P.S./M.S. 282 Park Slope

Grades Pre-K, K-8
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What’s Special

Dynamic principal, multiracial PTO, room for children outside zone

The Downside

Principal needs time to put his vision into practice

Our Review

PS 282, with a dynamic principal and an active, multiracial Parent Teacher Organization, has long welcomed children from across Brooklyn. Now, it will have even more room for young children from outside its attendance zone: The Department of Education has decided to phase out the middle school grades, 6-8, and expand enrollment in PK-5 by more than 300 seats.

Rashan Hoke, named principal in 2014, is working to make the school more "child-centered" and less "teacher-centered." He'd like to see more time for children to explore their own interests and speak in class and less time spent listening to teachers. Teachers are invited to observe lessons at PS 154 and PS 321two popular schools nearbyand receive training in the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. Pre-kindergarten teachers work with colleagues from the well-regarded Helen Owen Carey pre-school across the street.

"Our principal works closely with the principal of PS 321," said PTO president Andrew Marshall. One result of the collaboration: the quality and quantity of children's writing has improved. "My daughter is doing a lot more writing, and more in-depth writing," Marshall said.

PS 282 is in the heart of one of Brooklyn's toniest neighborhoods, but more than half of its students come from outside the zone. In recent years, parents who live in the zoneprimarily white and upper middle classhave sent their children to PS 282 for early grades, but transferred them out by 2nd grade, opting for private schools or other public schools nearby. That's beginning to change with the arrival of Hoke, who is well-regarded by both parents and teachers, parents say.

Hoke, whose ancestry is Puerto Rican and South Asian, has helped bridge the divide between white and black parents and makes all parents feel valued, says Marshall, who is black. On our visit, a dozen parents of different races worked together in the PTO office on tasks such as fund-raising, writing a newsletter and updating the school website. The staff is diverse, as is the student body. "For my children integration is all they have ever known," said Lynn Almon, who is white.

The school has a gifted program open to children from across District 13. In practice, many of the children in the gifted program live in the school zone. However, because the school has so much space for out-of-zone children, the general education classes have children from as far away as Sheepshead Bay and Bay Ridge.

Some of the schools longtime strengths include a champion chess team, a rugby team, a drama program, and a software engineering program that teaches computer coding to 3rd- through 5th-graders. On our visit, we saw some classes in which children were happily engaged in their work, and a few in which children seemed distracted. The gifted classes seemed to have the most challenging work and the most imaginative lessons. For example, children in a gifted kindergarten class had a Halloween assignment where they wrote about what they were afraid of. "I am afraid of a ghost," one wrote. "I am afraid of pumpkin seeds," wrote another. The tone of the school was pleasant throughout; we didn't hear any of the yelling by teachers that we had heard on previous visits. Hoke acknowledges the school is a work-in-progress and that it will take time to carry out his vision.

The middle school, launched in 2008, struggled to find its academic footing. The DOE decided to phase it out beginning in 2017. Because of quirks in zoning, children who are zoned for PS 282, part of District 13, are eligible to attend District 15 middle schools and many take advantage of that option.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school offers ICT (integrated co-teaching) classes.

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school. District-wide gifted program. The school has long had room for children from outside the attendance zone. (Clara Hemphill, October 2016)

About the students

Enrollment
821
Pre-K seats
53
Asian
3.4%
Black
56.3%
Hispanic
26.3%
White
11.8%
Other
2.2%
Free or reduced priced lunch
57%
Students with disabilities
16%
English language learners
5%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
108%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
92%
94% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
26%
19% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
64%
75% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
43%
25% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
70%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
84%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
21%
46% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
1.9
6.4 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
100%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
100%
86% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
93%
79% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
78%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
78%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
93%
85% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
30%
59% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
79%
79% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
69%
84% Citywide Average
How many parents say their child's teacher helped their child adjust to Pre-K?
94%
97% Citywide Average
How many parents say this Pre-K program helped them consider which elementary schools would meet their childrens' needs?
83%
88% Citywide Average
How many Pre-K parents say their child's teacher gave helpful ideas for how to support their child's learning?
88%
95% 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?
34%
39% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
41%
40% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 2 dedicated spaces for Theater and Visual arts
This school has 1 licensed arts teacher in Music

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
55%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
47%
55% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
52%
70% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I
How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
18%
28% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
79%
87% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Bedford Academy HS and Benjamin Banneker Academy
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
0%
18% 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
1.65
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.22
2.2 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.75
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.16
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
2.06
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.34
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
54%
69% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
63%
84% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
63%
89% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
62%
87% Citywide Average
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