Conselyea Preparatory School

Grades: 6-8
Staff Pick
208 North 5th Street
Brooklyn NY 11211
Phone: 718-486-6211

Our Insights

What’s Special

Stable staff, welcoming, emphasis on writing

The Downside

Crowded building; no gymnasium

MS 577, Conselyea Preparatory School, in the heart of Williamsburg, has strong academics, a stable and effective teaching staff, and a family-friendly atmosphere. “I have only been at the school for one year, but it is already my home away from home,” a student told InsideSchools.

Long-time principal Maria Masullo grew up in the neighborhood and her own children attended the school. She gets high marks from teachers on surveys

The school shares a building with PS 17, and students must climb four and five flights of stairs to get class. “There are so many stairs!!!” a student told InsideSchools. “The gym is so small. The hallways are so cramped so you’re always late.”  

Despite the fact that hallways are jammed during class changes, school surveys overwhelmingly show the school is safe and orderly, with fewer incidents of bullying than most public middle schools in the city. 

Instead of demerits, students carry yellow cards noting the "merits" they have earned for class participation, going above and beyond their homework assignments or being model citizens, according to a video produced by the Department of Education.

Most 8th graders take 9th grade Regents exams either in Living Environment or algebra, giving them a head start on high school. MS 577 has a strong writing program; students even write in science and math class. The Quality Review says teachers give good feedback on student work, and they are adept at managing a range of academic abilities. Teachers are always striving to improve instruction, as outlined in the well-written Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP).

For the first "marking period" of 6th grade, all students are mixed together. In November, children are divided into two Regents track classes for math, two general education classes and an integrated co-teaching (ICT) class on each grade. Two sections take Regents algebra in 8th grade; everyone takes Regents living environment. Students who need extra tutoring get it at lunchtime. Teachers hold grade meetings to discuss how students are doing in different subjects. 

The grand building has some lovely old-fashioned details like wooden coat closets and an elegant double stairway at the entrance to the elementary school. A big downside is the lack of a gym, although 8th-graders learn ballroom dancing in an all-purpose room; and in nice weather, physical education classes are held out of doors in the large schoolyard. 

All students participate in visual arts, dance and music. An Out of School Time program, taught by schoolteachers, is available until 6 pm, five days a week. The many clubs and teams include band, glee club, art, theater, track and baseball.

“I love the Drama Program, with a director who has worked on Broadway, an involved cast and crew, and an amazing performance,” a student told InsideSchools. 

Most graduates stay in the area for high school, with nearby Williamsburg Prep being the most popular high school choice. A few go to selective high schools such as Beacon, Brooklyn Tech and NEST+m,  or to parochial and charter schools

Admissions: Open to students and residents of District 14, with a preference to students who have toured the school (see website). The school also looks at students’ past attendance and punctuality. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, February 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 the 2020-21 NYC School Survey

How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
89% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
27% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
88% Citywide Average

From the 2019-20 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 the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

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

How do students perform academically?

From the 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
40% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
44% Citywide Average

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
34% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From the 2021-22 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

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

Uniforms required?

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?
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


Williamsburg (District 14)
Trains: L Line to Bedford Ave; J Line, M Line, Z Line to Marcy Ave; G Line to Metropolitan Ave-Lorimer St
Buses: B24, B32, B39, B44, B44-SBS, B46, B48, B60, B62, Q54, Q59


Maria Masullo
Parent Coordinator
Rosemarie Locascio

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares a building with PS 17
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?

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