P.S. 15 Patrick F. Daly

Grades Pre-K, K-5
Staff Pick for Special Ed Noteworthy
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What’s Special

Arts and community partnerships

The Downside

Attendance could be better, far from the subway

Our Review

PS 15 offers the children of Red Hook a safe and stimulating education. It has stable leadership, a good variety of arts programs and a dual language program in Spanish and English. Teachers tap into the expertise of the areas artists, filmmakers and entrepreneurs.

The school earned well developed, the highest rating on the citys 2015-2016 Quality Review. Test scores have improved in recent years and are well above the citywide average.

The school has long served children from the massive Red Hook public housing development just to the south. In recent years, as the neighborhood has gentrified, it has also attracted children of the newcomers.

Studio in a School offers art instruction and Marquis Studio runs puppetry classes. Young Audiences and Brooklyn Youth Chorus bring in theater, dance and music. Fifth graders work on engineering and design projects with a local architectural firm, according to the schools yearly plan. In one science project kids collected litter on the sidewalks, and along Jamaica Bay beach, tallying up what they found in order to educate the community, for example, they suggested shop owners place trash bins outside their stores to cut down on littering.

The administration tries to reach both advanced and struggling students. In addition to following the reading and writing approach from Teachers College, Columbia University, which gets kids excited about writing and reading, teachers lead extra phonics and grammar lessons in the early grades.

An after school program for pre-k and kindergarten was added after feedback from parents, according to Peggy Wyns-Madison, principal since 2007. Teachers say Wyns-Madison is a good manager, and most recommend the school to other families, on school surveys.

A couple downsides: The attendance rate could be better and the school is far from a subway.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: Insideschools designated PS 15 as having a "noteworthy" special education program and the Department of Education has recognized its efforts to bring up achievement in children with special needs. As posted on the PS 15 website, the school was featured in a 2017 Department of Education newsletter for its innovative use of technology, such as the use of iPads to communicate during lessons with speech generating software, and using tablets to study the circulatory system. Close to one-third of the students are classified as special needs and are taught in integrated co-teaching (ICT) or self-contained classes on every grade. Some classes enroll both ICT and accelerated students in the Riser program, the schools in-house gifted program. Classrooms are large, bright and filled with books, and project centers. Occupational, physical and speech therapists are on site five days a week and there is adaptive physical education in the large gymnasium. A Lutheran mental health clinic and the Beacon program offer family counseling, according to the schools yearly plan.

MIDDLE SCHOOL CHOICES: Most students go to IS 88, Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies, Boerum Hill School for International Studies, MS 51 and Park Slope Collegiate. (A lack of public transportation or subways makes commuting to Manhattan and outer-Brooklyn schools a discouraging prospect.)

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school. (Pamela Wheaton, May 2013; updated, school data, Lydie Raschka, August 2017)

About the students

Enrollment
447
Pre-K seats
72
Asian
2.0%
Black
31.8%
Hispanic
46.8%
White
14.5%
Other
4.9%
Free or reduced priced lunch
100%
Students with disabilities
29%
English language learners
5%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
83%
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?
29%
21% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
92%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
86%
88% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
8.8
6.6 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
87%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
90%
90% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
95%
82% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
75%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
98%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
94%
89% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
56%
65% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
77%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
85%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents say their child's teacher helped their child adjust to Pre-K?
95%
98% Citywide Average
How many parents say this Pre-K program helped them consider which elementary schools would meet their childrens' needs?
80%
92% Citywide Average
How many Pre-K parents say their child's teacher gave helpful ideas for how to support their child's learning?
89%
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?
40%
43% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
39%
42% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 4 dedicated spaces for Dance, Music, Theater, 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
1.9
2.0 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.66
2.4 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.88
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.4
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?
96%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
93%
89% Citywide Average
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Location

71 Sullivan Street
Brooklyn NY 11231
Red Hook (District 15)
Trains:
Buses: B57, B61

Contact

Phone
718-330-9280
Principal
Peggy Wyns Madison
Parent Coordinator
Tiffany Zelaya

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