MS 136 Charles O. Dewey

Grades 6-8
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Location

4004 4 Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11232
Sunset Park (District 15)
Trains: D, N, R to 36th St; R to 45th St
Buses: B11, B35, B37, B63, B70

Contact

Phone
718-840-1950
Principal
Eric Sackler
Parent Coordinator
Damaris Garcia

What’s Special

Welcoming atmosphere in neighborhood school;lots of extra-curriculars & trips

The Downside

Academic achievement remains low

Our Review

Charles O. Dewey, MS 136 is a calm and orderly school which has a largely Latino population that comes from surrounding blocks in Sunset Park. It shares a large, well-kept century-old brick building with Sunset Park Prep.Dewey counts on many community organizations for support and it offers students opportunities to explore the world beyond their neighborhood, even as it is striving to boost academic achievement among its students, most of whom come in performing below grade level.

The number of non-English-speaking students has nearly doubled since 2006 with more than 40 percent of the students needing extra instruction in English. A bilingual parent coordinator reaches out to Spanish-speaking parents; all notices are sent home in two languages and translation is available at all meetings and parent conferences, according to the Quality Review.

MS 136 has had somewhat of a bumpy ride over the past decade. Marked for closure by the city in 2012 because of low test scores, it was given a reprieve when the Department of Education assigned an outside organization, CEI-PEA to helpimplement programs aimed at increasing student achievement.

Erick Sackler, principal since 2007, receives high marks from the school community of students, parents and teachers on an annual school survey. "I treat them [students] like I treat my kids at home," Sackler told Insideschools on a 2008 visit to the school. "You show them respect and love and they show it back."

District superintendent Anita Skop praised Dewey's inclusive "familial tone," in which all staff knows virtually all the children. She noted its high attendance, renewed focus on writing and improvements in teaching special education students in a review of the school.Dewey adopted a program called The Leader in Me, adding an instructional period each week devoted to lessons aimed at giving kids more self-confidence and better academic skills, according to the school's website.

However, academics still have a ways to go. Teaching is inconsistent from class to class with some advanced students not being sufficiently challenged, according to the superintendent's report. State test scores remain well below the city average.

On the plus side, 10-15 percent of 8th graders pass Regents math and science exams for high school credit.There are a wide array of enrichment programs during and after school, including sports teams, a math club, a dance troupe and a Student Council. There are annual camping trips and some children have even taken research trips to Costa Rica and South Dakota, according to the website.

The building's Beacon program runs daily from 3-9 pm and the local Center for Family Life operates an afterschool program. Other community organizations work closely with the school.

Special education: A fifth of the students have special needs. They are served in both team-teaching and self-contained classrooms.

Admissions: Open to District 15. The school reviews attendance, report cards and teacher recommendations. (Pamela Wheaton, December 2013, web reports).

About the students

Enrollment
486
Asian
7.6%
Black
2.3%
Hispanic
82.3%
White
7.2%
Other
0.6%
Free or reduced priced lunch
97%
Students with disabilities
23%
English language learners
35%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with Sunset Park Prep
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
81%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
95%
93% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
16%
20% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
96%
78% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
51%
50% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
90%
83% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
47%
43% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
9.5
6.0 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
94%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
96%
89% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
96%
83% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
80%
72% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
92%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
98%
87% 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?
7%
27% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
17%
35% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 6 dedicated spaces for Dance, Music, Theater, Visual arts, and Media arts
This school has 3 licensed arts teacher in Music and Theater

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
84%
76% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
53%
61% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
81%
72% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I, Living Environment
How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
16%
26% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
82%
84% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Sunset Park HS, HS of Telecommunication Arts and Technology, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt HS
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?
2%
3% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
27%
42% 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
1.84
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.02
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.88
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.15
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
1.96
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.11
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
61%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
91%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
100%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
91%
89% Citywide Average
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