P.S. 204 Vince Lombardi

Grades Pre-K, K-5
Staff Pick

What’s Special

Supportive parents and collegial staff

The Downside

Large classes

Our Review

PS 204 houses a gifted program for kids from throughout the district and attracts many high achieving students, but struggling kids get equal attention. Celebrating diversity is in the school's mission statement. A program called "Family Living" helps children learn to have "respect for themselves and the people around them," according to the friendly school website, one of the only websites we have seen that is written and illustrated by children. Other highlights include the dance festival [see photo], science fair, glee club and a 5th-grade carnival.

A safe school with strong leadership and happy teachers, PS 204 has a growing Chinese population, Spanish speakers and children with hearing loss and other challenges. Classes are large but teachers manage to offer kids the help they need to perform well on state tests. The average daily attendance rate is above average and school surveys indicate the school is safe.

Reading is approached through a mix of structured phonics lessons and fun-to-read books. Families are invited to a literacy night in the spring, as well as a book fair, a spelling bee and a storytelling contest according to the website.

The school sponsors afterschool activities such as a drama club, homework help and test prep. The Brooklyn Chinese Association runs other programs.

Special education: In team-taught classes, general education students and those with special needs work side-by-side in one classroom. There is a small class for children with more serious special needs only.

Admissions: Kids are tested for the district's gifted program, called Delta, in the spring. (Lydie Raschka, DOE data, April 2014)

About the students

Enrollment
1195
Pre-K seats
40
Asian
53.0%
Black
0.4%
Hispanic
18.4%
White
27.6%
Other
0.6%
Free or reduced priced lunch
76%
Students with disabilities
14%
English language learners
14%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
139%
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?
8%
21% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
92%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
98%
88% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
4.9
6.6 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
87%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
97%
90% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
88%
82% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
82%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
95%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
97%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
92%
89% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
88%
65% 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?
81%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents say their child's teacher helped their child adjust to Pre-K?
100%
98% Citywide Average
How many parents say this Pre-K program helped them consider which elementary schools would meet their childrens' needs?
95%
92% Citywide Average
How many Pre-K parents say their child's teacher gave helpful ideas for how to support their child's learning?
100%
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?
71%
43% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
62%
42% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 0 dedicated spaces for the arts.
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?
18%
9% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
66%
46% 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
1.93
2.0 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.45
2.4 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.81
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.18
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
4.02
2.8 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.23
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?
87%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
86%
89% Citywide Average
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Location

8101 15 Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11228
Bensonhurst (District 20)
Trains: D to 79th St
Buses: B1, B4, B64, B8

Contact

Phone
718-236-2906
Principal
Nancy Tomasuolo
Parent Coordinator
Jody Amato Logosso

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