P.S./M.S. 282 Park Slope

Grades Pre-K, K-5, 7-8
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What’s Special

Dynamic principal, multiracial PTO, room for children outside zone

The Downside

Principal needs time to put his vision into practice

Our Review

PS 282, with a dynamic principal and an active, multiracial Parent Teacher Organization, has long welcomed children from across Brooklyn. Now, it will have even more room for young children from outside its attendance zone: The Department of Education has decided to phase out the middle school grades, 6-8, and expand enrollment in PK-5 by more than 300 seats.

Rashan Hoke, named principal in 2014, is working to make the school more "child-centered" and less "teacher-centered." He'd like to see more time for children to explore their own interests and speak in class and less time spent listening to teachers. Teachers are invited to observe lessons at PS 154 and PS 321 two popular schools nearbyand receive training in the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. Pre-kindergarten teachers work with colleagues from the well-regarded Helen Owen Carey pre-school across the street.

"Our principal works closely with the principal of PS 321," said PTO president Andrew Marshall. One result of the collaboration: the quality and quantity of children's writing has improved. "My daughter is doing a lot more writing, and more in-depth writing," Marshall said.

PS 282 is in the heart of one of Brooklyn's toniest neighborhoods, but more than half of its students come from outside the zone. In recent years, parents who live in the zoneprimarily white and upper middle classhave sent their children to PS 282 for early grades, but transferred them out by 2nd grade, opting for private schools or other public schools nearby. That's beginning to change with the arrival of Hoke, who is well-regarded by both parents and teachers, parents say.

Hoke, whose ancestry is Puerto Rican and South Asian, has helped bridge the divide between white and black parents and makes all parents feel valued, says Marshall, who is black. On our visit, a dozen parents of different races worked together in the PTO office on tasks such as fund-raising, writing a newsletter and updating the school website. The staff is diverse, as is the student body. "For my children integration is all they have ever known," said Lynn Almon, who is white.

The school has a gifted program open to children from across District 13. In practice, many of the children in the gifted program live in the school zone. However, because the school has so much space for out-of-zone children, the general education classes have children from as far away as Sheepshead Bay and Bay Ridge.

Some of the schools longtime strengths include a champion chess team, a rugby team, a drama program, and a software engineering program that teaches computer coding to 3rd- through 5th-graders. On our visit, we saw some classes in which children were happily engaged in their work, and a few in which children seemed distracted. The gifted classes seemed to have the most challenging work and the most imaginative lessons. For example, children in a gifted kindergarten class had a Halloween assignment where they wrote about what they were afraid of. "I am afraid of a ghost," one wrote. "I am afraid of pumpkin seeds," wrote another. The tone of the school was pleasant throughout; we didn't hear any of the yelling by teachers that we had heard on previous visits. Hoke acknowledges the school is a work-in-progress and that it will take time to carry out his vision.

The middle school, launched in 2008, struggled to find its academic footing. The DOE decided to phase it out beginning in 2017. Because of quirks in zoning, children who are zoned for PS 282, part of District 13, are eligible to attend District 15 middle schools and many take advantage of that option.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school offers ICT (integrated co-teaching) classes.

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school. District-wide gifted program. The school has long had room for children from outside the attendance zone. (Clara Hemphill, October 2016)

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

Is this school safe and well-run?

From 2016-17 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
55%
76% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
78%
84% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
72%
49% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
75%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
70%
82% Citywide Average

From 2015-16 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2%
3% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
80%
77% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
2.9

How do students perform academically?

From 2017 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
40%
42% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
57%
40% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
22%
36% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
38%
42% Citywide Average

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
13%
29% Citywide Average

What is the Pre-K like?

From this school's most recent Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS)

Instruction: Teachers ask kids to explain their reasoning when they solve problems

From this school's most recent Early Childhood Environmental Rating System (ECERS-R)

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 2017-18 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
742
Asian
4.0%
Black
53.0%
Hispanic
26.0%
White
16.0%
Other
2.0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
54%
Students with disabilities
18%
English language learners
3%

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
91%
94% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
34%
21% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Pre-K seats
90

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2017 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
19%
16% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
21%
13% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
0%
17% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
4%
6% Citywide Average
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Location

180 6 Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11217
Park Slope (District 13)
Trains: R to Union St; B, Q to 7th Ave; 2, 3 to Bergen St
Buses: B103, B37, B41, B45, B63, B65, B67, B69

Contact

Phone
718-622-1626
Principal
Rashan Hoke
Parent Coordinator
Crystal Padmore Brisset

Other Details

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?
No

Zone for the 2017-2018 school year. Call school to confirm.

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