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Parkside Preparatory Academy

Grades: 6-8
Noteworthy
655 Parkside Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11226
Phone: 718-462-6992
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Our Insights

What’s Special

Students get well-rounded education; some earn scholarships to private boarding schools

The Downside

Some discipline problems

Drawing on a philosophy of education formed in her native Jamaica, long-time principal Adrienne Spencer sets the tone for the Parkside Preparatory Academy, also known as MS 2. The school's Latin motto is embroidered on her blazer lapel: Agi Quod Agis, or do well what you do, concentrate on the task at hand. She cares about structure and grammar. She exposes kids to classical music.

"In my country every subject is important, even phys ed," says Spencer, explaining why she believes children need a well-rounded education, including music, dance and drama. Children may join a hiking and biking club or take a cooking class after school. She teaches a class herself--Spanish the day of our visit--and other administrators teach as well.

A zoned neighborhood school, MS 2 serves a range of children, including some who live in homeless shelters and new arrivals from Yemen, Somalia, Haiti and French Guiana who are just learning English. While most pupils have weak academic skills, a few top students win scholarships to private boarding schools after participating in Prep for Prep and the Oliver Scholars Program. MS 2 offers SHSAT prep two days a week to encourage more children to apply to the city's specialized high schools. A handful of students have been accepted to Brooklyn Tech High School.

While the school was orderly during our visit, it has wrestled with discipline problems in recent years. Spencer says teachers have adopted restorative justice in which students make amends to those they have harmed, a practice that has led to lower suspension rates.

There is some lively teaching: one science teacher demonstrated the phases of the moon by draping a towel over a globe; another made test prep for the Living Environment Regents exam seem fun. One history teacher encouraged students to talk about 19th century factory life in Lowell, MA, while another sparked a discussion about the architecture of ancient Greece. Regents level classes are offered in Spanish, US History, Algebra I, and Living Environment.

This school shares the building with Explore Charter School and a District 75 program, K141

SPECIAL EDUCATION: Team teaching and self-contained classes are offered. On our visit, the school seemed to do a good job including students with special needs in regular classes. For example, one child donned earphones to listen to an audio book of To Kill a Mocking Bird while others read the text in print.

ADMISSIONS: Zoned neighborhood school. There is usually some room for out-of-zone children. (Clara Hemphill, April 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 2017-18 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
75%
79% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
91%
83% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
36%
50% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
89%
84% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
89%
83% Citywide Average

From 2016-17 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
4%
4% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
79%
73% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
15.5

How do students perform academically?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
22%
36% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
45%
44% Citywide Average

From 2018 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
Medgar Evers College Preparatory School, Brooklyn High School of the Arts, and It Takes a Village Academy
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I, Living Environment, US History

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
34%
31% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
476
Asian
4%
Black
77%
Hispanic
14%
White
3%
Other
2%
Free or reduced priced lunch
89%
Students with disabilities
19%
English language learners
12%

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
94%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
18%
23% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Uniforms required?
Yes

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
1%
15% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
8%
18% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
3%
14% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
2%
8% Citywide Average


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

Contact & Location

Location

Prospect-Lefferts Gardens (District 17)
Trains: 2 Line, 5 Line to Winthrop St
Buses: B12, B35, B41, B44, B44-SBS, B49

Contact

Principal
Adrienne Spencer
Parent Coordinator
JOANNE MOBLEY

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with Explore Charter School and a District 75 program, K141
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No

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

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