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P.S. 130 The Parkside

Grades: Pre-K, K-5
Staff Pick
70 Ocean Parkway
Brooklyn NY 11218
Phone: 718-686-1940

Our Insights

What’s Special

Diversity; rich arts programming

The Downside

No gym

As Brooklyn has gentrified, many schools' enrollments have shifted from mostly working-class children of color to mostly white children of professionals. PS 130 is home to an experiment designed to preserve the racial balance for which the school is proud.

When the city proposed building a new school on the other side of Fort Hamilton Parkway, PS 130 parents were concerned that their community would be divided: One side of the parkway is mostly professional families, while the other side is mostly working-class. If the PS 130 attendance zone were cut in two, all the children from one group would go to one school; all the children from the other would go to the other.

So, with the help of their local city councilman and the Community Education Council, they came up with a plan: PS 130 would continue to serve all the children in the zone from Pre-K to 2nd grade. And, then when the new MS 839 building at 713 Caton Avenue opened in September 2015, grades 3-5 of PS 130 moved there.

"The grades and classes will remain diverse, all kids will benefit from the new facilities, and the school community will remain united," said city councilman Brad Lander, who backed the plan.

Many speak a language other than English at home, including Spanish, Cantonese, Haitian Creole, Urdu and Bengali. The administration has long worked hard to teach children of different groups to resolve conflicts peacefully.

As part of a program called the Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility, children volunteer to be "mediators" who work with their peers to help them get along better.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school offers occupational and speech therapy and a resource room is staffed by a psychologist and guidance counselors. There is at least one Integrated Co-Teaching class on each grade. These classes mix children with disabilities and children in general education in one room, with two teachers, one certified in special education. 

ADMISSIONS: Zoned neighborhood school. Many of P.S. 130's graduates go to large District 15 middle schools: MS 51 and MS 88.  (Clara Hemphill, web reports and school data, August 2016)

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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

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

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Contact & Location


Windsor Terrace (District 15)
Trains: F Line, G Line to Fort Hamilton Parkway
Buses: B103, B16, B35, B67, B68


Stephanie Parsons
Parent Coordinator
Jacqueline Serra

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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