P.S. 375 Jackie Robinson School

Grades Pre-K, K-5
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Location

46 Mckeever Place
Brooklyn NY 11225
Crown Heights (District 17)
Trains: B, Q, S to Prospect Park; 2, 3, 4, 5 to Franklin Ave
Buses: B16, B41, B43, B44, B48, B49

Contact

Phone
718-693-6655
Principal
Schwanna Ellman
Parent Coordinator
Robin Graham

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

What’s Special

Dual language for children, GED and ESL classes for parents

The Downside

High rates of chronic absenteeism

Our Review

When Schwanna Ellman became principal of PS 375 in October 2014, she vowed to change the schools reputation as a place where parents were kept out. Now, parents are allowed in the building to drop off and pick up their childrennot asked to wait outside whatever the weather. Tours are offered to anyone who asks, and parents are invited to volunteer in the Learning Leaders Program. The school offers GED and ESL classes for adultsa boon for the many Mexican immigrants in the neighborhood.

Once a month, parents may have Tea with the Principal, a chance to meet informally from 8:30 to 9:30 am.

Other changes were evident on our tour of PS 375: Children no longer line up to go to the bathroom as a class, but may go whenever they need to. Pre-kindergartners and kindergartners may take part in a dual language class in which they study in Spanish one day and English the next. The scripted ReadyGen reading curriculum has been replaced with Core Knowledge in the lower grades and Expeditionary Learning in the upper grades, a reading series that offers teachers more flexibility.

The school faces many challenges. Enrollment has declined in recent years, the result of gentrification and competition from charter schools, while the proportion of children with special needs and new immigrants learning English has grown. Many of the children who live in nearby housing projects are very needy, and chronic absenteeism is high. Academic achievement levels are low.

Nonetheless, Ellman has high hopes for the school. She began her teaching career at PS 175 in Harlem and was an intern-principal at PS 69 in the Bronxa high-performing school in a tough neighborhood with a population thats similar to PS 375s. Ellman continues to rely on PS 69 principal Sheila Durant as a mentor, and hopes to adopt some of that schools teaching techniques, such as the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education that encourages exploration and discovery.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school has self-contained and ICT classes.

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school. (Clara Hemphill, October 2015)

About the students

Enrollment
430
Pre-K seats
26
Asian
4.0%
Black
61.6%
Hispanic
29.3%
White
3.7%
Other
1.4%
Free or reduced priced lunch
90%
Students with disabilities
25%
English language learners
26%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with Ebbets Field Middle School
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
50%
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?
28%
21% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
100%
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
1.7
6.6 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
96%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
97%
90% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
93%
82% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
85%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
96%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
90%
89% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
52%
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?
80%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents say their child's teacher helped their child adjust to Pre-K?
83%
98% Citywide Average
How many parents say this Pre-K program helped them consider which elementary schools would meet their childrens' needs?
84%
92% Citywide Average
How many Pre-K parents say their child's teacher gave helpful ideas for how to support their child's learning?
83%
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?
20%
43% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
22%
42% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 1 dedicated space for Music
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?
2%
9% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
27%
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
1.85
2.0 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.17
2.4 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.82
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.08
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
4.3
2.8 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.55
2.2 Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
86%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
88%
91% 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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