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P.S. 124 Silas B. Dutcher

Grades: Pre-K, K-5
515 4 Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11215
Phone: 718-788-0246
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Our Insights

What’s Special

Small class size; ethnically and economically diverse student body

The Downside

Gym takes place on the basement level in a large multi-purpose space

PS 124 sits on a shady stretch of busy 4th Avenue 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. 

The school is often overshadowed by its sought-after 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. Children study science in a lab with a licensed science teacher who has a masters degree in science and environmental education, according to the school's 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.

Maria Interlandi became principal in fall 2018, replacing a long-time leader who had struggled to gain the trust of the teachers. Interlandi served as assistant principal at PS 94, another school with a Spanish-English dual language program, and helped design and direct the popular Little Brooklyn Pre-K Centers, which are within a mile or so of PS 124. She has worked closely with District 15 Superintendant Anita Skop in recent years, according to a PS 124 teacher.

Long-time music teacher Paul Conrad wrote us to say there is an atmosphere of "incredible excitement and optimism" at the school. There are three pre-k classes and two classes on most other grades. 

One downside: There is no hardwood-floor gymnasium. The linoleum-tiled space in the basement serves as gym and auditorium. It occupies half the building's footprint.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school offers co-teaching classes on almost every grade. These mix about half a dozen children with special needs into general ed classes. 

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school. (Lydie Raschka, DOE data and email correspondence, 2018)

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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 2017-18 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
81% Citywide Average
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?
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?
77% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

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?
49% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
48% 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

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

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

From 2018 School Directories

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

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?
26% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
22% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
27% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
17% Citywide Average

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

Contact & Location


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


Annabell Burrell
Parent Coordinator

Other Details

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

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

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