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P.S. 185 Walter Kassenbrock

Grades: K-5
Staff Pick
8601 Ridge Boulevard
Brooklyn NY 11209
Phone: 718-745-6610

Our Insights

What’s Special

Strong academics and effective principal.

The Downside

Technology program is lacking.

PS 185 has high academic standards, a well-regarded principal and teachers who don’t want to teach anywhere else.

Both parents and teachers give high marks to Principal Kenneth Llinas on the Learning Environment Survey. Parents are very satisfied with the quality of their children’s education and all the teachers agree the principal is an effective manager.

The school has a variety music programs including recorder for 3rd graders, music history and a school chorus for 4th and 5th graders. The students also have art class, gym class, technology class, and drawing class. In drawing class, they use sketching to learn more about different core subject areas. “For a social studies lesson, they may practice map making, or if they were doing a science lesson they would learn how to diagram a frog,” said PTA Co-President Jennifer Kruger said in a phone interview.

“The parents are very involved. We have a strong PTA that funds all the enrichment programs the school can’t pay for,” Kruger said. “We have a terrific assembly program. Last year we flew in ballet dancers from Chicago who did a fantastic Greek mythology ballet.”

The school also has ballroom dancing for 5th graders, student government in the upper grades, and a native plant garden. Students also participate in a chess program where students receive chess instruction ever other week, funded by the PTA. 

Before becoming principal, Llinas was assistant principal at PS 185. Llinas graduated from Pace University and received a master's in early childhood education from the Bank Street College of Education.

Special education: Integrated co-teaching classes.

Admissions: Zoned neighborhood school. (Annaclaire Diianni-Miller, web reports, July 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 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
88%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
91%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
95%
83% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
0%
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?
85%
80% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
4.1

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?
70%
51% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
68%
49% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
634
Asian
7%
Black
1%
Hispanic
21%
White
68%
Other
3%
Free or reduced priced lunch
43%
Students with disabilities
17%
English language learners
7%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
95%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
10%
25% Citywide Average

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?
31%
28% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
20%
23% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
18%
28% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
9%
17% Citywide Average


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

Contact & Location

Location

Bay Ridge (District 20)
Trains: R Line to 86th St
Buses: B1, B16, B37, B4, B63, B8, S53, S79-SBS, S93

Contact

Principal
Rena Goudelias
Parent Coordinator
Mary Maguire

Other Details

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?
No

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

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