Park Place Community (M.S. 266)

Grades: 6-8
62 Park Place
Brooklyn NY 11217
Phone: 718-245-8766

Our Insights

What’s Special

Small middle school with strong arts programs & long school day

The Downside

Low enrollment

Located on the top floor of a former Catholic school building on a residential street in Park Slope, Park Place Community Middle School offers a safe, cozy space for District 13 students. The tiny school has a digital and an arts focus, and offers a longer school day as part of the citys middle school initiative.

An ArtsConnection grant, aimed at linking academics and the arts, allows the school to stay open until 6 pm and offer homework help, leadership skills, theatre, dance, and the production of musicals such as Fame and Hairspray.

Every child learns to play an instrument, whether it is a string instrument, percussion or woodwinds, said Glenda Esperance, the school's principal at the time of our interview (Frederick Torres is the current principal). The school band has performed at citywide functions including the Macys Fourth of July parade, accompanying professionals such as Gloria Estefan.

"We are not an arts school but we do really believe in children having opportunities to display their talents not only in academics but in other disciplines as well," said Esperance.

MS 266 participates in the Department of Education's Comfort Dog program, which sends dogs into schools to provide emotional support for students. Sixth-graders, in particular, spend time with Peter Parker, the dog.

Students may take as many as three Regents exams: Living Environment, Integrated Algebra and Spanish proficiency.

A downside of the building is that there is no science lab or library. The building was closed for two years between 2015-2017 while it was refurbished with a new roof and new technology, including SMART boards in every classroom and the school was temporarily relocated to Bedford Stuyvesant. Because of the move to a different neighborhood, some students transferred out, further decreasing an already low enrollment, the principal noted, but, she said, enrollment was stabilizing with the move back to its original building in Park Slope.

The school is open on Saturdays so students have access to computers and can come in to do homework. Its almost like a study hall, the principal said.

An increasing number of graduates attend arts high schools such as LaGuardia, Talent Unlimited and Brooklyn High School of the Arts, the principal said in a telephone interview. Other choices include Bedford Academy, Park Slope Collegiate, Midwood and the Harbor School, which, like MS 266, has a program for harvesting oysters.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: There is a sizable special education population; one-third of the students receive services. There are Integrated Co-Teaching classes on every grade, as well as one self-contained class for 6th and 7th graders. By 8th grade, the principal said, all children should be in a general education class. A District 75 school for children on the autism spectrum shares the building and some of those students attend classes with MS 266 students.

ADMISSIONS: District 13 priority (Pamela Wheaton, interview & Web reports, July 2017; updated principal information, June 2021)

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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 2019-20 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
82% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
52% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
82% Citywide Average

From 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
3% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
75% Citywide Average

How do students perform academically?

From 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
37% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
42% Citywide Average

From 2021 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
Bedford Academy High School, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, and Transit Tech Career and Technical Education High School
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I,Living Environment

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
32% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
23% Citywide Average

From 2020 School Directories

Uniforms required?

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
14% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
15% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
14% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
6% Citywide Average

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

Contact & Location


Park Slope (District 13)
Trains: Q Line to 7th Ave; 4 Line, 5 Line, D Line, N Line, R Line to Atlantic Ave - Barclays Center; 2 Line, 3 Line to Bergen St
Buses: B103, B37, B41, B45, B63, B65, B67, B69


Frederick Torres
Parent Coordinator
Katrina Peters

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares a building with PS 93
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?

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