J.H.S. 201 The Dyker Heights
BROOKLYN NY 11228 Map
J.H.S. 201 The Dyker Heights
FEBRUARY 2015 UPDATE: Madeleine Brennan, the longest-serving principal in New York City public school history, retired in June 2013. Robert Ciulla, an assistant principal who himself graduated from the school in 1990, became principal.
2012 REVIEW: IS 201 is a traditional neighborhood school with a no-nonsense approach to education and discipline. Madeleine Brennan has been principal since 1963—longer than just about anyone can remember—and still believes in old-fashioned values (like a dress code for teachers) while embracing new technology (like SmartBoards) and new teaching techniques (like group work.)
Students are grouped by ability, with the strongest in the superintendent’s program, a selective program that admits children from across the district. These students take Regents-level algebra and Earth Science and a “talent:” vocal, band, art or drama.
Strong students who are not in the superintendent’s program may be assigned to the “special progress enriched” program or SPE. The school also has general education and self-contained special education classes. Everyone takes either art or music.
The school offers many fairs at which students show off their knowledge of history, science, architecture, foreign language. There is also a Shakespeare festival.
A New York Times profile calls Brennan “famously strict,” and recounted a time in 2007 when a school security handcuffed and arrested a 13-year-old for writing on her desk. “She ruined the desk,” Brennan recalled. “If you break a law, there is a consequence for it.”
The Times describes a dress code for adults: “Female secretaries, guidance counselors and assistant principals are asked to wear dresses or skirts; teachers may wear slacks, but not dungarees; men all wear ties.” The profile adds: “The marble staircase shines; the hallways are painted a classic pale blue….Hallways are silent during class, but Mrs. Brennan lets students scream and yell as much as they want in the cafeteria and between classes, to let out their energy.”
A downside: While students say their teachers expect hard work and encourage them to succeed, they also complain that many teachers yell, according to the Learning Environment Survey. One student told Insideschools that some teachers are “devoted” and “inspiring” while others are “dictatorial.”
Special education: The school offers collaborative team teaching, self-contained classes and special education teacher support services (SETSS.)
Admissions: Neighborhood school. Superintendent's gifted program is open to student’s district wide. Admission to this program is determined by a combination of factors making up a "composite score". The final 4th grade report card counts for 45 percent, state tests 45 percent, attendance five percent and punctuality five percent. (Clara Hemphill, DOE data, newspaper account, January 2012; admissions updated January 2015)
At a glance
Number of Students 1474
Average Daily Attendance 97%
INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: NA 2.59 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Safety & vibe
DO STUDENTS LIKE THE SCHOOL?
How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many students say this school offers enough programs to keep them interested?NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE
ARE KIDS NICE?
How many students complain about bullying?NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many students say students at their school respect one another?63% 49% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?97% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?95% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE
ARE CLASSES BIG?
Number of students in an average english classNA 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many students are chronically absent?6% 23% CITYWIDE AVERAGE