PS/IS 66

Grades Pre-K, K-8

What’s Special

School open to children from across District 18

The Downside

School's location in an industrial area by a busy road

Our Review

PS/IS 66, open to children from across District 18, is a welcoming school with a challenging curriculum and good attendance.

The building, opened in 2003, sprawls over a large lot that includes basketball and tennis courts as well as two playgrounds and a garden. A high tech science lab for middle school students opened in 2009 and an early childhood center—with water tables for early science lessons and plenty of blocks to teach early math concepts—opened in 2011. Unfortunately, the school is next to a heavy industrial area, bordered by heavily trafficked Rockaway Parkway.

District superintendent Beverly Wilkins praised Principal Lucille Jackson for creating a welcoming environment with high academic standards. Jackson, formerly the assistant principal, has led the school since 2010.

Some teachers have expressed concerns about order and discipline, and one-quarter of the middle school students responding to the Learning Environment Survey said they don’t always feel safe in the corridors or in the neighborhood outside the building. Howver, incidents of bullying have declined since the middle school introduced an anti-bullying curriculum, Wilkins wrote in the school's 2012 Quality Review.

Special education: The school offers both “self-contained" classes (children with special needs only), and team-teaching classes, where children with special needs and children in general education learn side-by-side, with two teachers.

Admissions: Call the parent coordinator to arrange a tour. Children are admitted by lottery. (Clara Hemphill, statistics and web reports, February 2013)

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

From 2016-17 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
70%
76% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
72%
84% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
61%
49% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
80%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
79%
82% Citywide Average

From 2015-16 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
0%
3% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
64%
77% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
6.9

How do students perform academically?

From 2017 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
49%
42% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
37%
40% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
21%
36% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
36%
42% Citywide Average

From 2018 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
Edward R. Murrow High School, New Visions Charter High School for Advanced Math and Science III, and Brooklyn High School of the Arts

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
29%
29% Citywide Average

What is the Pre-K like?

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 2017-18 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
822
Asian
1.0%
Black
87.0%
Hispanic
8.0%
White
3.0%
Other
2.0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
72%
Students with disabilities
11%
English language learners
3%

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
95%
94% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
12%
21% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Uniforms required?
Yes
Pre-K seats
36

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2017 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
7%
16% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
4%
13% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
0%
6% Citywide Average
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Location

845 East 96 Street
Brooklyn NY 11236
Canarsie (District 18)
Trains: L to Canarsie - Rockaway Pkwy
Buses: B17, B42, B6, B60, B8, B82

Contact

Phone
718-922-3505
Principal
Lucille Jackson
Parent Coordinator
Milton Baker

Other Details

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
Yes

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