P.S. / I.S. 308 Clara Cardwell

Grades: 3-K, Pre-K, K-8
616 Quincy Street
Brooklyn NY 11221
Phone: 718-571-6960

Our Insights

What’s Special

Popular principal, inviting pre-k classrooms

The Downside

Declining enrollment, high rates of absenteeism

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)

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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%
91% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
50%
32% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
100%
84% Citywide Average

From the 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2%
1% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
85%
83% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
5.5

How do students perform academically?

From the 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
13%
54% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
14%
50% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
16%
45% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
23%
50% Citywide Average

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
79%
35% 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 the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
251
Asian
3%
Black
74%
Hispanic
17%
White
3%
Other
3%
Free or reduced priced lunch
92%
Students with disabilities
26%
English language learners
3%
Pre-K seats
18
3-K seats
24

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
93%
91% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
26%
27% Citywide Average

From the 2020 School Directories

Uniforms required?
No

How does this school serve special populations?

From the 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
20%
25% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
3%
22% Citywide Average


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

Contact & Location

Location

Bedford-Stuyvesant (District 16)
Trains: J Line to Kosciusko St
Buses: B15, B26, B38, B43, B46, B46-SBS, B47, B52, Q24

Contact

Principal
Sharon Odwin
Parent Coordinator
Lakeea Blake

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with the Teaching Firms of America Professional Preparatory Charter School
Uniforms required?
No

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

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