P.S. 308 Clara Cardwell

Grades Pre-K, K-8
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What’s Special

Popular principal, inviting pre-k classrooms

The Downside

Declining enrollment, high rates of absenteeism

Our Review

Pricey hipster cafes are within walking distance of PS 308, yet many children in this neighborhood still live in poverty. The school has declining enrollment, as rising prices force some families out of the neighborhood and other families choose charter schools.

Sharon Odwin, who became principal in 2016, gets high marks from parents, according to comments posted on the InsideSchools website. She is a reading specialist with long teaching experience and was an assistant principal at MS 8, a middle school in Queens.

PS 308 has inviting pre-kindergarten classrooms with their own bathrooms and a door that leads directly to a safe, enclosed outdoor play area.

PS 308 serves a needy population: 30 percent receive special education services; more than half are at least two years below grade level in reading and math; 17 percent live in temporary housing and travel a great distance to school each morning, according to the schools annual plan. Absenteeism is high, and more than half of children miss more than a month of school, according to Department of Education statistics.

PS 308 has had its ups and downs over the years. It was once home to a gifted program that attracted some of the best students in Bedford Stuyvesant and prepared them for Brooklyn Tech High School and other selective high schools. When the gifted program was eliminated in 2008, the school suffered through a series of administrative changes: Kids roamed the halls, boys and girls hung out in coatrooms with the lights off, and teachers in locked classrooms taught only kids willing to learn, according to George Patterson, who became principal in 2012, and who was credited with restoring order.

PS 308 shares a building with T eaching Firms of America Professional Preparatory Charter School.

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school. (Lydie Raschka, April 2014; updated July 2017 with new principal and stats)

About the students

Enrollment
332
Pre-K seats
26
Asian
2.1%
Black
73.8%
Hispanic
20.8%
White
1.2%
Other
2.1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
86%
Students with disabilities
27%
English language learners
6%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with the Teaching Firms of America Professional Preparatory Charter School
Uniforms required?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
56%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
87%
94% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
55%
19% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
67%
76% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
79%
50% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
72%
84% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
75%
88% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
22%
45% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
0.4
6.4 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
89%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
100%
87% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
78%
81% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
94%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
94%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
75%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
93%
86% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
50%
60% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
79%
78% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
88%
82% Citywide Average
How many parents say their child's teacher helped their child adjust to Pre-K?
100%
97% Citywide Average
How many parents say this Pre-K program helped them consider which elementary schools would meet their childrens' needs?
100%
91% Citywide Average
How many Pre-K parents say their child's teacher gave helpful ideas for how to support their child's learning?
100%
96% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Test scores

How many students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
3%
39% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
14%
42% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 4 dedicated spaces for Music, Theater, and Media arts
This school has 1 licensed art teacher in Theater

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
65%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
52%
59% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
62%
68% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
0%
28% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
86%
86% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Brooklyn HS for Law and Technology, Benjamin Banneker Academy, and William E. Grady Career and Technical Education HS
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
0%
6% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
62%
42% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
Average math score for ICT students
1.66
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
1.66
2.2 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.76
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
1.93
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
1.85
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.1
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
65%
69% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
72%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
81%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
77%
88% Citywide Average
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Location

616 Quincy Street
Brooklyn NY 11221
Bedford-Stuyvesant (District 16)
Trains: J to Kosciusko St
Buses: B15, B26, B38, B43, B46, B47, B52, Q24

Contact

Phone
718-571-6960
Principal
Sharon Odwin
Parent Coordinator
Lakeea Blake

Zone for the 2017-2018 school year. Call school to confirm.

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