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P.S. 46 Edward C. Blum

Grades: Pre-K, K-5
100 Clermont Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11205
Phone: 718-834-7694
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Our Insights

What’s Special

Magnet program brings in cultural arts programs

The Downside

Declining enrollment, many children are chronically absent

Located on a quiet residential street in Fort Greene, PS 46 has an inviting library, a rich arts program and class trips to museums such as the Cloisters and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Hallways are lined with colorful projects that reflect the school's largely black and Hispanic population: Mardi Gras masks, maps of African nations and totem poles as part of a study of Native Americans. A dual language Spanish-English program begins in pre-k.

The school's enrollment has declined as some families choose charter schools; others are forced out of the neighborhood by rising rents. Some class rosters have dropped drastically: Five students from one Spanish dual language class moved over the summer of 2015, leaving only 12 children in the class.

That leaves space for children from other areas of Brooklyn, including many whose parents work in nearby downtown Brooklyn. "We take everybody," said Karyn Nicholson, principal since 2009. Unfortunately, lateness and absenteeism are a concern: More than 40 percent of children missed more than a month of school in 2014-15.

The school's attendance zone includes single family homes, new apartment buildings, and NYCHA housing developments. More than 50 students live in homeless shelters.

A magnet grant for communication and media arts has brought in many outside partners who assist teachers in infusing arts, science and social studies into daily lessons. Each unit of study culminates with a school-wide celebration in the large auditorium. Social studies ties into daily math and reading lessons: 3rd-graders made beaded rings and necklaces, learning about math patterns as well as African culture.

Fifth-graders built their own "rainforest" in the classroom and invited kindergartners to tour it. Ginjer Clarke, author of What's up in the Amazon Rainforest, visited the class and read from her book, and commended the students on their rainforest. "I could not be more impressed," she said.

A parent praised the "affectionate" nature of the school. "I know everybody and my daughter is comfortable," she said. "It's a peaceful place." Many staff members have family members who currently, or formerly, attended the school.

There are three pre-kindergarten classrooms in a separate pre-k wing, but only the dual language pre-k class had a full roster in 2015-2016. The lack of a full-time after-school program dissuades some families from choosing PS 46, the principal said.

State test scores are below average for the city. PS 46 uses the city's recommended curriculum: GoMath and Ready Gen, supplementing with other programs. Math worksheets were in general use in all grades to make sure students learn the basics.

The building, shared with Fort Greene Prep middle school, has a beautifully inviting library built by the Robin Hood Foundation, a large auditorium and an outdoor school yard, adjacent to a city playground. There is a full-size gym, but, sadly, no gym teacher. Classroom teachers take students to the shared gym once a week.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: Most special needs students are in self-contained classrooms for special education only. A SETSS teacher comes into some classrooms to offer support services but there are no ICT (integrated co-teaching) classrooms.

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school. There are many openings for students from outside the zone and even the district, for dual language and the magnet program. (Pamela Wheaton, January 2016)

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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 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
83% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 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 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
80% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
51% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
49% Citywide Average

What is the Pre-K like?

From the NYC Program Assessment (CLASS and ECERS-R) Database through 2018-2019

Instruction: Teachers ask kids to explain their reasoning when they solve problems
Activities: Children explore art, music, sand/water, dramatic play and more
Language: Teachers talk and listen to kids in a supportive way
Interaction: Teachers ask kids good questions and invite back-and-forth conversation

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners
Pre-K seats

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
25% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

This school offers Dual Language classes in Spanish.

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
28% 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?
28% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
17% Citywide Average

For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Contact & Location


Fort Greene (District 13)
Trains: G Line to Clinton-Washington Aves
Buses: B38, B54, B57, B62, B67, B69


Maria Guzman
Parent Coordinator
Cecelia Parks Lopez

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares a building with Fort Greene Prep
Metal detectors?

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

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