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PS 516 Sunset Park Avenues Elementary School

Grades: Pre-K, K-5
4222 4th Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11232
Phone: 718-369-8330

Our Insights

What’s Special

New school with a focus on language development

The Downside

Too new to tell

Sunset Park Avenues has a commitment to developing student language skills in both English and students’ native languages. Nearly 90 percent of the school’s pupils are English language learners who speak Mandarin or Spanish at home, says Jill Smith, the founding principal. Smith sees her students’ fluency in other languages as a benefit. “Rather than viewing language as a problem to be solved, we will view it as a resource,” she says. 

A new school designed to ease overcrowding in PS 94 and PS 169, PS 516 opened with three kindergarten classes in 2013. Sunset Park Avenues will add a grade each year until it serves K-5. Two of the classes in each grade are general education classes and the third is a dual language classroom, with students learning one day in Spanish and the next day in English. Sunset Park Avenues also has a bilingual program for children who speak Mandarin at home. 

Smith started her educational career in Sunset Park as a teacher and instructional coach at PS 172 and she is excited that the Education Department asked her to open a new school in the neighborhood. "When I found out I was going to be able to stay in Sunset Park, in the community I love, with the families I love, I was overjoyed," she says. 

Sunset Park Avenues opened in temporary quarters  in an annex behind IS 136, Dewey Middle School. The school's permanent location is a few blocks away at the former St. Michael's Parochial School building. 

Special education: Special needs students learn in a classroom with two teachers, one of whom is certified in special educaton.

Admissions: Zoned neighborhood school. (In its first year, the school accepted overflow students from nearby PS 94 and PS 169.)(Anna Schneider, July 2013, based on web reports and an interview with the principal.)

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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 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
98%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
95%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
90%
83% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
0%
1% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
67%
80% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
0.4

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?
35%
51% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
31%
49% 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 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
500
Asian
14%
Black
0%
Hispanic
78%
White
7%
Other
0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
85%
Students with disabilities
22%
English language learners
34%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
95%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
15%
25% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Pre-K seats
54
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?
18%
28% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
10%
23% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
16%
28% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
8%
17% Citywide Average


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Contact & Location

Location

Sunset Park (District 15)
Trains: R Line to 45th St; D Line, N Line to 36th St
Buses: B11, B35, B37, B63, B70

Contact

Principal
Jessica Knudson
Parent Coordinator
Chane Enden

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with a Pre-K Center
Metal detectors?
No

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

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