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P.S. 250 George H. Lindsay (The Williamsburg Magnet School for Communications and Multimedia Arts)

Grades: Pre-K, K-5
108 Montrose Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11206
Phone: 718-384-0889

Our Insights

What’s Special

Chinese dual language

The Downside

Low enrollment

PS 250 offers a Chinese dual language program, and has two STEAM labs (for science, technology, engineering, arts and math), in which students study coding, animation and other hands-on activities.  Friendly and informative newsletters on the school website list many family workshops on topics that range from reading strategies to arts and crafts. The newsletter goes home in three languages: English, Spanish and Chinese.

The school building has ample space including an auditorium, a gymnasium and a good-sized cafeteria. Pre-kindergartners use an early-childhood playground and there is a larger schoolyard for the older children. In partnership with the National Wildlife Federation, children designed a wildlife habitat on school grounds to attract native species, a teacher wrote on the Wildlife Federation website. The children made 3-D models placing planters and benches around the space and wrote about their aims for a school garden. 

The school's largely working-class neighborhood has grown increasingly upscale in recent years. Large blocks of low-income housing developments sit amidst new and renovated housing that attracts artists, young professionals and recent college graduates. These demographic changes, in part, have led PS 250 to shrink by more than half: from more than 950 students in 2004 to to 462 in 2019. 

In 2012 PS 250 won a three-year magnet grant to attract families beyond the zone and increase the school's ethnic and racial diversity. It was able to revamp its two computer labs and buy video, photography, animation and podcasting equipment. Although the grant money ended, the school still offers instruction using this equipment, and children take visual arts, music and/or theatre classes. 

PS 250 is working to boost test scores and overall academic performance. A goal on the school’s Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP) is to make lessons more engaging and challenging.

The school has a partnership with St. Nick's Alliance, which assists students experiencing academic and social or emotional challenges. This program is led by a youth coach who comes to the school to work with students, according to the CEP. 

ADMISSIONS: PS 250 typically has space for students outside its zone. School tours are Wednesdays at 9 am. To schedule, contact the parent coordinator at the email listed under “contact & location” on this page. (Lydie Raschka, web reports and email correspondence, July 2019) 

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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?
55%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
50%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
82%
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?
94%
80% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
4.1

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?
38%
51% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
25%
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
462
Asian
18%
Black
13%
Hispanic
68%
White
1%
Other
0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
78%
Students with disabilities
16%
English language learners
11%
Pre-K seats
36

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
92%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
32%
25% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

This school offers Dual Language classes in Chinese.

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?
21%
28% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
13%
23% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
23%
28% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
16%
17% Citywide Average


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

Contact & Location

Location

Williamsburg (District 14)
Trains: L Line to Montrose Ave; J Line, M Line to Lorimer St; G Line to Broadway
Buses: B43, B46, B48, B57, B60, Q54

Contact

Principal
Roseann Lacioppa
Parent Coordinator
Viviana Nieves

Other Details

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

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

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