P.S. 138 Brooklyn

Grades Pre-K, K-8
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Location

760 Prospect Place
Brooklyn NY 11216
Crown Heights (District 17)
Trains: S to Park Place; 3, A, C to Nostrand Ave; 2, 5 to President St; 4 to Franklin Ave
Buses: B25, B43, B44, B44-SBS, B45, B48, B49, B65

Contact

Phone
718-467-0800
Principal
Marie Chauvet Monchik
Parent Coordinator
Mardianivn Marthone

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

What’s Special

More than half the 8th graders earn high school credit

The Downside

No lockers for middle school. Limited music and art

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 population; in recent years, newcomers from Yemen have also joined the community.

Enrollment has declined as rising rents have forced out working-class families and young, mostly childless professionals have moved in. As a result, the school has room for children from outside the attendance zone, particularly in 6th through 8th grade where there are three classes on each grade instead of two.

The middle school “accepts all comers,” says long-time principal Marie Chauvet-Monchik; the day we visited, two Arabic-speaking 6th graders, just arrived from Yemen, were seated at computers with programs designed to teach them English.

The majestic school building, constructed in 1902, has a large auditorium with a balcony, spotless corridors and large windows. PS/MS 138 shares the building with Success Academy Prospect Heights Charter School , a K-4 school with stratospheric test scores that was the subject of a PBS News Hour report for its practice of suspending children as young as kindergarten. By contrast, school leaders at PS/MS 138 say teachers can keep order without such drastic measures. “We let children be children,’ says Chauvet-Monchik. Teachers overwhelming agree that order and discipline are maintained at PS/MS 138, according to school surveys.

Pre-kindergarten classes at PS/MS 138 buzz with the sound of kids talking and doing. The school has adopted ReadyGen, a scripted reading program, but supplements it with works of children’s literature, Chavet-Monchik said. The school has four science labs, which children visit at least twice a week. Pre-kindergartners may stay in the after school program until 5 pm.

The schools loses a few kids to Medgar Evers College Preparatory School in 6th grade, but most 5th graders stay on for middle school.

The tone of the middle school tends toward the traditional, with teachers standing at the front of the classroom offering instruction to the whole class. There are some lively class discussions and children write imaginative papers on topics such as the Haitian Revolution, women’s suffrage and Alexander Hamilton’s financial plan.

Middle school pupils are encouraged to tackle algebra, earth science and biology and to take Regents exams typically taken by high school students. More than half the children receive high school credit before they graduate.

The school offers a special class to prepare students for the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT). Typically, one or two students a year—of the 20 who take the class—are admitted to Brooklyn Tech. Other top students go to Benjamin Banneker, Medgar Evers, Bedford Academy, and Talent Unlimited. Graduates also attend Clara Barton, Lincoln, and Boys and Girls High School.

A drawback to the school’s small size: limited art and music offerings during the school day. Dance and drama are offered after school. There are no lockers in the middle school, so children must take their coats and backpacks from class to class.

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, as well as several self-contained classes. Many teaching assistants sit with individual students.

Admissions: Neighborhood school. The school takes roughly 30 new students in 6th grade. (Clara Hemphill, April 2017)

 

 

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
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
60%
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?
100%
76% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
49%
50% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
86%
84% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
95%
88% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
50%
45% 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?
98%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
100%
87% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
90%
81% 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?
98%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
100%
86% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
51%
60% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
89%
78% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
91%
82% 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%
39% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
45%
42% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 1 dedicated space for Visual arts
This school has 1 licensed art teacher in Music

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
55%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
66%
59% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
53%
68% 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%
86% 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 English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
6%
6% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
31%
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
1.82
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?
80%
69% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
82%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
94%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
88%
88% Citywide Average
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