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P.S. 375 Jackie Robinson School

Grades: Pre-K, K-5
Noteworthy
46 Mckeever Place
Brooklyn NY 11225
Phone: 718-693-6655
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Our Insights

What’s Special

Dual language for children, GED and ESL classes for parents

The Downside

High rates of chronic absenteeism

When Schwanna Ellman became principal of PS 375 in October 2014, she vowed to change the schools reputation as a place where parents were kept out. Now, parents are allowed in the building to drop off and pick up their children—not asked to wait outside whatever the weather. Tours are offered to anyone who asks, and parents are invited to volunteer. The school offers GED and ESL classes for adults—a boon for the many Mexican immigrants in the neighborhood.

Once a month, parents may have Tea with the Principal, a chance to meet informally from 8:30 to 9:30 am.

Other changes were evident on our tour of PS 375: Children no longer line up to go to the bathroom as a class, but may go whenever they need to. Pre-kindergartners and kindergartners may take part in a dual language class in which they study in Spanish one day and English the next. The scripted ReadyGen reading curriculum has been replaced with Core Knowledge in the lower grades and Expeditionary Learning in the upper grades, a reading series that offers teachers more flexibility.

The school faces many challenges. Enrollment has declined in recent years, the result of gentrification and competition from charter schools, while the proportion of children with special needs and new immigrants learning English has grown. Many of the children who live in nearby housing projects are very needy, and chronic absenteeism is high. Academic achievement levels are low.

Nonetheless, Ellman has high hopes for the school. She began her teaching career at PS 175 in Harlem and was an intern-principal at PS 69 in the Bronx—a high-performing school in a tough neighborhood with a population that's similar to PS 375's. Ellman continues to rely on PS 69 principal Sheila Durant as a mentor, and hopes to adopt some of that schools teaching techniques, such as the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education that encourages exploration and discovery.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school has self-contained and ICT classes.

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school. (Clara Hemphill, October 2015)

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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 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
80%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
86%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
93%
83% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

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

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
94%
80% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
4.8

How do students perform academically?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
24%
51% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
24%
49% Citywide Average

What is the Pre-K like?

From this school's most recent Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS)

Instruction: Teachers ask kids to explain their reasoning when they solve problems

From this school's most recent Early Childhood Environmental Rating System (ECERS-R)

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 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
339
Asian
2%
Black
69%
Hispanic
24%
White
2%
Other
3%
Free or reduced priced lunch
95%
Students with disabilities
26%
English language learners
24%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
91%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
36%
25% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Pre-K seats
36
This school offers Dual Language classes in Spanish.

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?
9%
28% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
13%
23% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
13%
28% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
11%
17% Citywide Average


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Contact & Location

Location

Crown Heights (District 17)
Trains: B Line, Q Line, S Line to Prospect Park; 2 Line, 3 Line, 4 Line, 5 Line to Franklin Ave
Buses: B16, B41, B43, B44, B48, B49

Contact

Principal
Schwanna Ellman
Parent Coordinator
Robin Graham

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with Ebbets Field Middle School
Metal detectors?
No

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

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