P.S. 236 Mill Basin

Grades Pre-K, K-5
Staff Pick

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 one- and two-family homes and manicured lawns. The school has an inviting library with big windows that overlook a reburished playground.

The school sets high academic standards, and test scores are above the citywide average. Statistics also show that children with special needs perform average or above on state tests. For a few years this well-regarded school seemed to falter under a principal that never fully gained the community's trust and received low marks on school surveys, but under new leadership things seem to have stablized.

Salil Paingankar became principal in November of the 2013-2014 school year, earning high marks on theLearning Environment Surveythat yearwith 100 percent of teachers reporting he is a good manager.

A downside: There is no music teacher, but kids in the lower grades learn how to dance. The schoolwebsite has pictures of science projects and other activities.

The outdoor play yard is spacious and clean with a bold track outline and an interesting climbing structure that looks like a giant spider web.

Special education: The school offers ICT (integrated co-teaching) classes for student with special needs.

Admissions: Neighborhood school. Students test into the district gifted and talented program housed at the school. (Lydie Raschka, web reports and school data, September 2014)

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%)
109%
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?
92%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
100%
85% 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?
95%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
100%
87% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
89%
79% 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?
95%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
97%
87% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
65%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
71%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
84%
87% 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%
91% Citywide Average
How many Pre-K parents say their child's teacher gave helpful ideas for how to support their child's learning?
100%
96% 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?
72%
40% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
67%
39% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 2 dedicated spaces for Dance and Visual arts
This school has 0 licensed arts teachers in Dance, Music, Theater or Visual 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%
22% 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
2.3 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?
84%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
88%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
88%
89% Citywide Average
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