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

A bilingual gifted program for Russian-speaking children.

The Downside


PS 200 is a large school with a Russian dual language program and a gifted and talented program for Russian-speaking children, called Globe. In each grade there is a dual language class and a Russian gifted and talented class. Students learn to read and write in Russian. The city recognized the GLOBE program for its rigor and effectiveness, according to the Quality Review.

The school is quite large, and Principal Javier Muniz says his biggest challenge is over-crowding. The school boasts a full-size gym, a large auditorium, and a library and media center.

We strongly believe in the arts, said Muniz in a phone interview. We have a connection with Carnegie Hall and start children in 3rd grade with a recorder program, and they graduate into a band program in 4th and 5th grade. The school also has a specialized violin program students can try out for starting in 1st grade.

For high achieving students, the school offers specialized electives on Fridays. Students can choose from a variety of electives such as computer, art, robotics and opera.

More than 95 percent of parents feel welcome and say their students are safe, according to the Learning Environment Survey. However, there appears to be some friction between the principal and the staff. More than 50 percent of the teachers surveyed said the principal is ineffective and that they do not get the help they need with behavior problems.

Muniz said not all teachers responded to the survey and the complaints reflect a small number of teachers. We have no behavior problems. We have a strong behavior management team and guidance counselors, Muniz said in response. Muniz says the school is spearheading a behavior intervention program in the district, and sends teachers for teacher training over the summer.

Muniz became principal at PS 200 in 2008. He started his career as a paraprofessional, and worked as a teacher in PS 1 and PS 172. His first administrative job was as an assistant principal at P.S. 20 in Manhattan.

Special Education: The school has self-contained and ICT classes.

Admissions: Zoned school. The "Globe" gifted program accepts Russian-speaking students from across the zone first, and then the district if there are still spots. In the past few years the program has filled up quickly by zone applicants. There are meetings for prospective parents in the Spring and September. (Annaclaire Diianni-Miller, phone interview, 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 2019-20 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
81% Citywide Average

From 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 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
80% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 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?
49% 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 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

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

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

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

From 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 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
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
28% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
17% Citywide Average

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

Contact & Location


Bensonhurst (District 20)
Trains: D Line to 20th Ave
Buses: B1, B6, B64, B8, B82, X28, X38


Javier Muniz
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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