P.S. 255 Barbara Reing School

An Insideschools pick
1866 EAST 17 STREET
BROOKLYN NY 11229 Map
Phone: (718) 376-8494
Website: Click here
Admissions: neighborhood school
Principal: Kelly Mccann
Neighborhood: Sheepshead Bay
District: 22
Grade range: PK-5
Parent Coordinator: BETH ROCCO
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What's special:

Excellent resources; positive, safe atmosphere

The downside:

Parent involvement is lacking, according to annual school survey

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

PS 255 is a traditional, neighborhood school in Sheepshead Bay. Over 37 languages are represented in the student population. Many students are third generation attendees, new immigrants are welcomed, and resources ranging from a dentist to computer labs are available for children. Academics are solid and the school is safe and welcoming. Parents recommend the school but attendance at school meetings is below average for the city, according to the school survey.

Names of students with perfect attendance gleam through a glass case, and recipients of student-of-the-month awards are honored in a ceremony wearing a silky blue sash. Parents are active, both as volunteers and as participants in family nights, when the school sponsors activities and educational activities.

The website lists many arts activities and outings. Children visit the Guggenheim Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of the American Indian, and many more. Kindergarten through 2nd grade students visit art studios in the art department at Kingsborough Community College to see first-hand where an artist works. They also keep art journals. Parents are invited to special craft nights and art workshops tied to literacy. Children may participate in chorus, theater or dance; some have won prizes in dance competitions. Two full-time music teachers offer instruction in piano, flute, violin, clarinet or recorder.

PS 255 offers one full day and two half-day pre-K classrooms, plus one that serves general and special education children together in one room. Children who qualify for this program may be either three or four years of age (these are the only three-year-olds who may be served in a Universal Pre-Kindergarten program). This special class is called UPK Plus.

Principal Kelly McCann was previously a teacher and literacy and math coach. She became principal in 2013.

Special education: Some children receive help in a regular classroom. Others are assigned to an "Integrated co-Teaching" class, in which two teachers, one of whom is certified in special education, work as a team with a mix of children in general education and those with special needs. "Self-contained" classes serve children with more serious disabilities. This school also hosts an ASD Nest Program for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Students with ASDs learn in a classroom alongside typically developing children, taught by two teachers who have been trained in the program's specialized curriculum. Physical education classes are adapted for children with special needs.

Admissions: Neighborhood school (Lydie Raschka, web reports and school data, August 2014)

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 868

Average Daily Attendance 95%

Students at this school

Asian

  
25%

Black

  
3%

Hispanic

  
13%

White

  
58%

Free Lunch

  
78%

Special ed

  
18%

English Language Learners

  
15%

Safety & vibe

ARE KIDS
NICE?

How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?

3% 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

97% 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

26 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

100% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

100% 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?

100% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

99% 88% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

99% 91% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

65% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

46% 29% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 86% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Parents

Are parents involved?

How many parents responded to the school survey?

50% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

59% 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 last school year?

74% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Do parents like the school?

How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?

96% 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 state math exam:

44% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

12% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

31% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

20% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

25% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

13% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

98% 98% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 89% 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?

87% 89% 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:

4% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

36% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

99% 90% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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