P.S. 24

Grades Pre-K, K-5
Staff Pick
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What’s Special

Dual-language program in English and Spanish; strong connections to the community.

The Downside

Some kindergarten classes located off site.

Our Review

Students at PS 24 are taught tolerance, self-expression, and empathy, as well as academics. School leaders believe in the importance of community, family ties and in teaching the whole child, and PS 24 is an embodiment of those beliefs.

The school is welcoming to a diverse array of families. The brilliant colored murals on the walls depict the trials and triumphs of immigrant life. Inside the sounds of English and Spanish intermingle as parents and children pour in at the start of school. Most of the students are taught in dual language classes, in which they learn in English and Spanish on alternating days.

The whole child approach is nurtured through a program with Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility, called the 4Rs (reading, writing, respect, and resolution). Lessons are often followed with time for the students to discuss among themselves what they have learned. Children are praised for working out problems in original ways.As part of the 4Rs program, kindergartners trace the shape of their hands, opening a discussion about diversity. Diversity panels, composed of older students, visit classrooms to speak of their experiences. Their young audiences gain understanding and empathy and in return offer up encouragement.

PS 24 has a strong arts curriculum. Every year, each class creates and performs its own musical based on topics covered in the curriculum. For example, one class play was about insects. Students work on all facets of the production, including writing the lyrics, musical score, and script. The school collaborates with Brooklyn Arts Exchange for theater and movement, and the Manhattan New Music Project, which sends musicians to the school. Students get music instruction once a week. The school has become crowded, but recess is held in a spacious play yard every day.

The school makes an effort to act as a gathering place for families. There are Spanish Literacy classes for parents, so they can earn their GED in Spanish, and free English as a Second Language classes. Parents can also become Certified Learning Leaders, trained by the Learning Leaders Organization, and help out in the classroom. The PTA is active, if small, and organizes special school occasions like Family Game Night, where parents and kids play board games in the cafeteria.

PS 24 also has a medical clinic, an on-site dental clinic, two full-time social workers, and outpatient mental health services.

Longtime Principal Christina Fuentes left in September 2013 for a position at the central Department of Education.Rose Dubitsky, who had been an assistant principal at PS 24 and at two small progressive Manhattan schools -- Muscota and Ella Baker -- was named interim acting principal.

After school: Guided reading is offered four times a week. Supplemental Educational Services are available. There are free after-school programs, which include Library Club, Sports Explorers, cooking, gardening, and LEGO robotics. From January through May, the school offers a Saturday Test Prep Academy in math and English for the state tests.

Middle school: PS 24s graduates often go to New Voices School of Academic & Creative Arts, MS 51 William Alexander, JHS 88 Peter Rouget and Sunset Park Prep.

Special education: PS 24 offers ICT classes, including dual language classrooms. It also has both a bilingual and monolingual SETTS teachers, a physical and occupational therapist, and bilingual and English speech teachers. The building has two elevators and is barrier free.

Admissions: Neighborhood school. (Eliana Mascio, March 2012; updated March 2014 with new principal information)

About the students

Enrollment
677
Pre-K seats
40
Asian
5.0%
Black
1.2%
Hispanic
88.6%
White
4.9%
Other
0.3%
Free or reduced priced lunch
94%
Students with disabilities
18%
English language learners
45%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
91%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
96%
94% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
9%
21% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
79%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
98%
88% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
2.8
6.6 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
74%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
72%
90% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
63%
82% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
76%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
63%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
74%
89% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
45%
65% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
85%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
88%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents say their child's teacher helped their child adjust to Pre-K?
100%
98% Citywide Average
How many parents say this Pre-K program helped them consider which elementary schools would meet their childrens' needs?
100%
92% Citywide Average
How many Pre-K parents say their child's teacher gave helpful ideas for how to support their child's learning?
100%
97% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Test scores

How many students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
25%
43% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
19%
42% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 6 dedicated spaces for Dance, Music, Theater, Visual arts, and Media arts
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

This school offers Dual Language classes in Spanish.
How many English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
4%
9% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
33%
46% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
Average math score for ICT students
2.37
2.0 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.01
2.4 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.77
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
1.79
2.2 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
1.83
2.2 Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
91%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
87%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
90%
89% Citywide Average
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Location

427 38 Street
Brooklyn NY 11232
Sunset Park (District 15)
Trains: D, N, R to 36th St - 4 Ave
Buses: B35, B37, B63, B70

Contact

Phone
718-832-9366
Principal
Jacqueline Nikovic
Parent Coordinator
Ada Galan

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

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