P.S. 206 Joseph F Lamb
Instructional approach benefits students of all abilities
Students would like more variety in programs and classes
UPDATE: Deirdre Keyes has succeeded Gemma De Vre-Carletto as principal of PS 206.
2003 REVIEW: PS 206 is a large, harmonious school that serves children in kindergarten through eighth grade, including many Chinese and Russian immigrants.
Writing exercises are woven into every lesson. Students make their own "Big Books," taking photographs with digital cameras for illustrations. The use of technology is innovative: Second graders created computer maps of their neighborhoods.
The school is named for Joseph Lamb, a ragtime piano player, and not coincidentally, the school has a strong music program. The 6th-7th grade chorus was singing one of his pieces, "Follow the Crowd to Coney Island" on our visit. Housed in a five-story brick building, PS 206 has a large art room and two gyms. It offers after-school programs in reading, math, and sports. Middle-schoolers say they like staying in the building past elementary school. "It's small and teachers stay on your back," said one of them. "I know everyone and it's close to my home," said another.
The administration's goal is to make the middle school more academically challenging. For now, many of the top elementary students go to honors programs elsewhere in the district. PS 206 is one of the 209 academically successful schools that the chancellor exempted from following the citywide uniform curriculum mandated in 2003. Ten to 15 percent of elementary school students and half the middle school students come from outside the zone. Open houses for the middle school are held in October and May. (Pamela Wheaton, 2001, updated 2003)
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Brooklyn NY 11229