PS 244 Richard R. Green

Grades: Pre-K, K-5
Staff Pick for Special Ed
5404 Tilden Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11203
Phone: 718-346-6240

Our Insights

What’s Special

Strong special education services

The Downside

Test scores are only average

DECEMBER 2014 UPDATE: In 2014, Deon Edwards replaced long time principal Grace Alesia. Deon Edwards was formerly assistant principal at PS 235 Janice Knight School.

FEBRUARY 2013 REVIEW: PS 244 has high academic standards, stable leadership and a staff that works together as a team. It’s particularly well-known for its special education services, which include a NEST program for higher functioning children with autism.

Situated in a predominantly Caribbean-American community, PS 244 is housed in a large building with two wings, one built in 1934 and the other in 1995. The school is immaculate: the floors shine and the brass railings in the entrance are polished.

PS 244 offers an impressive array of facilities including a library, auditorium, dance room, art room, music room, math lab, computer lab, gym, an adaptive physical education room (for physically challenged students) and an elevator (in the new wing). Outside, the school has several yards, including one equipped with a series of steel drums for children to play during recess.

Children “learn by doing” and teachers “work collaboratively to share good practices,” district superintendent Beverly Wilkins wrote in the school’s Quality Review. “Teachers feel extremely supported. “ She called the school “well developed,” the highest ranking in the Quality Review. Grace Alesia has been principal for more than a decade.

The school’s test scores, while respectable, are only average for the city. The school, like many in the district, has been losing population in recent years.

Special education: This barrier free school has a NEST program for children on the autism spectrum. It has "self-contained" classes, for children with special needs only, as well as team-taught "inclusion classes," where two teachers work in the same classroom with both general education students and those needing special services. Dorothy Siegel, a researcher at New York University who helped develop the NEST program, said the school is a loving place with high academic standards.

Admissions: Neighborhood school. PS 244 does not offer tours for prospective parents. (Laura Zingmond, March 2005, updated by Clara Hemphill, February 2013)

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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 2020-21 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
86% Citywide Average

From the 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
0% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
86% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From the 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
51% 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 2018-2019

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 2021-22 Demographic Snapshot

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

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
92% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
26% Citywide Average

From the 2020 School Directories

How does this school serve special populations?

From the 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
28% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
23% Citywide Average

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

Contact & Location


Flatbush (District 18)
Buses: B17, B35, B46, B47, B7, B8


Deon Edwards
Parent Coordinator
Jenill West

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the building with Brooklyn Science and Engineering Academy
Metal detectors?

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

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