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P.S. 204 Vince Lombardi

Grades: Pre-K, K-5
Staff Pick
8101 15 Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11228
Phone: 718-236-2906

Our Insights

What’s Special

Supportive parents and collegial staff

The Downside

Large classes

PS 204 houses a gifted program for kids from throughout the district and attracts many high achieving students, but struggling kids get equal attention. Celebrating diversity is in the school's mission statement. A program called "Family Living" helps children learn to have "respect for themselves and the people around them," according to the friendly school website, one of the only websites we have seen that is written and illustrated by children. Other highlights include the dance festival [see photo], science fair, glee club and a 5th-grade carnival.

A safe school with strong leadership and happy teachers, PS 204 has a growing Chinese population, Spanish speakers and children with hearing loss and other challenges. Classes are large but teachers manage to offer kids the help they need to perform well on state tests. The average daily attendance rate is above average and school surveys indicate the school is safe.

Reading is approached through a mix of structured phonics lessons and fun-to-read books. Families are invited to a literacy night in the spring, as well as a book fair, a spelling bee and a storytelling contest according to the website.

The school sponsors afterschool activities such as a drama club, homework help and test prep. The Brooklyn Chinese Association runs other programs.

Special education: In team-taught classes, general education students and those with special needs work side-by-side in one classroom. There is a small class for children with more serious special needs only.

Admissions: Kids are tested for the district's gifted program, called Delta, in the spring. (Lydie Raschka, DOE data, April 2014)

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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

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 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

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

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 79th St
Buses: B1, B4, B64, B8


Roseann Sainato
Parent Coordinator
Michele Wei

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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