PS 244 Richard R. Green
Brooklyn NY 11203
Zone for the 2017-2018 school year. Call school to confirm.
Strong special education services
Test scores are only average
DECEMBER 2014 UPDATE: In 2014, Deon Edwards replaced long time principal Grace Alesia. Deon Edwards was formerly assistant principal at PS 235 Janice Knight School.
FEBRUARY 2013 REVIEW: PS 244 has high academic standards, stable leadership and a staff that works together as a team. Its particularly well-known for its special education services, which include a NEST program for higher functioning children with autism.
Situated in a predominantly Caribbean-American community, PS 244 is housed in a large building with two wings, one built in 1934 and the other in 1995. The school is immaculate: the floors shine and the brass railings in the entrance are polished.
PS 244 offers an impressive array of facilities including a library, auditorium, dance room, art room, music room, math lab, computer lab, gym, an adaptive physical education room (for physically challenged students) and an elevator (in the new wing). Outside, the school has several yards, including one equipped with a series of steel drums for children to play during recess.
Children learn by doing and teachers work collaboratively to share good practices, district superintendent Beverly Wilkins wrote in the schools Quality Review. Teachers feel extremely supported. She called the school well developed, the highest ranking in the Quality Review. Grace Alesia has been principal for more than a decade.
The schools test scores, while respectable, are only average for the city. The school, like many in the district, has been losing population in recent years.
Special education: This barrier free school has a NEST program for children on the autism spectrum. It has "self-contained" classes, for children with special needs only, as well as team-taught "inclusion classes," where two teachers work in the same classroom with both general education students and those needing special services. Dorothy Siegel, a researcher at New York University who helped develop the NEST program, said the school is a loving place with high academic standards.
Admissions: Neighborhood school. PS 244 does not offer tours for prospective parents. (Laura Zingmond, March 2005, updated by Clara Hemphill, February 2013)