P.S. 236 Mill Basin

An Insideschools pick
6302 AVENUE U
BROOKLYN NY 11234 Map
Phone: (718) 444-6969
Website: Click here
Admissions: neighborhood school/gifted program
Principal: Salil Paingankar
Neighborhood: Mill Basin
District: 22
Grade range: PK-5
Parent Coordinator: ANTOINET LA BELLA
Number of full-day PK seats: 54
Extended PK hours offered: Contact program about extended hours.
Zoned
Gifted and Talented
Full Day
School-based pre-k

What's special:

Spacious outdoor play area, high academic standards for all

The downside:

No music

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

PS 236 is a well-run, well-equipped school in a neighborhood with one- and two-family homes and manicured lawns. The school has an inviting library with big windows that overlook a reburished playground. 

The school sets high academic standards, and test scores are above the citywide average. Statistics also show that children with special needs perform average or above on state tests. For a few years this well-regarded school seemed to falter under a principal that never fully gained the community's trust and received low marks on school surveys, but under new leadership things seem to have stablized.

Salil Paingankar became principal in November of the 2013-2014 school year, earning high marks on the Learning Environment Survey that year with 100 percent of teachers reporting he is a good manager.

A downside: There is no music teacher, but kids in the lower grades learn how to dance. The school website has pictures of science projects and other activities.

The outdoor play yard is spacious and clean with a bold track outline and an interesting climbing structure that looks like a giant spider web.

Special education: The school offers ICT (integrated co-teaching) classes for student with special needs.

Admissions: Neighborhood school. Students test into the district gifted and talented program housed at the 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 579

Average Daily Attendance 95%

Students at this school

Asian

  
10%

Black

  
23%

Hispanic

  
12%

White

  
51%

Free Lunch

  
43%

Special ed

  
13%

English Language Learners

  
5%

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?

95% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

13% 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

72% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

67% 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?

65% 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:

29% 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

5% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

40% 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 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?

100% 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?

84% 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:

NA 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

43% 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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