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P.S. 24

Grades: Pre-K, K-5
Staff Pick
427 38 Street
Brooklyn NY 11232
Phone: 718-832-9366

Our Insights

What’s Special

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

The Downside

Some kindergarten classes located off site.

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)

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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 2022-2023 NYC School Survey

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?
0% Citywide Average

From the 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
1% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2023 End-of-year Attendance and Chronic Absenteeism Report

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
84% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From the New York State 2022-2023 Assessment Database

How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
53% 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 2019-2020

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 2022-23 Demographic Snapshot

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

From 2023 End-of-year Attendance and Chronic Absenteeism Report

Average daily attendance
90% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
40% Citywide Average

From the 2020 School Directories

This school offers Dual Language classes in Spanish.

How does this school serve special populations?

From the New York State 2022-2023 Assessment Database

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
30% 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?
21% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
12% Citywide Average

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

Contact & Location


Sunset Park (District 15)
Trains: D Line, N Line, R Line to 36th St - 4 Line Ave
Buses: B35, B37, B63, B70


Maria Diaz
Parent Coordinator
Ada Galan

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?

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

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