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Elementary School Middle School High School

P.S. 26 Jesse Owens

Grades: 3-K, Pre-K, K-5
1014 Lafayette Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11221
Phone: 718-919-5707

Our Insights

What’s Special

Popular principal; G&T in 3rd grade

The Downside

Below average attendance

PS 26 in Bedford Stuyvesant is a neigborhood school with a "gifted and talented" program starting in 3rd grade, designed to offer greater academic challenge to bright students in black and Latino neighborhoods. 

One mother told the Wall Street Journal the gifted program "fostered independence" in her daughter, who comes home with research to tackle. "I try to help her and she says, 'No, we have to do it on our own!'" the Journal quoted the mother as saying.  Children are selected for the program "by a mix of report cards, written work and teacher recommendations," according to the Journal. 

Overall, the school gets high marks from teachers, who uniformly praise the prinicpal, Cynthia Celestine, and say they would recommend the school to parents.

One downside: the school's attendance rate is below average.

Admissions: Zoned neighborhood school. Gifted program open to students in District 16, based on recommendation of 2nd grade teachers. (Clara Hemphill, news reports, February 2019)

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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?
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
83% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 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 2018-19 School Quality Guide

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

How do students perform academically?

From 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
51% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
49% Citywide Average

What is the Pre-K like?

From the NYC Program Assessment (CLASS and ECERS-R) Database through 2018-2019

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

Who does this school serve?

From 2019-20 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners
Pre-K seats
3-K seats

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
25% Citywide Average

From 2020 School Directories

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
28% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
23% Citywide Average

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

Contact & Location


Bedford-Stuyvesant (District 16)
Trains: M Line, Z Line to Myrtle Ave; J Line to Kosciusko St
Buses: B15, B38, B46, B47, B52, B54, Q24


Cynthia Celestine
Parent Coordinator
Jessica Jones

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares a building with Madiba Prep
Metal detectors?

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

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