P.S. 188 Michael E. Berdy

Grades Pre-K, K-5

Location

3314 Neptune Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11224
Coney Island (District 21)
Buses: B36, B74, X28, X38

Contact

Phone
718-265-7580
Principal
Janice Dalton
Parent Coordinator
Altovise Green

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

What’s Special

Good teaching and lots of field trips; vision center opens in 2013

The Downside

Social studies could use more focus; there's no proper gym

Our Review

SEPTEMBER 2011 UPDATE: Since 2009, the Sigma gifted program has been phasing out. There have been no new students in the program since then.

2003 Review: Bright, colorful streamers are tied to the gate that surrounds PS 188, a sharp contrast to the bare, worn streets around the school. A huge percentage of PS 188's students 88%, or 13% higher than the citywide rate come from low-income homes. Some live in homeless shelters. Many enter the school with weak skills. Awaiting them at PS 188 are colorful murals, an energized atmosphere, and some enviable academic offerings.

PS 188's magnet theme is "New York City." Through the program, kids are offered regular field trips to different corners of the city, as well as to cultural spots in other states. The day of our visit, the entire fourth grade was traveling to the New York Planetarium.

PS 188 has been working to build up its science program, and its science classroom is filled with student projects. The literacy program at the school has been improving, too, according to one parent. Unfortunately, this parent said, the social studies could use more focus.

The school's large enrollment has drawbacks. Special programs, such as science, can't be offered to everyone; two classes are located in portable classrooms outside of the main building; and the first lunch period begins at 10:30 a.m. The school also lacks a proper gymnasium.

At the same time, PS 188 has a beautiful new dance studio, complete with mirrored walls and a ballet barre. Hallways are being repainted each floor a different bright color and a new computer lab is on the way. In 2013, the school will get a new vision center, and students will be able to get free glasses and eyecare.Parents, teachers, and students seem more than willing to adjust to the school's spatial and programming glitches in return for a school they consider especially strong and welcoming to kids. According to the principal, fully half of the school's fifth grade class is accepted into gifted programs for middle school. (Deborah Apsel, May 2003; updated information 2013)

About the students

Enrollment
486
Pre-K seats
32
Asian
4.1%
Black
49.8%
Hispanic
35.6%
White
8.4%
Other
2.1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
100%
Students with disabilities
22%
English language learners
6%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
63%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
89%
94% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
46%
21% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
23%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
41%
88% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
14.6
6.6 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
64%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
84%
90% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
74%
82% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
93%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
41%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
75%
89% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
44%
65% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
80%
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?
100%
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?
27%
43% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
27%
42% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 5 dedicated spaces for Dance, Visual arts, 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
1.93
2.0 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.13
2.4 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.87
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.3
2.2 Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
74%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
75%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
70%
89% Citywide Average
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