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P.S. 208 Elsa Ebeling

Grades: Pre-K, K-5
4801 Avenue D
Brooklyn NY 11203
Phone: 718-629-1670

Our Insights

What’s Special

Beautiful outdoor space

The Downside

Declining enrollment, no after school

PS 208 Elsa Ebeling is a small neighborhood school that has long served generations of families who are primarily of Caribbean and African descent. The parent coordinator not only sent her own three children there, but also attended herself.

On the day of our visit, kids in maroon jumpers and pale yellow shirts enjoyed painting, writing, planting seeds, dancing and playing games outside. Pre-kindergarten classrooms were equipped with blocks and dramatic play areas in spacious uncluttered classrooms.

The school has a beautiful outdoor play space with a running track and four square courts. On nice days the gym teacher holds classes outdoors. Children in pre-kindergarten through 2nd grade go outside nearly everyday for free play.

The school day runs form 8 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. but parents may drop their children off at 7:30 a.m. Children told us they feel supported by their teachers and challenged in their classrooms. “Teachers care for us,” said one. “The work is fun.” Fifth graders said their homework load is about one hour per night.

The building is clean with well-lit classrooms and lots of student work on the walls. Written work showed a range of abilities. Kids learn how to edit their own work to get it ready to publish.

Former assistant principal Nakoley Renville took the helm in 2015. She has an open door policy, she said, and has been working to move the school from a more traditional model, in which teachers do most of the talking, to a more student-centered one where kids discuss topics with each other and do hands-on projects.

"I'm proud of the work we are doing here," Renville said. "We work hard at understanding and learning cutting edge techniques so kids can compete with 21st century skills." 

Renville acknowledged the school has seen a drastic decline in enrollment in recent years. She attributes this to the growth of charter schools in the area that offer longer hours, and the fact that some young families can no longer afford to live in the area. Some of her families have left for charter schools but some have returned because they experienced high teacher turnover and felt a loss of community, she said.  

Children at PS 208 said they would like more after-school programs. Current offerings are not held on a regular basis and mostly consist of test prep, they said.

The school has a Scouts program on Friday evenings and the principal seemed especially proud that PS 208 participates in the district-wide initiative My Brother's Keeper, a movement to break down barriers to success at school and in other aspects of life for boys and young men of color.

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school (Mica Vanterpool, June 2018)

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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 the 2022-2023 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
84% Citywide Average

From the 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
1% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2023 End-of-year Attendance and Chronic Absenteeism Report

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
85% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From the New York State 2022-2023 Assessment Database

How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
53% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
50% Citywide Average

What is the Pre-K like?

From the NYC Program Assessment (CLASS and ECERS-R) Database through 2019-2020

Instruction: Teachers ask kids to explain their reasoning when they solve problems
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 the 2022-23 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners
Pre-K seats
3-K seats

From the 2022-23 School Quality Guide

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

From the 2020 School Directories

How does this school serve special populations?

From the New York State 2022-2023 Assessment Database

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
30% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
23% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
21% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
12% Citywide Average

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Contact & Location


Flatbush (District 18)
Buses: B46, B7, B8


Marjorie Jackson
Parent Coordinator
Carla Hudlin

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?

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

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