P.S. 204 Vince Lombardi
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P.S. 204 Vince Lombardi
PS 204 houses a gifted program for kids from throughout the district and attracts many high achieving students, but struggling kids get equal attention. Celebrating diversity is in the school's mission statement. A program called "Family Living" helps children learn to have "respect for themselves and the people around them," according to the friendly school website—one of the only websites we have ever seen written and illustrated by children. Other highlights include the dance festival [see photo], science fair, glee club and a 5th-grade carnival.
A safe school with strong leadership and happy teachers, PS 204 has a growing Chinese population, Spanish speakers and children with hearing loss and other challenges. Classes are large but teachers manage to offer kids the help they need to perform well on state tests. The average daily attendance rate is above average and school surveys indicate the school is safe.
Reading is approached through a mix of structured phonics lessons and fun-to-read books. Families are invited to a literacy night in the spring, as well as a book fair, a spelling bee and a storytelling contest according to the website.
The school sponsors afterschool activities such as a drama club, homework help and test prep. The Brooklyn Chinese Association runs other programs.
Special education: In team-taught classes, general education students and those with special needs work side-by-side in one classroom. There is a small class for children with more serious special needs only.
Admissions: Kids are tested for the district's gifted program, called Delta, in the spring. (Lydie Raschka, DOE data, April 2014)
At a glance
Number of Students 1166
Average Daily Attendance 96%
Safety & vibe
How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?2% 15% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?98% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
ARE CLASSES BIG?
Number of students in an average kindergarten class22 23 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Number of students in an average fifth grade class31 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?94% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?97% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many students are chronically absent?10% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam
Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ela exam
Percent of 4th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 science exam
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 2012-2013 school year?55% 74% 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?
As of 2012-2013, this school offers self-contained classes.
Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:0% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
As of 2012-2013, this school offers team teaching (ict).
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:9% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:6% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
As of 2012-2013, this school does not offer SETSS.
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:NA 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:NA 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many parents say students with disabilities are included in all activities?
How many teachers say students with special needs are educated in the least restrictive environment appropriate?
How many parents of students with ieps say this school offers a wide enough variety of services and activities for their children’s needs?