P.S. 241 Emma L. Johnston

Grades Pre-K, K-5
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What’s Special

Museum trips and lively class discussions

The Downside

Gentrification has forced longtime residents out

Our Review

An engaging curriculum, high expectations, creative lessons, and a group of teachers who work together as a team have earned PS 241 high marks on the citys Quality Review. The school takes advantage of its location to take children on frequent class trips to the nearby Brooklyn Museum, the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens and the Brooklyn Childrens Museum.

The teachers are adept at sparking lively class discussions and there are lots of hands-on projects and fun activities. Children are grouped by ability; the strongest students are placed in an enrichment class.

Students seem eager to share their ideas, often in the grammatically correct complete sentences that their teachers want. In a 2nd-grade class, the teacher asked what it means to fight for a cause and then asked children to identify causes and people who had fought for them. Kindergartners animatedly considered whether a character in a story was mean or unhappy. Another kindergarten class worked in pairs to come up with letter sounds and then reported back. "My partner says, 'Popcorn pops,'" one boy offered.

In math, students are expected not only to solve problems but also to create models for solving them.

This approach also prompts discussion. A 5th-grader drew varied responses when she showed how she had solved a fraction problem. "I agree with what the number is, but I disagree with the model," one of her classmates said.

Teachers find unusual topics for students to write about. Third-graders in the enrichment class were assigned two countries and were asked to write an essay on which one was more deserving of the free books a fictional librarian planned to distribute. Another class wrote about whether snakes or sharks posed a greater danger to other animals.

In addition to trips to local museums, children may visit the United Nations and a local farm. Teaching artists come to PS 241 to offer programs in theater and dance.

The school can pay for some special programs because of the largess of Peter Malkin, a prestigious alumnus. He attended PS 241 in the 1940s and went on to graduate from Harvard and own the Empire State Building. Each year, he returns as principal for a day and has helped the school purchase technology and rebuild a playground.

The schools enrollment declined substantially a decade ago. It lost some children to charter schools but many more to rising housing costs that have driven families out of the neighborhood, says Frantz Lucius, who has been principal since 2010. The newcomers either do not have children, Lucius says, or if they do they are not sending them to PS 241. Whether that will changeand what effect it will have on PS 241remains uncertain.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: PS 241 offers team-teaching classes with a mix of general students and those with special needs.About 10 percent of students are English language learners, including a number from Africa whose native language is Fulani. Instruction for English language learners is provided both inside and outside their regular classroom.

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school. (Gail Robinson, March 2016)

About the students

Enrollment
524
Pre-K seats
44
Asian
0.4%
Black
85.5%
Hispanic
9.2%
White
3.4%
Other
1.5%
Free or reduced priced lunch
90%
Students with disabilities
11%
English language learners
9%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
76%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
93%
94% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
21%
21% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
85%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
82%
88% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
6.0
6.6 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
88%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
91%
90% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
81%
82% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
93%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
98%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
94%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
94%
89% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
70%
65% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
77%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
80%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents say their child's teacher helped their child adjust to Pre-K?
100%
98% Citywide Average
How many parents say this Pre-K program helped them consider which elementary schools would meet their childrens' needs?
96%
92% Citywide Average
How many Pre-K parents say their child's teacher gave helpful ideas for how to support their child's learning?
100%
97% 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?
38%
43% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
42%
42% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 3 dedicated spaces for Music and Visual arts
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?
5%
9% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
46%
46% 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 self-contained students
2.64
2.4 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
1.99
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
2.57
2.8 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.02
2.2 Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
76%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
77%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
77%
89% Citywide Average
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Location

976 President Street
Brooklyn NY 11225
Crown Heights (District 17)
Trains: S to Botanic Garden; F to Park Place; B, Q to Prospect Park; 2, 3, 4, 5 to Franklin Ave
Buses: B41, B43, B44-SBS, B45, B48, B49

Contact

Phone
718-636-4725
Principal
Frantz Lucius
Parent Coordinator
Paulette Morrissette

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