General D. Chappie James Elementary School of Science

Phone: (718) 495-0952
Admissions: No new admits
Principal: Karen Valbrun Cohen
Neighborhood: Brownsville
District: 23
Grade range: 03 thru 05

What's special:

Focus on science

The downside:

School is closing

The InsideStats


Our review

General D. Chappie James Elementary School of Science opened in 2008, replacing PS 183 which closed the same year for poor performance. From the beginning the new school posted low test scores and attendance and never managed to attract neighborhood residents.

The school scored a "F" on its 2010-2011 Progress Report. Teachers expressed concern about safety and discipline;  only 62 percent  said that order and discipline were maintained at the school, according to the Learning Environment Survey.  About half said there was frequent bullying among students.

The last group of pre-kindergarten and kindergartners were admitted in 2011. Chappie James' kindergartners and 1st-graders will be assigned to PS 446, a new school opening in the building in 2012. The 2nd, 3rd and 4th-graders will continue at the school until they graduate. Chappie James Elementary will be completely closed by 2015.

The elementary school shares the building with a middle school of the same name: General D. Chappie James Middle School. It was announced in January 2013 that the middle school would be phased out as well.

The Panel for Education Policy voted to phase out the elementary school at its February 2012 meeting. (Pamela Wheaton, February 2012; upated February 2013)

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