P.S. 29 John M. Harrigan

Grades Pre-K, K-5
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Location

425 Henry Street
Brooklyn NY 11201
Carroll Gardens (District 15)
Trains: F, G to Bergen St
Buses: B45, B57, B61, B62, B63, B65

Contact

Phone
718-330-9277
Principal
Rebecca Fagin
Parent Coordinator
Monica Gutierrez Kirwa

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

What’s Special

Super active parents, wonderful outdoor space open to the community

The Downside

Popularity leading to overcrowding

Our Review

Parents from across the world email the principal of PS 29 as they seek to move to its historic, tree-lined Cobble Hill neighborhood. This cohesive school rivals any area private school, rave current parents. Every effort is made to connect studies with children's lives and to include them in decisions. Parents help run an after-school program, a journalism club and a lunchtime running club. They raise money to pay for assistants in kindergarten.

Like the best progressive schools, everything is fodder for learning here, from the basement plumbing that pre-kindergartners examine to see how water gets inside the building, to the school garden. Children take up causes, like banning household products containing microbeads, a water pollutant. There are two science teachers who fuel children's curiosities. "We take it a step further to make the connection with real life," said one, "then kids take the lead."

Writing is at the heart of the school and many parents are writers themselves. A parent volunteer (and writer at The Nation)handed us the latest edition of the PS29 Post. It is written by 4th- and 5th-graders and funded by parent advertisements. Writing often takes practical form: Students are required to submit an essay to be considered a "green team" monitor, for example. Monitors take photos, gather data and do audits that include an examination of the waste bin in the principal's office.

Classrooms are alive with movement and talk. Kindergartners take part in dress-up, block building and other "choice time" activities. We saw a high level of achievement throughout the building, but efforts are made to reach kids who may lack skills too. Teaching assistants have training to help struggling readers, and children receive phonics and other foundation skills lessons. Math performance is above-average and improving as teachers deepen their practice with a math coach. Second-grade teacher Kim Van Duzer co-founded NYC Math Lab, a collective of teachers working together to enhance their math practice.

The school has grown by about 250 children since Principal Rebecca Fagin arrived in 2011. She taught at the flagship Mott Hall in Harlem and was an assistant principal at Mott Hall II for four years. She wants kids to "take the reins" at PS 29 so they "internalize the learning." Therefore, it is the children who create posters for the annual "Eat Pie & Shop," and take up collections for City Harvest, a coat drive and Toys for Tots.

Because PS 29 lacks a full gymnasium, a resourceful teacher makes the most of a double-wide classroom outfitted with gymnastics equipment. Children visit the spacious playground even in cold weather.

A downside is the school's popularity. The three pre-k classes fill with siblings, and the staff anticipates wait lists for kindergarten for the future.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: Team-taught ICT (integrated co-teaching) classes are "100 percent integrated," said Fagin, meaning low, middle and high achievers are mixed in every class. "We find that's what makes it work so well," she said.

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school. There is an open house for prospective families in December. About 15 students from out of district were admitted in the upper grades in 2015 through the Public School Choice program, which provides families of children attending failing schools with other options. (Lydie Raschka, December 2015; updated August 2016)

About the students

Enrollment
967
Pre-K seats
54
Asian
4.5%
Black
3.9%
Hispanic
11.6%
White
74.4%
Other
5.7%
Free or reduced priced lunch
10%
Students with disabilities
11%
English language learners
4%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
119%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
96%
94% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
5%
21% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
91%
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
3.9
6.6 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
96%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
91%
90% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
98%
82% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
86%
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?
98%
89% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
74%
65% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
84%
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?
94%
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?
94%
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?
78%
43% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
77%
42% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 3 dedicated spaces for 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?

How many English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
29%
9% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
82%
46% 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 self-contained students
2.6
2.4 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.46
2.2 Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
81%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
84%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
72%
89% Citywide Average
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