P.S. 138 Brooklyn

Grades Pre-K, K-8
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What’s Special

A partnership with Medgar Evers College

The Downside

Declining enrollment

Our Review

PS/MS 138 has a happy, spirited tone from the laughter in the main office to the joyful mayhem on the playground, where children race across the yard to embrace their beaming Haitian-born principal.For decades the school has served a primarily West Indian and African-American community; the alumni who participate in career day include a medical illustrator, a judge, a principal and a teacher.Under the able leadership of Principal Marie Chauvet-Monchik, this pre-k-8th-grade school continues to serve its students well, whether they are in a special education class or a Regents-level class for high-achievers. Many teaching assistants sit alongside individual children who need one-on-one help. Our students are very high-functioning because everyones needs are met, said Chauvet-Monchik, who began working here as a science teacher more than 25 years ago.

For many years the school has used the core knowledge curriculum, in which kids are exposed to history, geography, civics and science from an early age. Its based on the work of E.D. Hirsch, who wrote Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know. Kindergartners learn about familiar American symbols like the Statue of Liberty and the U.S. flaguseful for the schools new immigrants and 1st-graders read Aesop's Fables and learn about our nations westward expansion.

Beginning in 2nd grade, children visit one of the schools four science labs twice a week and the number of visits to the lab increase as they get older. We observed a self-contained 6th-grade science class in which nine children, assisted by five adults, were learning about the sun. Who made time? a student asked, stumping the teacher. Several children said science is their favorite subject. I love living environment, said an 8th-grade girl. I learn about the independent variable, the dependent variables. I love the experiments. There are three 8th-grade biology classes; only one is officially a Regents-level class, but almost two dozen children from the other classes take the Regents exam. The school also offers French and Spanish.

In a well-planned program designed to pique students interest in college, about 50 students visit Medgar Evers College every Friday morning to attend classes designed just for them, taught by college professors. In a school where attendance is sometimes a struggle, these classes are popular, attendance-boosting events, to which parents are also invited. Students also tour Columbia University, St. Johns College and the College of St. Francis.

The school has seen a decline in the number of students over the years. As
homeless shelters close,new businesses open up and rents rise, some PS/MS 138 families have left the city, affecting enrollment. Additionally, in 2013,Success Academy Prospect Heights Charter Schoolmoved into a section of the building, providing another choice for families.

Its not been easy to fill the lively pre-kindergarten classes at PS/MS 138 either, which buzz with the sound of kids talking and doing. These classrooms are led by seasoned teachers, but the school is unable to offer extended hours the way other area pre-ks cana necessity for working parents.

PS/MS 138 offers dance, drama and journalism, as well as math and science tutoring four days a week after school. Medgar Evers is a popular high school choice for graduates, as is Benjamin Banneker. One or two students gain admission to Stuyvesant and Brooklyn Tech each year.

Special education: PS/MS 138 has several team-taught, or integrated co-teaching (ICT) classes that mix special and general education students in one room, and has embraced the movement away from so-called self-contained classes. The better fit of inclusion is amazing, said the principal, pointing out a student who began in a self-contained class when she was small who is now in the top 8th-grade math class. Many teaching assistants sit with individual students, and all students have the option of taking the 8th-grade Regents exams if they feel prepared to give it a try.

Admissions: Neighborhood school. The school takes roughly 30 students from outside the school in 6th grade. (Lydie Raschka, November 2014)

About the students

Enrollment
583
Pre-K seats
22
Asian
1.2%
Black
83.9%
Hispanic
10.1%
White
3.8%
Other
1.0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
89%
Students with disabilities
16%
English language learners
7%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with Success Academy Prospect Heights Charter School
Uniforms required?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
51%
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?
26%
19% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
91%
75% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
30%
25% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
76%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
95%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
41%
46% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
15.5
6.4 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
96%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
100%
86% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
98%
79% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
90%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
98%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
96%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
98%
85% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
53%
59% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
88%
79% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
89%
84% Citywide Average
How many parents say their child's teacher helped their child adjust to Pre-K?
100%
97% Citywide Average
How many parents say this Pre-K program helped them consider which elementary schools would meet their childrens' needs?
100%
88% Citywide Average
How many Pre-K parents say their child's teacher gave helpful ideas for how to support their child's learning?
100%
95% 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?
36%
39% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
31%
40% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 2 dedicated spaces for Visual arts and an Auditorium
This school has 2 licensed arts teachers in Visual arts (part-time) and Music

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
58%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
54%
55% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
56%
70% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I, Earth Science, Living Environment
How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
55%
28% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
83%
87% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Medgar Evers College Preparatory School, Brooklyn Theatre Arts HS, and Clara Barton HS
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
25%
18% 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
1.82
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
1.94
2.2 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.92
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.05
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
2.01
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
1.99
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
65%
69% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
92%
84% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
87%
89% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
91%
87% Citywide Average
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