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P.S. 67 Charles A. Dorsey

Grades: Pre-K, K-5
51 Saint Edwards Street
Brooklyn NY 11205
Phone: 718-834-6756

Our Insights

What’s Special

School is making a comeback with caring leadership & community support

The Downside

Old building needs TLC; math scores have a ways to go

Adjacent to large public housing developments, PS 67 is a small, caring school with energetic leadership, engaged students and a raft of extras such as counseling, dental care, an extended school day and even a late-afternoon meal. Originally known as the African Free School, it was the first to serve African-Americans in Brooklyn in the 19th century.

PS 67 is making a comeback after years of decline. Test scores for reading, while still low, are improving. Discipline has improved, according to school surveys, and teachers are enthusiastic about the principal, Kyesha Jackson, who came in 2015.

"She really gets to know the kids and us. It's been a breath of fresh air," said science teacher Morgan Cremin.

PS 67 is one of 94 low-performing schools that have received extra funds for social services and a longer school day as part of the city's initiative called Renewal Schools. Whatever the success of the initiative overall, at PS 67 it seems to be working.

In all the classrooms we visited, students were happily focused on their work and could clearly articulate the lessons at hand, meeting high expectations for them. Instruction is personalized; children have access to thousands of books via online libraries as well as on classroom bookshelves.

Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classrooms are huge, filled with inviting toys, blocks and dramatic play corners. Teaching artists come into the school. Some projects-such as making animal kites for Chinese New Yeartie into the social studies unit on China. Students read junior great books and take part in Socrates discussion.

Third graders studying the life cycle of frogs were reading non-fiction and inviting picture books, and writing down unfamiliar words. They used sophisticated words like "carnivore" to describe what they learned and helped one another out as they read. The teachers, and support staff, moved from group to group helping students.

The science lab is particularly inviting, with numerous habitats and little critters, among them a meal worm, a pet gerbil and a 10-year-old catfish named Colonel Mustard. Students did an experiment about how metamorphic rocks could turn into igneous, using colored crayons as a model.

The school, which shares a building with Community Roots Charter School, serves a needy population. About half the children live either doubled up or in homeless shelters. The rate of chronic absenteeism is high, much of it due to student or family illness.

Jackson and Tal Bar-Zemer, community school director from the non-profit organization Partnership with Children, have teamed up to offer children both challenging academics and a range of services designed to address some of the effects of poverty. The division of labor allows the principal to focus on instruction while Bar-Zemer can focus on attendance and families' well-being. Bar-Zemer call herself the "assistant principal of feelings."

The school helps parents manage their children's asthma. It works with city housing authorities to fix up apartments and make needed repairs that could adversely affect children's health. On our visit, we saw brightly wrapped Christmas presents piled up in the principal's office, courtesy of New York Cares and chosen in response to student letters. A nice perk for parents: a free ticket to the Nets or Islanders games at Barclay Center.

Summer teacher training focused on helping teachers deal with behavioral issues; teachers learn to recognize signs of bullying and conflict and students are taught productive ways to express anger or frustration. A supportive social worker is on hand to help teachers. There is an inclusive strategy for involving parents including hosting weekend meetings coinciding with a festival in the huge, inviting schoolyard for students.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: Most students with IEPs are in self-contained classrooms. There is one team-taught class although the principal said she would like to increase the number in the future. "We're trying to move away from self-contained," the principal said.

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school. The school is under-enrolled and has space for out of zone children. (Pamela Wheaton, December 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?
89%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
100%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
94%
83% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
0%
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?
57%
80% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
3.9

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?
18%
51% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
31%
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

Enrollment
217
Asian
4%
Black
61%
Hispanic
30%
White
3%
Other
1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
98%
Students with disabilities
32%
English language learners
8%
Pre-K seats
18

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
89%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
42%
25% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

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?
13%
28% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
7%
23% Citywide Average


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Contact & Location

Location

Fort Greene (District 13)
Trains: B Line, Q Line, R Line to DeKalb Ave; A Line, C Line, F Line to Jay St-MetroTech; 2 Line, 3 Line to Hoyt St - Fulton Mall
Buses: B25, B26, B38, B54, B57, B62, B67, B69

Contact

Principal
Kyesha Jackson
Parent Coordinator
Darren Graham

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with Community Roots Charter Elementary School

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

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