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The Emily Warren Roebling School

Grades: K-5
Staff Pick
37 Hicks Street
Brooklyn NY 11201
Phone: 718-834-6740

Our Insights

What’s Special

Innovative partnerships, projects and math program

The Downside

2016 rezoning did not alleviate overcrowding

Tucked away in a quiet corner of Brooklyn Heights, PS 8 has active parents, an imaginative curriculum and a special focus on social studies. It hums along like a well-serviced vehicle.

Thematic social studies units are at the heart of the curriculum at both sites. Second-graders create a "Box City" of restaurants, banks, a hotel and even an Irish pub from cardboard boxes, and learn about community, business and architecture in the process. Each "citizen" is given $100 per day to "live" in the city and must figure out how to pay taxes.

Fifth-graders learn to argue for a cause they believe in as part of Project Citizen, a program designed to encourage participation in government. One group was avidly seeking more physical education time—PS 8 students only get one gym period per week—citing research that shows too many children are obese.

Disappointed with the city math curriculum, the PTA purchased Bridges in Mathematics, the first public school in the city to adopt it. The program emphasizes manipulatives, such as counters, rulers and other tools to help kids visualize math. 

The PTA has raised close to $1 million each year. (The day we visited was the eve of a golf tournament fundraiser). The money pays for teaching assistants and a long-standing collaboration with the Guggenheim Museum to bring teaching artists into the school and to take 3rd- and 4th-graders to the museum where they learn to become docents.

Classrooms are clean with well-defined centers. This lends a calm atmosphere even in the art room where soft music was playing. Missing is the clutter of hanging paper charts—the use of SMART Boards suffice, teachers said. Parents may bring their children right to their elementary classrooms.

In September 2019, the middle school grades began operating as a separate school, MS 915, under separate leadership. Its teaching staff and location inside the Westinghouse High School Campus building remain the same.

From MS 915's website: "In 2018, the School Leadership Team of the PS 8/MS 8 community successfully worked with the Department of Education to split the two schools so that each school could have its own focus, funding, mission and vision. MS 915 continues on the path that MS 8 established, now completely devoted to the education and upbringing of tweens and young teenagers."

There is a free after school program, plus a fee-based program based on teacher’s passions like newspaper, jiu-jitsu and many other choices.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: There is at least one ICT (integrated co-teaching) class on every grade. PS 8 enrolls some severely disabled children, including some who are non-verbal and have one-on-one assistants. 

ADMISSIONS: Zoned, neighborhood school. Despite a 2016 rezoning to alleviate overcrowding, PS 8 had a kindergarten wait list in 2017 and there is no longer room for pre-kindergarten classes. Fifth-graders  get priority in admission to the middle school, now known as MS 915.  (Pamela Wheaton, PS 8, May 2016; middle school info updated October, 2019)

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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

From the 2022-2023 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
84% Citywide Average

From the 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
1% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2023 End-of-year Attendance and Chronic Absenteeism Report

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
85% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From the New York State 2022-2023 Assessment Database

How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
53% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
50% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From the 2022-23 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From the 2022-23 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
91% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
36% Citywide Average

From the 2020 School Directories

Uniforms required?

How does this school serve special populations?

From the New York State 2022-2023 Assessment Database

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
30% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
23% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
21% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
12% Citywide Average

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Contact & Location


Brooklyn Heights (District 13)
Trains: F Line to York St; A Line, C Line to High St; 4 Line, 5 Line, R Line to Court St - Borough Hall; 2 Line, 3 Line to Clark St
Buses: B103, B25, B26, B38, B41, B52, B54, B57, B62, B67, B69


Patricia Peterson
Parent Coordinator
Eileen Carrier

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?

Zone for the 2019-2020 school year. Call school to confirm.

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