P.S. 112 Lefferts Park

Grades Pre-K, K-5
Staff Pick

What’s Special

Cohesive, high performing school

The Downside

Building is too small

Our Review

PS 112 in Bensonhurst was one of three schools featured in the 2005 documentary Mad Hot Ballroom. The filmfeaturing 5th-graders who tango and rhumba in classes led by instrutors from the American Ballroom Theater dance programcaptures the lively spirit of this diverse, medium-sized school in an Italian and Asian neighborhood.

Among its many positive qualities, the school boasts longtime leadership, good attendance, an array of arts choices and solid test scores even among the special needs population.

One downside is rising enrollment in an already packed building. Some classes are held in a trailer outside the school, and the auditorium has been modified into a multipurpose room of sorts with removable chairs. Two corners of the room have been cut away by large curtains and designated for music and art classes.

On school surveys, however, most teachers report safety and order are maintained, and they overwhelmingly support the work of longtime principal Louise Verdemare.

Children in the upper grades receive dance lessons, while others are involved in music, theater and visual arts. Other programs include Cook Shop, a federally funded nutrition education program, robotics and bully prevention.

Admissions: Neighborhood school (Lydie Raschka, web reports and school data, September 2014)

About the students

Enrollment
655
Pre-K seats
17
Asian
38.9%
Black
0.0%
Hispanic
32.2%
White
28.2%
Other
0.6%
Free or reduced priced lunch
100%
Students with disabilities
17%
English language learners
25%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
179%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
96%
94% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
11%
21% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
92%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
100%
85% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
13.9
6.6 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
98%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
98%
87% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
94%
79% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
72%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
95%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
92%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
96%
87% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
99%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
93%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
90%
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?
92%
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?
51%
40% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
49%
39% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 3 dedicated spaces for Music, Visual arts, and an Auditorium
This school has 1 licensed arts teacher in Music
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
5%
10% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
35%
22% 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 self-contained students
2.36
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.32
2.2 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.39
2.2 Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
82%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
91%
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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