P.S. 59 William Floyd

Grades: Pre-K, K-5
211 Throop Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11206
Phone: 718-443-3600

Our Insights

What’s Special

Orderly school with music, drama, art, robotics and more

The Downside

Some kids miss many days of school

An annual, full-scale Disney musical gets families excited about PS 59 along with generous arts, sports and technology programs including a choir, animation, robotics, a STEM lab and girls digital coding.

Academically PS 59 is making strides, too. In this organized and orderly school, academic goals and children’s work are posted neatly in spotless hallways. Each grade has an English-Spanish dual language classroom, with lessons taught in English one day and Spanish the next. These classes have an even balance of English and Spanish speakers so kids can learn from each other. Pre-kindergartners get a taste of Spanish in the Bilingual Birdies program.

Once designated as a “focus” school in need of improvement, the city’s Quality Snaphots and Quality Guide now recognize it for boosting achievement. The tone in the building is calm and structured but kids are not expected to be silent in the classrooms. We saw pre-kindergartners dance, build and play, and 5th graders chat as they worked on math problems in small groups. 

Teachers have a firm and friendly manner. Instructions were kid-friendly in all the classrooms we saw. Principal Cherry-Ann Joseph-Hislop took the helm in 2017 after serving as assistant principal since 2013, and she seems to be involved in everything, from devising an easy-to-follow 3-step method for writing a good essay, to getting to the root of behavior problems, to choosing the book of the month. 

Assistant principal Zachary Mack said PS 59 has a reputation for taking kids who come in with low skills in kindergarten and bringing them up to “significantly higher achievement by the time they leave.” 

Kids practice a “skill of the week” in addition to regular lessons. These are tricky concepts, such as fractions, or identifying the theme in a book, that many kids miss on tests. Teachers split classes into small groups several times a week to practice these skills and bring in an extra teacher to help. “We’ve made great strides academically,” said Hislop. 

We saw lots of reading and writing in all classrooms, including in the two pre-kindergartens. In grades 3-5, kids are “departmentalized;” that is they meet with one teacher for math and another for English language arts. 

Most students live in nearby Tompkins Houses or Sumner Houses and about 100 stay for the robust afterschool programs. For them, PS 59 is like a second home where they eat breakfast, lunch and dinner. The school has a dental clinic for students, two guidance counselors, and workshops for parents on topics such as nutrition and job skills. 

A downside at PS 59 is its attendance rate; some kids miss many days of school, which means teachers must review lessons to help them catch up, or move on and risk some kids not understanding the lesson. 

“The population we serve involves out of country connections, and temporary housing,” said Mack. Attendance is a special focus, he said. Staffers contact every student who is absent, and a morning meeting is designed in part to motivate kids to get to school on time.

The building is shared with Success Academy Bed-Stuy 2, a high performing school with a longer school day and strict rules of behavior. Most children attend IS 318 after graduating from PS 59.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school has a team-teaching class on every grade, in which kids with special needs are placed in classrooms with their general education peers and two teachers, one of whom is trained to teach special education. 

There are also two “self-contained” classrooms for children with serious special needs. Kids with special needs do better than the citywide average on state tests. “The quality of our special ed teachers is particularly high,” said Mack. 

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school. (Lydie Raschka, October 2017)


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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 the 2020-21 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
86% Citywide Average

From the 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
0% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
86% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From the 2019 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?
50% 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 the 2021-22 Demographic Snapshot

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

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
92% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
26% Citywide Average

From the 2020 School Directories

This school offers Dual Language classes in Spanish.

How does this school serve special populations?

From the 2019 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

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

Contact & Location


Bedford-Stuyvesant (District 14)
Trains: Z Line to Myrtle Ave; J Line, M Line to Flushing Ave; G Line to Myrtle Ave-Willoughby Ave
Buses: B15, B38, B43, B44, B46, B47, B48, B54, B57


Cherry Ann Joseph Hislop
Parent Coordinator
Jonathan Figueroa

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares a building with Success Academy Bed Stuy 2 Charter School
Metal detectors?

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

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