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PS/MS 262 El Hajj Malik El Shabazz School

Grades: 3-K, Pre-K, K-5
500 Macon Street
Brooklyn NY 11233
Phone: 718-453-0780

Our Insights

What’s Special

High expectations

The Downside

Discipline problems

PS/IS 262 is a small school located in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood of Bedford Stuyvesant, filled with well-kept brownstone buildings. Long-time Principal Joeletha Ferguson, who grew up in the neighborhood, has high-expectations for students and staff, according to the 2016 Quality Review.

However, more than a third of teachers complain of discipline problems and more than 40 percent mistrust the principal, according to the 2015-16 survey.

The school, built in 1962, added middle school grades in 2010 but, due to low enrollment, the city decided to elimininate the middle school, beginning with a phase-out of 6th grade in 2017.

PS 262 was named for Malcolm X, also known as El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, and just inside the main entrance, is a large, colorful mural depicting the black leader watching over a line of school children.

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school. (Clara Hemphill, web reports July 2017)

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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
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 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: A Line, C Line to Utica Ave
Buses: B15, B25, B26, B46, B47, B52


Joeletha Ferguson
Parent Coordinator
Isabelle Garner

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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