PS 516 Sunset Park Avenues Elementary School

Grades Pre-K, K-3

Location

4222 4th Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11232
Sunset Park (District 15)
Trains: R to 45th St; D, N to 36th St
Buses: B11, B35, B37, B63, B70

Contact

Phone
718-369-8330
Principal
Jill Smith
Parent Coordinator
Chane Enden

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

What’s Special

New school with a focus on language development

The Downside

Too new to tell

Our Review

Sunset Park Avenues has a commitment to developing student language skills in both English and students native languages. Nearly 90 percent of the schools pupils are English language learners who speak Mandarin or Spanish at home, says Jill Smith, the founding principal. Smith sees her students fluency in other languages as a benefit. Rather than viewing language as a problem to be solved, we will view it as a resource, she says.

A new school designed to ease overcrowding in PS 94 and PS 169, PS 516 opened with three kindergarten classes in 2013. Sunset Park Avenues will add a grade each year until it serves K-5. Two of the classes in each grade are general education classes and the third is a dual language classroom, with students learning one day in Spanish and the next day in English. Sunset Park Avenues also has a bilingual program for children who speak Mandarin at home.

Smith started her educational career in Sunset Park as a teacher and instructional coach at PS 172 and she is excited that the Education Department asked her to open a new school in the neighborhood. "When I found out I was going to be able to stay in Sunset Park, in the community I love, with the families I love, I was overjoyed," she says.

Sunset Park Avenues opened in temporary quarters in an annex behind IS 136, Dewey Middle School. The school's permanent location is a few blocks away at the former St. Michael's Parochial School building.

Special education: Special needs students learn in a classroom with two teachers, one of whom is certified in special educaton.

Admissions: Zoned neighborhood school. (In its first year, the school accepted overflow students from nearby PS 94 and PS 169.)(Anna Schneider, July 2013, based on web reports and an interview with the principal.)

About the students

Enrollment
351
Pre-K seats
60
Asian
21.1%
Black
0.6%
Hispanic
74.6%
White
3.4%
Other
0.3%
Free or reduced priced lunch
88%
Students with disabilities
16%
English language learners
46%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with a Pre-K Center
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
157%
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?
14%
21% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
93%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
96%
88% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
3.0
6.6 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?
89%
90% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
90%
82% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
48%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
98%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
93%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
93%
89% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
83%
65% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
95%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
92%
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?
93%
92% Citywide Average
How many Pre-K parents say their child's teacher gave helpful ideas for how to support their child's learning?
96%
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?
38%
43% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
24%
42% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 1 dedicated space for 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 many English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
11%
9% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
50%
46% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
96%
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?
100%
89% Citywide Average
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