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P.S. 307 Daniel Hale Williams

Grades: Pre-K, K-5
209 York Street
Brooklyn NY 11201
Phone: 718-834-4748
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Our Insights

What’s Special

Welcoming tone and great program for students on the autism spectrum

The Downside

Needy students provide challenges with academics and attendance

Good things are happening at PS 307. Classrooms are calm and welcoming, with high levels of student engagement. Class size is small and most classes have at least two adults. Particularly in the lower grades, the writing and art work posted on bulletin boards is rich and creative, showing attentive teaching editing the students work. In one pre-k class, children sang Hello, hello, how do you do? In another, they measured their heights with yarn.

Principal Stephanie Carroll, whose own children attended the progressive Midtown West School in Manhattan, encourages teachers to create imaginative lessons with plenty of time for play and exploration. Student teachers and volunteers ensure children get plenty of attention.

The school boasts two well-stocked music classrooms. Each has keyboards where all students learn some keyboarding, and fifth graders learn guitar. The school has a rock band and jazz group, which are part of an afterschool program. Classes in Mandarin are offered. A $1.8 million magnet grant for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education provides hands-on science and math at least three hours per week. Although the grant formally ended in 2016, the school continues to offer the STEM classes and welcomes children from outside the school attendance zone.

Located in Vinegar Hill, a gentrifying neighborhood between the Brooklyn Navy Yard and DUMBO, PS 307 has long served children who live in the Farragut public housing development across the street. Students with special needs from throughout the district come for the school's excellent ASD Horizon program for students on the autism spectrum.

In 2016, to ease overcrowding at nearby PS 8, The Department of Education expanded the zone for PS 307 to include DUMBO. The change was controversial: Some PS 307 parents worried that a community institution that has long nurtured black and Latino families would be "taken over" by outsiders from the gentrifying neighborhood of DUMBO, while some DUMBO families worried that the school's low test scores mean their children might not be challenged.

Those fears did not seem to materialize, at least in the first year after the rezoning. Carroll, whose mother is from France and whose father is from Senegal, says my perspective is not black and white and has reassured parents of all races that they are welcome. Kindergarten enrollments increased significantly, from just 18 children in 2015-16 to 56 in 2016-17.

Despite the school's many strengths, daunting challenges remain. While most children were engaged in their classes on our visit, a few were squirming or not paying attention. Test scores are below the citywide average. There are high rates of chronic absenteeism. Some teachers complain of discipline problems, according to 2015-16 school survey. However, on our visit in fall 2016, the school appeared calm and orderly.

With effective leadership and strong teaching, PS 307 is a school to watch.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: There are ICT (integrated co-teaching) classes on every grade, several self-contained classes for special education students, and several special small classes for students on the autism spectrum in the ASD Horizon program. Teachers provide personal attention and a gentle atmosphere. One general education student even studies in the ASD classroom because he works better in a smaller, quieter group. The 1st-grade classroom with cozy corners, was dimly lit with music softly playing and all students focused.

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school but students from outside of the zone are also admitted. The school welcomes prospective parents who wish to visit or tour. (Elizabeth Daniels, November 2015, Clara Hemphill, November 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 2017-18 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
81% Citywide Average
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?
85% Citywide Average

From 2016-17 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
78% 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?
49% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
48% Citywide Average

What is the Pre-K like?

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

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2017-18 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

Pre-K seats

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?
26% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
22% Citywide Average

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

Contact & Location


DUMBO (District 13)
Trains: F Line to York St; A Line, C Line to High St
Buses: B25, B26, B54, B57, B62, B67, B69


Stephanie Carroll
Parent Coordinator

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.

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

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