P.S. 236 Mill Basin

Grades Pre-K, K-5
Staff Pick

Location

6302 Avenue U
Brooklyn NY 11234
Bergen Beach (District 22)
Buses: B100, B3, B41, B47, BM1

Contact

Phone
718-444-6969
Principal
Salil Paingankar
Parent Coordinator
Antoinet La Bella

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

What’s Special

Spacious outdoor play area, high academic standards for all

The Downside

No music

Our Review

PS 236 is a well-run, well-equipped school in a neighborhood with lots of stay-at-home mothers and one- and two-family homes with manicured lawns. Fifth graders lead The Pledge of Allegiance and sing The Star Spangled Banner over the public address system each morning. Classes are tracked, with children placed in groups according to their abilities. Homework is heavy. "They start homework at 4 in the afternoon and don't finish until after dinner," one parent said. "This breeds discipline and will pay off down the road." Even kindergartners have homework assignments, such as filling out a phonics worksheet from a workbook. The school has an inviting library with classical music playing, plants, dioramas made by the kids, and big windows that overlook a playground. Students in all grades perform and stage musical plays.

PS 236 has teaching artists from Puppetry in Practice, who help children make puppets and put on shows connected to the social studies curriculum, such as Native American music and dance. The school has two gifted programs, the district-wide Eagle program and a school-based Scholar's Academy, designed for children in grades 25 to integrate social studies and reading. Children receiving special education services are integrated into regular classes and receive extra help from a second teacher for part of the day. The school is overcrowded and there isn't much room for children from outside the zone. Tours are given by appointment. (This school is featured in New York City's Best Public Elementary Schools. Pamela Wheaton, 2002, updated May 2005)

About the students

Enrollment
544
Pre-K seats
48
Asian
9.7%
Black
20.0%
Hispanic
13.2%
White
52.4%
Other
4.6%
Free or reduced priced lunch
43%
Students with disabilities
14%
English language learners
5%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
117%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
95%
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?
87%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
100%
88% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
2.6
6.6 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
100%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
100%
90% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
97%
82% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
81%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
100%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
100%
89% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
73%
65% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
77%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
86%
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?
77%
43% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
68%
42% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 3 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 English Language Learners?

How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
25%
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
2.74
2.0 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.86
2.4 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
2.31
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.53
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
4.43
2.8 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.6
2.2 Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
88%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
89%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
89%
89% Citywide Average
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