P.S. 124 Silas B. Dutcher

Grades Pre-K, K-5
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What’s Special

Small class sizes; diverse student body

The Downside

Friction between staff and principal

Our Review

PS 124 sits on a shady stretch of busy 4thAvenue in Park Slope, among car-supply shops, older, three-flat buildings and newer, high-rise luxury apartments. The school serves longtime neighborhood residents whose grandparents graduated from the school, as well as children whose parents recently immigrated to the United States. One-fourth of the students speak a language other than English at home, with Spanish, Arabic, Bengali, Mandarin and Polish among the home languages. A dual language program founded in 2013 allows native English and Spanish speakers to learn together in both languages.

The school is often overshadowed by its famous neighbor up the hill,PS 321, but parents at PS 124 praise the small classes, the music, science and art, and the small town feel with big world diversity, as one parent wrote in our comments section. Children study science in a lab with a licensed science teacher who has a masters degree in science and environmental education, according to the schools yearly plan. The music teacher offers guitar and recorder lessons, and 1st graders participate in a ten-week program at Gallery Players, a theater next to the school, called Shakespeare for Sprites.

Unfortunately, school surveys show friction between the teachers and the principal, who majored in bilingual education at Brooklyn College and has been with the school since 2005. The Quality Review show teachers would like more support from her in planning and improving instruction. Only one-third report she is an effective manager with a clear vision.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school offers self-contained classes and students get help both inside and outside the classroom in small, targeted groups. Services include occupational therapy and speech.

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school. (Lydie Raschka, school data, July 2017)

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

From 2016-17 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
64%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
31%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
59%
85% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
70%
77% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
11.8

How do students perform academically?

From 2017 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
45%
43% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
42%
42% Citywide Average

What is the Pre-K like?

From this school's most recent Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS)

Instruction: Teachers ask kids to explain their reasoning when they solve problems

From this school's most recent Early Childhood Environmental Rating System (ECERS-R)

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 2017-18 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
344
Asian
27.0%
Black
4.0%
Hispanic
53.0%
White
14.0%
Other
3.0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
66%
Students with disabilities
17%
English language learners
23%

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
95%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
14%
23% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Pre-K seats
72
This school offers Dual Language classes in Spanish.

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2017 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
8%
21% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
0%
15% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
19%
21% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
7%
9% Citywide Average
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Location

515 4 Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11215
Park Slope (District 15)
Trains: F, G, R to 4th Ave - 9th St
Buses: B103, B37, B61, B63, B67, B69

Contact

Phone
718-788-0246
Principal
Annabell Burrell
Parent Coordinator
David Loughlin

Other Details

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

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

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