P.S. 255 Barbara Reing School

Grades Pre-K, K-5
Staff Pick

What’s Special

Excellent resources; positive, safe atmosphere

The Downside

Parent involvement is lacking, according to annual school survey

Our Review

PS 255 is a traditional, neighborhood school in Sheepshead Bay. Over 37 languages are represented in the student population. Many students are third-generation attendees, new immigrants are welcomed, and resources ranging from a dentist to computer labs are available for children. Academics are solid and the school is safe and welcoming. Parents recommend the school, but attendance at school meetings is below average for the city, according to the school survey.

Names of students with perfect attendance gleam through a glass case, and recipients of student-of-the-month awards are honored in a ceremony wearing a silky blue sash. The school encourages parents to participate both as volunteers and as guests at family nights, when the school sponsors games and educational activities.

The website lists many arts activities and outings. Children visit the Guggenheim Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of the American Indian, and many more. Kindergarten through 2nd-grade students visit art studios in the art department at Kingsborough Community College to see first-hand where an artist works. They also keep art journals. Parents are invited to special craft nights and art workshops tied to literacy. Children may participate in chorus, theater or dance; some have won prizes in dance competitions. Two full-time music teachers offer instruction in piano, flute, violin, clarinet or recorder.

PS 255 offers one full-day and two half-day pre-k classrooms, plus one that serves general and special education children together in one room. Children who qualify for this program may be either 3 or 4 years of age (these are the only 3-year-olds who may be served in a Universal Pre-Kindergarten program). This special class is called UPK Plus.

Principal Kelly McCann was previously a teacher and literacy and math coach. She became principal in 2013.

Special education: Some children receive help in a regular classroom. Others are assigned to an integrated co-teaching (ICT) class, in which two teachers, one of whom is certified in special education, work as a team with a mix of children in general education and those with special needs. Self-contained classes serve children with more serious disabilities. This school also hosts an ASD Nest Program for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Students with ASDs learn in a classroom alongside typically developing children, taught by two teachers who have been trained in the program's specialized curriculum. Physical education classes are adapted for children with special needs.

Admissions: Neighborhood school.(Lydie Raschka, web reports and school data, August 2014)

About the students

Enrollment
970
Pre-K seats
30
Asian
22.5%
Black
2.7%
Hispanic
10.9%
White
62.4%
Other
1.6%
Free or reduced priced lunch
75%
Students with disabilities
14%
English language learners
26%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
148%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
94%
94% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
16%
21% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
84%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
97%
85% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
2.8
6.6 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
76%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
83%
87% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
82%
79% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
82%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
94%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
80%
87% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
50%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
87%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
83%
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?
84%
91% Citywide Average
How many Pre-K parents say their child's teacher gave helpful ideas for how to support their child's learning?
94%
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?
59%
40% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
51%
39% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 3 dedicated spaces for Music, Visual arts, and an Auditorium
This school has 4 licensed arts teachers in Dance, Music, and Theater
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
4%
10% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
22%
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
2.06
2.0 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.75
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.78
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.58
2.2 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.41
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?
93%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
91%
89% Citywide Average
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