PS/IS 66

Grades Pre-K, K-8

What’s Special

School open to children from across District 18

The Downside

School's location in an industrial area by a busy road

Our Review

PS/IS 66, open to children from across District 18, is a welcoming school with a challenging curriculum and good attendance.

The building, opened in 2003, sprawls over a large lot that includes basketball and tennis courts as well as two playgrounds and a garden. A high tech science lab for middle school students opened in 2009 and an early childhood centerwith water tables for early science lessons and plenty of blocks to teach early math conceptsopened in 2011. Unfortunately, the school is next to a heavy industrial area, bordered by heavily trafficked Rockaway Parkway.

District superintendent Beverly Wilkins praised Principal Lucille Jackson for creating a welcoming environment with high academic standards. Jackson, formerly the assistant principal, has led the school since 2010.

Some teachers have expressed concerns about order and discipline, and one-quarter of the middle school students responding to the Learning Environment Survey said they dont always feel safe in the corridors or in the neighborhood outside the building. Howver, incidents of bullying have declined since the middle school introduced an anti-bullying curriculum, Wilkins wrote in the school's 2012 Quality Review.

Special education: The school offers both self-contained" classes (children with special needs only), and team-teaching classes, where children with special needs and children in general education learn side-by-side, with two teachers.

Admissions: Call the parent coordinator to arrange a tour. Children are admitted by lottery. (Clara Hemphill, statistics and web reports, February 2013)

About the students

Enrollment
814
Pre-K seats
18
Asian
0.6%
Black
88.3%
Hispanic
7.2%
White
2.2%
Other
1.6%
Free or reduced priced lunch
73%
Students with disabilities
10%
English language learners
2%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
100%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
95%
94% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
13%
19% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
56%
75% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
38%
25% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
74%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
87%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
24%
46% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
5.9
6.4 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
71%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
78%
86% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
75%
79% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
68%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
73%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
71%
85% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
63%
59% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
73%
79% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
83%
84% Citywide Average
How many parents say their child's teacher helped their child adjust to Pre-K?
75%
97% Citywide Average
How many parents say this Pre-K program helped them consider which elementary schools would meet their childrens' needs?
50%
88% Citywide Average
How many Pre-K parents say their child's teacher gave helpful ideas for how to support their child's learning?
75%
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?
27%
39% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
31%
40% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 7 dedicated spaces for Dance, Music and Visual arts
This school has 2 licensed arts teachers in Music and Theater

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
67%
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?
64%
70% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
0%
28% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
95%
87% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Brooklyn College Academy and James Madison 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?
0%
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
1.85
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.04
2.2 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.95
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.13
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
1.87
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.16
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
53%
69% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
87%
84% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
98%
89% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
87%
87% Citywide Average
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