P.S. 204 Vince Lombardi

An Insideschools pick
8101 15 AVENUE
BROOKLYN NY 11228 Map
Phone: (718) 236-2906
Website: Click here
Admissions: neighborhood school/gifted program
Principal: NANCY TOMASUOLO
Neighborhood: Bensonhurst
District:20
Grade range: PK-5
Parent Coordinator: JODY AMATO LOGOSSO
Zoned
Gifted and Talented
Wheelchair Accessible

What's special:

Supportive parents and collegial staff

The downside:

Large classes

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

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)

InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 1166

Average Daily Attendance 96%

Students at this school

Asian

  
44%

Black

  
1%

Hispanic

  
18%

White

  
37%

Free Lunch

  
75%

Special ed

  
14%

English Language Learners

  
10%

Safety & vibe

ARE KIDS
NICE?

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 class

22 23 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average fifth grade class

31 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

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

10% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

98% 85% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

96% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

97% 88% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam

61% 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ela exam

46% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 4th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 science exam

95% 87% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Parents

Are parents involved?

How many parents responded to the 2013 school survey?

68% 69% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many parents say they attended at least one pta meeting in the 2012-2013 school year?

67% 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 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?

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

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

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?

80% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 91% 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?

78% 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

Percent of ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

9% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of former ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

40% 29% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say this school ensures that ells receive the same curriculum as non-ells with appropriate suppports?

98% 91% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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