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P.S. 200 Benson School

Grades: Pre-K, K-5
Staff Pick
1940 Benson Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11214
Phone: 718-236-5466

Our Insights

What’s Special

Russian dual language program

The Downside


PS 200 is a large neighborhood school that, in addition to its regular classes, offers two smaller programs starting in kindergarten that each fill one class per grade: a Russian dual language program, and a K-5 gifted and talented program called Globe. 

Long-standing, popular Russian dual language: This program aims to teach children to listen, speak, read and write in two languages. Your child does not have to speak Russian to apply. Experts say dual language works best if each class is split evenly, in this case 50/50 English and Russian speakers, so children can learn from each other. Classes here tend to have more Russian speakers, but all are welcome to apply. From day one children are steeped in the new language. Lessons are taught in Russian half a day, and in English the other half. 

The gifted and talented program also has a daily Russian lesson: While most lessons are taught in English, children also study one period per day in the Russian language. They may write a poem on Mother’s Day, study a Russian composer or practice multiplication tables in Russian.

Nice music program with a variety of instruments: Children study recorder starting in 3rd grade. Students in grades 4 and 5 may participate in the school band. Select children (there is a try out) study violin starting in 1st grade. Students get to choose special classes on Fridays, for example, computer, art, robotics, theater or chorus. PS 200 has a full-size gym, an auditorium, and a library and media center. 

Class size is large: Most classes are at the city limit (25 in kindergarten; 32 in grades 1-5). Sometimes kids can feel lost in a large school so you may want to ask how children get individual attention if they need extra help.

Admissions: Zoned school. In recent years some kindergarten children zoned for PS 200 have been placed in another school nearby because of overcrowding.  These children are chosen first for 1st grade at PS 200 if spots open up. The dual language and G&T programs accept students who meet education department standards. The school has one pre-kindergarten with 18 seats that mostly fills with siblings of older children at the school. In recent years, the pre-K waitlist has had up to 200 children. (Lydie Raschka, interview and web reports, July 2022)




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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 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?
0% 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?
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

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

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

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 Russian.
This school offers Dual Language classes in Russian.

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 20th Ave
Buses: B1, B6, B64, B8, B82, X28, X38


Danielle Nola
Parent Coordinator
Lucy Lamothe

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.

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

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