P.S. 9 Teunis G. Bergen

Grades Pre-K, K-5
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What’s Special

A warm, open atmosphere and some excellent teachers

The Downside

Not all students are consistently engaged

Our Review

PS 9 has popular music and dance performances, a promising partnership with Park Slope's fabled PS 321, and steadily increasing enrollmenta sign of the community's growing confidence in the school.

The school has a mix of children of different racial and ethnic groups, which parents say is a great strength. "In the lunchroom, on the playground, in the halls, PS 9 has a Sesame Street level of mixture," one parent said. "In addition to black and white, PS 9 has a bunch of mixed-race kids and a number of South Asian kids. It's a warm, tolerant and diverse place." Both the office staff and Principal Sandra D'Avilar are welcoming to parents.

The school has a Spanish-English dual language program and gifted and talented classes that attract children from across the district. The dance and art teachers collaborate on musical productions that include 200 children and have custom-made scenery and sets.

Teachers have adopted a challenging math program called "Math in Focus," based on the techniques perfected in Singapore, one of the world's top countries for math instruction.

The Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University's Teachers College trains the staff to develop children's writing skills, teaching them to write with a voice and to revise multiple drafts.

Some teachers are excellent, engaging their pupils in imaginative projects that involve significant research. For example, children in a 5th-grade gifted class wrote polished essays on topics such as Buffalo Soldiers (African American soldiers in the Amerian West), The Trail of Tears (Native Americans' forced migration to Oklahoma), and the Transcontinental Railroad. Unfortunately, the quality of teaching is inconsistent: The school's 2015 Quality Review said there should be less teacher talking, more class discussions and a higher level of student engagement.

On the positive side, PS 9 has joined what's called the "Learning Partners Program" in which teachers and administrators visit one another's schools to share best practices. PS 9 is paired with PS 321, widely considered one of the best schools in the city, and teachers visit one another's classes at least four times a year. Principal D'Avilar says her teachers have focused on improving reading instruction in small groups; three have been named "model teachers" and are beginning to share what they've learned with their colleagues. (Two of the model teachers are in the gifted program and one teaches special education.) PS 321 principal Liz Phillips says she has seen the "real impact" as a result of the program.

The Spanish-English dual language program, which started in 2011, has grown steadily and now serves 10 classes of children. These classes, which mix children who speak Spanish at home with those who speak English, are designed to make children fluent speakers, readers and writers in both languages.

PS 9 shares a building with Brooklyn East Collegiate Charter School.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school offers team-teaching as well as self-contained special education classes. One of the school's "model teachers" is in the self-contained class. Teachers trained in a special program called Reading Recovery assist children with reading difficulties.

ADMISSIONS: Zoned neighborhood school. Children from outside the zone are admitted to the G&T class based on an exam given by the Department of Education. There is also sometimes space for students outside the zone who apply to the dual language class. (Clara Hemphill, March 2016)

About the students

Enrollment
866
Pre-K seats
90
Asian
6.9%
Black
43.2%
Hispanic
14.7%
White
28.4%
Other
6.8%
Free or reduced priced lunch
41%
Students with disabilities
16%
English language learners
3%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with Brooklyn East Collegiate Charter School
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
131%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
93%
94% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
18%
21% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
93%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
100%
88% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
12.0
6.6 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
92%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
93%
90% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
89%
82% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
79%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
93%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
85%
89% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
54%
65% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
85%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
92%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents say their child's teacher helped their child adjust to Pre-K?
100%
98% Citywide Average
How many parents say this Pre-K program helped them consider which elementary schools would meet their childrens' needs?
86%
92% Citywide Average
How many Pre-K parents say their child's teacher gave helpful ideas for how to support their child's learning?
97%
97% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Test scores

How many students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
43%
40% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
46%
39% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 3 dedicated spaces for Dance, Music, and Media arts
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

This school offers Dual Language classes in Spanish.
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
0%
22% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
Average math score for ICT students
1.75
2.0 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
1.85
2.4 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.67
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.0
2.2 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.03
2.2 Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
87%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
91%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
85%
89% Citywide Average
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