P.S. 112 Lefferts Park

An Insideschools pick
7115 15th Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11228 Map
Phone: (718) 232-0685
Website: Click here
Admissions: Neighborhood school
Principal: Louise Alfano
Neighborhood: Bensonhurst
District: 20
Grade range: PK-5
Parent Coordinator: MARIA GAITA
Number of full-day PK seats: 18
Extended PK hours offered: Contact program about extended hours.
Zoned
Full Day
School-based pre-k

What's special:

Cohesive, high performing school

The downside:

Building is too small

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

PS 112 in Bensonhurst was one of three schools featured in the 2005 documentary Mad Hot Ballroom. The film—featuring 5th-graders who tango and rhumba in classes led by instrutors from the American Ballroom Theater dance program—captures the lively spirit of this diverse, medium-sized school in an Italian and Asian neighborhood.

Among its many positive qualities, the school boasts longtime leadership, good attendance, an array of arts choices and solid test scores even among the special needs population.

One downside is rising enrollment in an already packed building. Some classes are held in a trailer outside the school, and the auditorium has been modified into a multipurpose room of sorts with removable chairs. Two corners of the room have been cut away by large curtains and designated for music and art classes.

On school surveys, however, most teachers report safety and order are maintained, and they overwhelmingly support the work of longtime principal Louise Verdemare. 

Children in the upper grades receive dance lessons, while others are involved in music, theater and visual arts. Other programs include Cook Shop, a federally funded nutrition education program, robotics and bully prevention.

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

InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 614

Average Daily Attendance 96%

Students at this school

Asian

  
41%

Black

  
0%

Hispanic

  
31%

White

  
28%

Free Lunch

  
100%

Special ed

  
18%

English Language Learners

  
24%

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?

92% 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?

98% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

12% 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

50% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

49% 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?

99% 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:

NA 8% 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:

23% 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

12% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

13% 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

25% 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?

96% 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?

82% 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:

7% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

52% 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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