Brooklyn Gardens Elementary School

Grades Pre-K, K-5

What’s Special

Children work in a nearby garden

The Downside

Too soon to say

Our Review

At Brooklyn Gardens Elementary School, staffers encourage children to investigate and explore. A sense of curiosity and a willingness to ask questions are seen as a plus.

The heart of the curriculum is social studies, science and the arts, with a special focus on gardening in a nearby park. Children engage in extended projects in which they plan, discuss, write, read, draw, and build, according to a press release. Our students ask questions to better understand their world. Inquiry leads curious minds to investigate, Principal Irene K. Spence said in a press release.

Spence is a native Brooklynite who taught at PS 97 for ten years, producing talent shows, plays, performances and art projects with her students. She received her bachelors degree in elementary education from the City College of New York and has a MA in special education.

BGES, opened in 2013, shares the building with School of the Future Brooklyn and PS/IS 174, which is phasing out due to poor performance.

Special education: There are team taught classes.

Admissions: Zoned neighborhood school. To learn more contact: [email protected] (Lydie Raschka, press release, September 2013)

About the students

Enrollment
335
Pre-K seats
25
Asian
0.3%
Black
62.7%
Hispanic
33.4%
White
2.4%
Other
1.2%
Free or reduced priced lunch
100%
Students with disabilities
28%
English language learners
7%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with the School of the Future Brooklyn
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
112%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
91%
94% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
33%
21% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
83%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
64%
85% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
3.0
6.6 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
100%
80% 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?
100%
79% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
33%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
91%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
100%
87% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
93%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
87%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
86%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents say their child's teacher helped their child adjust to Pre-K?
100%
97% Citywide Average
How many parents say this Pre-K program helped them consider which elementary schools would meet their childrens' needs?
100%
91% Citywide Average
How many Pre-K parents say their child's teacher gave helpful ideas for how to support their child's learning?
100%
96% 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?
7%
40% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
11%
39% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 1 dedicated space for an Auditorium
This school has 0 licensed arts teachers in Dance, Music, Theater or Visual 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
1.73
2.0 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
1.81
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.65
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
1.85
2.2 Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
94%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
97%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
94%
89% Citywide Average
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