P.S. 196 Ten Eyck

Grades Pre-K, K-5
Staff Pick
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Location

207 Bushwick Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11206
Williamsburg (District 14)
Trains: L to Montrose Ave
Buses: B24, B43, B48, B57, B60, Q54

Contact

Phone
718-497-0139
Principal
Janine Santaromita
Parent Coordinator
Maria Rodriguez

Zone for the 2017-2018 school year. Call school to confirm.

What’s Special

Warm, friendly school with strong leadership

The Downside

Low enrollment

Our Review

PS 196 is a friendly, neighborhood school where parents feel welcome and teachers stick around. School leaders and staff work hard to provide students many extras such as early morning enrichment activities, school plays and lots of arts. The school has a Spanish-English dual language program.

Despite rapid gentrification in its surrounding neighborhood of Williamsburg, PS 196's population has not changed much over time. The school continues to reflect the areas historic roots as a Latino community; most students come from poor or modest income households. Enrollment is low and the school welcomes students living outside its zone. In September 2016, PS 196 received a three-year magnet grant to increase diversity and overall enrollment in the school. The magnet funds are being used to bolster the school's technology (more laptop and tablet computers) and expand its enrichment activities.

Many teachers and staffers are experienced and have worked at the school for years including principal Janine Colon and assistant principal, Deborah Casey. Colon, a native of Williamsburg is highly respected by teachers and parents, based on their responses to the annual school survey. On the day of our visit, there was a particularly strong sense of community as the entire staff enjoyed a special luncheon in honor of Teacher Appreciation Day.

The vibe throughout the school is calm, creative and cheery. Hallways and classrooms are lined with colorful and elaborate displays of student creations. Teachers weave art into lessons and projects; starting in kindergarten students learn about the masters such as Van Gogh and Monet in art class. In classes, students seemed relaxed and engaged. In the younger grades theres time for play and students in all grades enjoy building with blocks and Legos in the schools block room.

Theres been a big push to bolster academics. The school started a Spanish-English dual language program and teachers are placing greater emphasis on writing instruction and collaborative work in classes. The school uses Columbia University's Teachers College writing program where students write and revise multiple drafts of work across many genres. They also use the Reciprocal Teaching method, a structured form of group work where students guide one another through a lesson. For instance, students may read a passage silently and then highlight key ideas as a group, answer each others questions, figure out the meaning of tricky wordsand predict what they may encounter as they continue their reading.

A full-time resource coordinator helps seek out grants and partnerships with organizations to support an impressive range of programs such as swim lessons for 2nd-graders, health and wellness instruction, field trips, early morning literacy and enrichment such as robotics, sports and games, and free after-school and summer activities. Visiting instructors from the Salvadori Educational Center teach students about architecture and city infrastructure, 5th-graders participate in musical theater through Rosie's Theater Kids andpre-K students get art instruction through Studio-in-the-School.PS 196 received a separate large grant to convert a classroom into a technology and media center. Teachers and staff also organize a variety of events at the school, including school plays, a fall festival and Career Day, where more than a hundred visitors come to the school to talk about their professions.

The school offers pre-k including extended-day activities and a rare two-year program that serves qualifying 3- and 4-year-olds with special needs.

For middle school, many students continue onto MS 582, which shares a building with 196.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: In addition to SETSS, there are self-contained classes for students with special needs and ICT classes.

ADMISSIONS: Zoned neighborhood school. PS 196 typically has space in pre-k and kindergarten for students living outside the zone. (Laura Zingmond, May 2016; updated January 2017 with magnet grant and extended-day pre-k information)

About the students

Enrollment
357
Pre-K seats
25
Asian
0.8%
Black
17.4%
Hispanic
78.1%
White
2.0%
Other
1.7%
Free or reduced priced lunch
89%
Students with disabilities
25%
English language learners
12%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with MS 582
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
69%
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?
30%
21% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
94%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
90%
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?
100%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
100%
90% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
100%
82% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
97%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
95%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
94%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
97%
89% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
72%
65% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
89%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
94%
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?
100%
92% Citywide Average
How many Pre-K parents say their child's teacher gave helpful ideas for how to support their child's learning?
100%
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?
28%
43% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
28%
42% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 2 dedicated spaces for Music and Visual 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 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
1.87
2.0 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.06
2.4 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.7
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
1.97
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
1.6
2.8 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
1.92
2.2 Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
91%
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?
97%
89% Citywide Average
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