P.S. 206 Joseph F Lamb

2200 GRAVESEND NECK ROAD
BROOKLYN NY 11229 Map
Phone: (718) 743-5598
Admissions: neighborhood school
Principal: DEIRDRE KEYES
Neighborhood: Midwood
District:22
Grade range: PK-8
Parent Coordinator: JENNIFER HOM
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What's special:

Instructional approach benefits students of all abilities

The downside:

Students would like more variety in programs and classes

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

PS 206 is a large school that serves children in kindergarten through 8th grade, including many Chinese and Russian immigrants. Among the staff are members who speak Cantonese, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese—an asset for communicating with parents. The school enjoys excellent attendance rates and solid test scores, even among English language learners and those with special needs. Regular letters go home with a child's attendance record.

Teachers are assisted in classrooms by Brooklyn College student teachers and they closely examine test results to help their many English learners boost specific skills and vocabulary, according to the school's yearly plan. It helps that Principal Dierdre Keyes is a former 5th-grade English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher. The school has seven certified ESL teachers on staff.

Although the principal is a proponent of the Teacher's College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University (sometimes faulted for lacking enough phonics and skill work), there is also a "structured approach to decode and define vocabulary," according to the Department of Education's Quality Review Report. This has resulted in better performance for children with special needs and those learning English.

Children take science field trips to the Genovesi Environmental Center and may participate in the gardening club. There is a math club for students in grades 6–8 and a small 7th-grade lunchtime math group for students who need extra help.

Every month, parents are invited to an open house and to stay afterward for a workshop on how to help their children with academics. For fun, families are invited to Cultural Night, free yoga classes and a talent show.

Housed in a five-story brick building, PS 206 has a large art room and two gyms. The school is named for Joseph Lamb—a ragtime piano player—and, not coincidentally, the school has a variety of art programs, including a middle school chorus, and partnerships with New York City Ballet and Arts Connection. Even so, almost half the middle school students reported on a survey that the school does not offer a wide enough variety of programs, classes and activities to keep them interested.

The Brooklyn Chinese American Association hosts an afterschool program Monday through Friday until 6 p.m.

Special education: There is a team-taught class on every grade for a mix of children in general education and those with special needs. Teachers stay with the same class from 7th to 8th grade. English language arts and social studies teachers work together to improve students literacy skills.

Admission: Neighborhood school. (Lydie Raschka, DOE data, April 2014)

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 1393

Average Daily Attendance 96%

Students at this school

Asian

  
47%

Black

  
3%

Hispanic

  
9%

White

  
40%

Free Lunch

  
69%

Special ed

  
11%

English Language Learners

  
18%

Safety & vibe

ARE KIDS
NICE?

How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?

27% 20% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?

74% 80% 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

27 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average middle school english class

30 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

66% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

82% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

9% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

86% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

80% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

90% 86% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students in grades 3-8 who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam

59% 30% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students in grades 3-8 who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ela exam

45% 26% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

93% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 8th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 science exam

77% 60% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 8th grades pass high school regents exams?

Percent of 8th graders who take and pass the algebra regents:

27% 15% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 8th graders who take and pass a science regents:

27% 23% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Parents

Are parents involved?

How many parents responded to the 2013 school survey?

49% 61% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

60% 70% 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?

64% 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Do parents like the school?

How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?

94% 92% 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:

4% 3% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

0% 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:

16% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

7% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:

31% 10% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

8% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many parents say students with disabilities are included in all activities?

68% 74% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

95% 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?

88% 87% 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:

7% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

24% 18% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

97% 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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