PS 244 Richard R. Green

Grades Pre-K, K-5
Staff Pick for Special Ed

Location

5404 Tilden Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11203
Flatbush (District 18)
Buses: B17, B35, B46, B47, B7, B8

Contact

Phone
718-346-6240
Principal
Deon Edwards
Parent Coordinator
Gail Wright

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

What’s Special

Strong special education services

The Downside

Test scores are only average

Our Review

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)

About the students

Enrollment
550
Pre-K seats
26
Asian
0.2%
Black
94.9%
Hispanic
3.6%
White
0.9%
Other
0.4%
Free or reduced priced lunch
84%
Students with disabilities
22%
English language learners
4%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with Brooklyn Science and Engineering Academy
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
69%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
93%
94% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
22%
21% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
39%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
89%
88% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
2.8
6.6 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
34%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
58%
90% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
34%
82% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
91%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
95%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
44%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
61%
89% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
20%
65% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
75%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
71%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents say their child's teacher helped their child adjust to Pre-K?
88%
98% Citywide Average
How many parents say this Pre-K program helped them consider which elementary schools would meet their childrens' needs?
89%
92% Citywide Average
How many Pre-K parents say their child's teacher gave helpful ideas for how to support their child's learning?
88%
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?
34%
43% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
45%
42% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 2 dedicated spaces for Music and Media arts
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the 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
1.88
2.0 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.48
2.4 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.9
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.37
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
2.07
2.8 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
1.98
2.2 Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
96%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
96%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
96%
89% Citywide Average
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