the district-wide gifted and talented "Delta" program, teachers test children for placement in one of two advanced classes in every grade. "It's nice to have AP on top of Delta," said a parent. "It gives kids who didn't pass some standardized test a chance—say if they didn't pass by a point or two." Another parent said, "They move a little faster than the other classes. You have to keep up. They take you out if you don't keep up with grades, unlike G&T." The rest of the classes have an equal distribution of kids learning English, kids who struggle with behavior, and low-, middle- and high-achievers.

To maintain a feeling of connectedness in such a large school, staffers greet parents at the door during drop-off time and mingle informally at events and performances. Every Friday, parents receive a robo-call with the following week's events. Notes and newsletters go home the old-fashioned way, in backpacks, and are posted on the school website.

Parent coordinator Margaret Sheri invites parents to be involved in a variety of ways. "I like to throw out a lot of things—academics, art, gardening," she said. "When we put in the tree guards, parents I'd never seen before came." Perhaps as a result, fathers come out in good numbers, she said.

The principal said she'd love more space "for the million things we do," including a dance studio and room for the small group instruction that now takes place in the library.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school has a good variety of services for kids with special needs including team-teaching classes, self-contained classes and SETSS. Kids receiving special ed services at PS 102 also receive a strong academic foundation, performing well above the city average on standardized tests.

ADMISSIONS: Zoned neighborhood school. (Lydie Raschka, May 2016)

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 1425

Average Daily Attendance 96%

Students at this school

Asian

  
15%

Black

  
1%

Hispanic

  
26%

White

  
56%

Free Lunch

  
65%

Special ed

  
16%

English Language Learners

  
15%

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?

89% 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?

76% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

10% 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

60% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

60% 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?

79% 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:

14% 8% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

2% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

42% 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

18% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

22% 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

9% 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?

99% 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?

88% 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:

10% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

53% 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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