I.S. 392

An Insideschools pick
104 SUTTER AVENUE
BROOKLYN NY 11212 Map
Phone: (718) 498-2491
Website: Click here
Admissions: selective
Principal: Ingrid Joseph
Neighborhood: Brownsville
District: 23
Grade range: 6-8
Parent Coordinator: GEISELLE FAUNTLEROY
Unzoned
Screened

What's special:

Small high-achieving school in area with few strong schools, emphasis on writing

The downside:

Some students may balk at the rules

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Located in Brownsville, where many schools struggle, IS 392 stands out with a demanding academic program for high achieving students. The small, selective school has a gleaming and well-equipped facility and offers an array of opportunities—including innovative projects, rugby and frequent trips to arts events.

An instructional coach describes IS 392 as having a close-knit staff and students who are smart, hilarious and "keep us on our toes."

Assignments hanging on bulletin boards attest to demanding and inventive projects, such as a public service announcement on child labor, a student-made soundtrack for To Kill a Mockingbird, reports on the solar system and short writing assignments in math.

Most students take the integrated algebra Regents in 8th grade, and some take the living environment Regents. In addition, all 8th-graders must complete two exit projects: a research paper related to Brooklyn and a science experiment that they present to the whole class. One boy studied driver reactions by planting different objects at the side of the road and seeing which riders slowed down, while another tried to determine how sound moves through various materials.

While most class discussions seemed teacher led, students were quick to participate. In 7th-grade English, students volunteered varying opinions as to whether the title character in the novel Lyddie, an orphan working as a servant to pay off her family's debts, is actually a slave. Sixth-graders broke into groups to plan a presentation, such as a skit, debate or song that would give their classmates a sense of a particular book.

Principal Ingrid Joseph took on her current role in 2013 after serving as assistant principal at the school for many years. She says the school has not had to make major changes to comply with the Common Core learning standards. A science teacher said there are fewer labs now and more emphasis on writing in science than there was previously. Within those limits, she said, the science classes try to be lab centered, focusing on real life issues.

Although children come in with generally strong academic backgrounds, there is a range of abilities, and a number of students face challenges at home. "This is a haven for a lot of kids. It’s a place for them to forget their troubles," Joseph says, adding that students go on many trips, particularly to theaters and arts events, and the school has partnerships with a number of organizations.

Everyone takes art here, and projects often reflect what students are working on in social studies. One class created elaborate papier-mâché masks in conjunction with a study of Native Americans, while another made kites to correspond with their work on China. The children take three years of Spanish.

For years, IS 392 has fielded one of the few rugby teams in the city and has won a number of championships. It prides itself on offering other unusual sports as well such as badminton and ultimate Frisbee.

Graduates go on to an array of academically selective schools including Bard, NEST, Stuyvesant, Brooklyn Tech, Brooklyn Latin, Midwood and Millennium.

The workload can be an adjustment for incoming students, Joseph says, and 6th-graders often find the writing particularly difficult. On the other hand, she says, high school principals frequently tell her how well her graduates write.

Students say the amount of homework they have depends on the teacher and that they sometimes have to finish classwork at home. "The students who are most successful here are those who eventually learn to be self-sufficient," says Joseph.

The school has high attendance and virtually no suspensions. Some students, though, complain about the strict uniform policy, which extends to makeup and outerwear.

Special education: There are two self-contained classes.

Admissions: Applicants must take an admission test. The school recently has gone beyond test scores to include an interview and writing sample. District 23 students have priority but any Brooklyn 5th-grader can apply. (Gail Robinson, May 2014)

InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares a building with PS 156

Number of Students 258

Average Daily Attendance 95%

Uniforms? NA

Students at this school

Asian

  
5%

Black

  
77%

Hispanic

  
15%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
75%

Special ed

  
13%

English Language Learners

  
0%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: NA 2.59 CITYWIDE AVERAGE


1 = Far below grade level 2 = Below grade level 3 = At grade level 4 = Above grade level

Safety & vibe

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students say this school offers enough programs to keep them interested?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE KIDS NICE?

How many students complain about bullying?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students say students at their school respect one another?

59% 49% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 77% 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?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

NA 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students are chronically absent?

12% 23% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

52% 29% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ela exam

66% hi 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS Prep

How many 8th graders pass high school regents exams?

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

17% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

23% 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How do graduates do in 9th grade?

Percent who pass all their classes freshman year:

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:

0% 3% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 9% 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:

0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 18% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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