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Red Hook Neighborhood School

Grades: Pre-K, K-5
27 Huntington Street
Brooklyn NY 11231
Phone: 718-330-2238

Our Insights

What’s Special

Fresh leadership; after school programs

The Downside

Attendance has a ways to go

PS 676 Red Hook Neighborhood School is a tiny school serving pre-kindergarten through 5th grade. It has an art and media room with computers, a sunny renovated library, space for LEGOS and blocks, and two free after school programs, plus one for pre-kindergartners, which is rare in the city.

Opened in 2009, the school is tucked away, almost hidden, not far from PS 15 and Brooklyn New School, two larger and more widely known schools. Red Hook has about one class per grade. The school serves a range of mostly local families but welcomes families from further away.

Priscilla Figueroa became principal in 2017 and has brought fresh energy. She brightened the walls with paint and added kids’ artwork and murals. “She is amazing at bringing partnerships in,” said parent coordinator Marie Hueston. These include after school sports and arts programs with LEAP and the YMCA, as well as partnerships with Carnegie Hall, the New York Public Library, ACAMP African Drumming, Arts Connection, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Studio in a School, among others. Formerly assistant principal at MS 88, Figueroa is respected by school staff and involved with parents. Safety, discipline and order have improved under her leadership.

The school has long faced challenges with discipline, attendance and academic achievement, school surveys and DOE data show, but increased support for students and opportunities for families, have shown improvement, Hueston said. Children who have outbursts spend time in a relaxation room. Kids let off steam on the newly renovated playground, which has climbing equipment and a slide.

Surveys show there are some safety concerns about the neighborhood but Hueston said crossing guards, and an active, friendly police presence, help safeguard children. NCOs (Neighborhood Community Officers) conduct quarterly “Build the Block” meetings open to parents to encourage community involvement and feedback.

Raising the low attendance rate is a work in progress—many kids miss more than 18 days of school, which disrupts the flow of lessons when kids fall behind. Hueston said the staff is working to improve by “making instruction more hands-on,” so children are excited to come to school.

The building also houses the Summit Academy Charter School, a 6-12 school.

Special education: Children are served in co-teaching classes that mix half a dozen children with special needs into classes with kids in general education. “We have a great IEP [special education] coordinator,” Hueston said.

Admissions: A neighborhood school with room for students living outside the zone. Only one of two pre-k rooms had filled in fall 2018. (Lydie Raschka, web reports and interview, September 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 the 2020-21 NYC School Survey

How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
78% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
59% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
82% 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 the 2021-22 School Quality Guide

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
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
63% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
62% 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 the 2021-22 School Quality Guide

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

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

Contact & Location


Red Hook (District 15)
Trains: F Line, G Line to Smith-9th St
Buses: B57, B61


Priscilla Figueroa
Parent Coordinator
Marie Hueston

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the building with Summit Academy Charter School
Metal detectors?

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

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