P.S. 58 The Carroll

Grades Pre-K, K-5
Staff Pick
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Location

330 Smith Street
Brooklyn NY 11231
Carroll Gardens (District 15)
Trains: F, G to Carroll St
Buses: B57, B61

Contact

Phone
718-330-9322
Principal
Katherine Dellostritto
Parent Coordinator
Joan Bredthauer

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

What’s Special

Strong academics, focus on arts, dual language French program

The Downside

Rising enrollment means some staffers have to use closets for office space

Our Review

A solid neighborhood school in brownstone Carroll Gardens, PS 58 is best-known for its French-English dual language program, which draws French-speaking children from France and Canada.

The schools enrollment has tripled in the past decade, a trend administrators view with pride and a little concern. Specialists use every nook and cranny in the sprawling building, even converting half of a large hallway into a semipartitioned space. Nonetheless, the school still has space for a large art room, library, and science lab. In 2016, two of the three pre-kindergarten classes were relocated to an offsite annex.

We saw a few classes where kids seemed bored as they silently filled out workbooks. We also saw some imaginative projects: 5th-graders created a wall display of hand-drawn book covers and essays on topics such as the Trail of Tears, the forced relocation of Native Americans. In a nearby room, a 4th-grade French-English dual-language class was hard at work on essays about life in colonial Canada.

The school puts a premium on high-quality, bilingual educators to staff the dual-language program. In kindergarten and 1st grade, students spend half the day in French and half in English with one bilingual teacher, while 2nd-graders alternate a full day in French with a full day in English, also with a single teacher. In 3rd-5th grade, students alternate between side-by-side classrooms, one with a teacher fluent in French, the other in English.

Families come to school on a regular basis to watch 5th-grade musical productions of, for example, Shrek, or to see a performance of the student string orchestra. The school has full-time music and art teachers. PS 58 offers ballroom dancing and chess, and has artists-in-residence from the New York City Ballet and the Metropolitan Opera.

A fee-based after-school program run by Kids Orbit runs until 6 pm, and the PTA offers 30 after-school classes, including gardening, ping pong, flamenco, digital literacy, comic book-making, urban dance, upcycling, jewelry-making and Mandarin.

Most students go on to MS 51, although MS 88 and the arts-focused New Voices School of Academic and Creative Arts are also popular. A new local middle school, School for International Studies, has also generated interest among families, Dello Stritto said.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: There is an ICT class in every grade and two mixed-grade self-contained 12:1 classes for students with severe learning differences. The school also offers SETSS, occupational therapy and speech therapy.

ADMISSIONS: Zoned school. Dello Stritto said the school has not had room for out-of-zone students for several years, even for the popular French dual language program, which has attracted many French-speaking families to the neighborhood. (Aimee Sabo, March 2015)

About the students

Enrollment
995
Pre-K seats
54
Asian
3.4%
Black
3.0%
Hispanic
11.6%
White
72.8%
Other
9.3%
Free or reduced priced lunch
9%
Students with disabilities
13%
English language learners
6%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
131%
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?
6%
21% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
96%
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
2.3
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?
98%
90% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
94%
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?
100%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
96%
89% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
53%
65% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
79%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
97%
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?
78%
43% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
78%
42% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 4 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?

This school offers Dual Language classes in French.
How many English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
33%
9% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
79%
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 ICT students
2.29
2.0 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.68
2.4 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
2.23
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.68
2.2 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.24
2.2 Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
76%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
83%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
74%
89% Citywide Average
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