P.S. 206 Joseph F Lamb

Grades Pre-K, K-8

What’s Special

Instructional approach benefits students of all abilities

The Downside

Students would like more variety in programs and classes

Our Review

PS 206 is a large school that serves children in kindergarten through 8th grade, including many Chinese and Russian immigrants. Among the staff are members who speak Cantonese, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamesean asset for communicating with parents. The school enjoys excellent attendance rates and solid test scores, even among English language learners and those with special needs. Regular letters go home with a child's attendance record.

Teachers are assisted in classrooms by Brooklyn College student teachers and they closely examine test results to help their many English learners boost specific skills and vocabulary, according to the school's yearly plan. It helps that Principal Dierdre Keyes is a former 5th-grade English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher. The school has seven certified ESL teachers on staff.

Although the principal is a proponent of the Teacher's College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University (sometimes faulted for lacking enough phonics and skill work), there is also a "structured approach to decode and define vocabulary," according to the Department of Education'sQuality Review Report. This has resulted in better performance for children with special needs and those learning English.

Children take science field trips to the Genovesi Environmental Center and may participate in the gardening club. There is a math club for students in grades 6-8 and a small 7th-grade lunchtime math group for students who need extra help.

Every month, parents are invited to an open house and to stay afterward for a workshop on how to help their children with academics. For fun, families are invited to Cultural Night, free yoga classes and a talent show.

Housed in a five-story brick building, PS 206 has a large art room and two gyms. The school is named for Joseph Lamba ragtime piano playerand, not coincidentally, the school has a variety of art programs, including a middle school chorus, and partnerships with New York City Ballet and Arts Connection. Even so, almost half the middle school students reported on a survey that the school does not offer a wide enough variety of programs, classes and activities to keep them interested.

The Brooklyn Chinese American Association hosts an afterschool program Monday through Friday until 6 p.m.

Special education: There is a team-taught class on every grade for a mix of children in general education and those with special needs. Teachers stay with the same class from 7th to 8th grade. English language arts and social studies teachers work together to improve students literacy skills.

Admission: Neighborhood school.(Lydie Raschka, DOE data, April 2014)

About the students

Enrollment
1492
Pre-K seats
36
Asian
47.4%
Black
1.9%
Hispanic
9.9%
White
39.1%
Other
1.6%
Free or reduced priced lunch
74%
Students with disabilities
13%
English language learners
20%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
127%
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?
9%
19% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
89%
75% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
22%
25% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
81%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
100%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
42%
46% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
1.0
6.4 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
92%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
95%
86% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
93%
79% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
73%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
94%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
97%
85% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
41%
59% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
91%
79% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
82%
84% 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%
88% Citywide Average
How many Pre-K parents say their child's teacher gave helpful ideas for how to support their child's learning?
100%
95% 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?
60%
39% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
56%
40% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 4 dedicated spaces for Dance, Music and Visual arts
This school has 4 licensed arts teachers in Dance, Music, and Theater

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
66%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
56%
55% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
64%
70% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Spanish, Algebra I, Living Environment
How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
99%
28% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
94%
87% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
James Madison HS, Rachel Carson HS for Coastal Studies, and Edward R. Murrow HS
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

This school offers Dual Language classes in Russian.
How many English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
9%
7% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
41%
18% 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
2.46
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.42
2.2 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.95
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.35
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
3.81
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
3.07
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
59%
69% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
89%
84% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
96%
89% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
93%
87% Citywide Average
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