P.S. 335 Granville T. Woods
Parents feel welcome and kids get lots of academic support
Neighborhood is not the best
FEBRUARY 2015 UPDATE:Karena Thomson, formerly the assistant principal at the school, replaced Dr. Laverne C. Nimmons in 2014.
2012 REVIEW:PS 335 has a nurturing atmosphere, stable leadership and teachers who work together as a team. Parents say they feel welcome and teachers say the principal is supportive and effective.
The school's test scores are well above the citywide average, a remarkable achievement considering that nearly all children are poor enough to qualify for free lunch.
The building is nothing special, but the tone is pleasant. The library is bright and spacious and every room has computers. Children walk two-by-two in orderly lines from their classes to the lunchroom. The school shares a building with a middle school, MS 584.
Laverne C. Nimmons,who has been principal since 2003, offers students an intense level of support, both for academics and for any social or emotional issues they may be facing. The school has three guidance counselors, a psychologist and a social worker. Teachers offer a positive approach to discipline: if a child misbehaves, teachers explain why he or she has done something wrong, but don't dwell on the problem.
Staff attribute their success to their approach to teaching, which involves very precise diagnoses of what a child doesn't understand, followed by help in a very small group of other children. Attendance is poor but improving: about one third of the students typically miss more than a month of school.
A downside: Staff say the neighborhood can be dangerous, and that parents insist their children go straight home from school and stay inside, rather than risk playing outside.
Special education: The school offers a range of services, including collaborative team teaching and self-contained classes.
Admissions: neighborhood school. (Clara Hemphill, interviews, January, 2012; updated principal February 2015)
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Brooklyn NY 11213