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P.S. 186 Dr. Irving A Gladstone

Grades: K-5
Staff Pick
7601 19 Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11214
Phone: 718-236-7071

Our Insights

What’s Special

Interactive, discovery-based learning

The Downside

Space is tight, only one pre-K

American flags, Chinese restaurants and Virgin Mary statues are common sights along the avenues of Bensonhurst, a traditionally Italian enclave also known as Brooklyn's second Chinatown. Once an old-fashioned school with desks in rows, PS 186 now serves many children of new immigrants with cutting-edge technology, in classrooms that hum with movement and chatter as kids work on learning-tasks, projects and games.

Academics start early but there is lots of variety, choice and activity to hold a child's interest at every age. Teachers move energetically among tables to assist children like supportive coaches on a ball field.

Particularly successful here are the many different ways children cover a topic. During a science lesson on states of matter, some children watched a video, others read a picture book and a few did an experiment with the teacher. Then the groups rotated. In one class, kids played geometry games with colorful shapes and iPads, using QR codes to check their answers.

One-quarter of the students are new to speaking English and there are many opportunities for them to practice their English here. When children learn this way it makes it easier for the teacher to check their understanding, said Principal Bayan Cadotte, a former elementary and middle school teacher. Indeed, we saw teachers jot notes and listen in as they worked their rooms.

Children are noticeably kind and helpful. Attendance is better than average, a good sign for such a large school, meaning the teacher does not have to slow down to help kids who missed lessons catch up.

Independence is prized so children try to find their own answers, rather than only relying on the teacher, whether it's finding the word "purple" posted on the wall, or checking a pocket guide on copyediting marks as they edit a classmate's work.

Parents flock to the school for the solid instruction as well as the free after-school program from 2:20-5:20 pm. (However, roughly 150 families choose not to put their children in extended day, opting for private tutoring instead, Cadotte said.) The yearly plan states discipline is a bit bumpier in the after-school program, but the school makes every effort to provide a seamless change from the school time to after-school time, Cadotte said. The parent coordinator stays late to oversee the transition. Overall, parents are very happy with their children's experiences at PS 186, according to school surveys.

Teachers have identified a need for more translation services and support for the influx of new English speakers. There are a few paraprofessionals on staff who help parents with translation, and the school adopted two online programs to give kids extra practice with reading skills.

Enrollment is on the rise, which may require space-juggling in the future, such as giving up the science or music rooms for new classrooms.

The single pre-kindergarten is lovely but typically fills up with siblings of older PS 186 students. We saw children there play "family" in the dramatic play areawhere boys and girls were equally comfortable cuddling a toy baby and changing its diaper.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: Services include small, mixed-age "self-contained" classes, and team-teaching classes that incorporate children with disabilities into general education classes. Students with disabilities do better than average on state exams.

ADMISSIONS: Zoned, neighborhood school.(Lydie Raschka, May 2016)

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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?
82% 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 the 2021-22 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
84% 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

Who does this school serve?

From the 2022-23 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
90% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
40% Citywide Average

From the 2020 School Directories

This school offers Transitional Bilingual Education in Chinese.

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


Bensonhurst (District 20)
Trains: D Line to 79th St
Buses: B1, B4, B6, B8, B82


Bayan Cadotte
Parent Coordinator
Elaine Delaney

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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