P.S. 748 Brooklyn School for Global Scholars

Grades K-5
Staff Pick

What’s Special

Strong Leadership, creative and engaging instruction

The Downside

No longer has room for pre-k

Our Review

PS 748, also called the Brooklyn School for Global Scholars, is a vibrant and well-run school with strong leadership and a friendly vibe. A zoned, neighborhood school, it serves a multicultural student body, including many English language learners, from within its zone.

From the time it opened in 2010, the school has been committed to project-based learning. What you will not see here are worksheets or test prep, said the founding principal, Ursula Annio, who gets high marks from teachers and parents based on their responses to annual school surveys. Teachers develop their curriculum in-house, injecting a lot of creativity into lessons while doing a nice job of addressing both learning fundamentals and doing more complex work. Math drills, phonics and grammar lessons help shore up basic skills, but what drives instruction here is the emphasis on hands-on, in-depth and inventive work.

A history lesson may be paired with writing and art assignments. When students study the history of New York State, they research early explorers of the region and then each composes an illustrated book as well as create a doll in the likeness of the researched explorer. In math, students develop computational accuracy by completing calculation-dense projects such as designing a dream home with room-by-room specifications or plotting out a 60-kilometer bike trip complete with stops for food and rest.

In classes, theres a nice balance between independent and collaborative work. Students select books from well-stocked classroom libraries to read and write on a range of topics; they critique each others writings and present their polished pieces to the class. Instead of answering questions from a textbook, 5th-graders we observed were creating their own study guides to help them prepare for an upcoming math test.

Beginning in 3rd grade, classes are departmentalizedessentially a modified middle school format. The idea is that students learn better when taught by a teacher who spends most or all of the day focusing on specific subjects. Students, including those in special education classes, have one teacher for English and social studies and another for math and science. Special needs students have the added assurance that theyre getting the same quality of instruction as their peers in other classes because they share the same teachers. Some of these students came to us non-verbal and now they can participate in Socratic Seminar, said Annio, referring to the practice where the teacher prompts a class-wide discussion with an open-ended question, and then students comment and challenge each others responses.

In addition to taking art, music, gym and technology, students participate in weekly enrichment activities that vary by grades but include offerings such as music (recorder or keyboard), LEGO Robotics, movement and games. Teachers plan regular field trips to museums and other cultural institutions and students in all grades join in on community service projects.

Parent involvement is good and the staff puts a lot of effort into communication with parents. Teachers send home weekly newsletters and have students compile goal booklets to share with their parents. The staff invites parents to weekly talks that cover a range of academic and parenting topics. For their part, parents raise funds to support arts instruction and other programs and volunteer to help out during the school day.

The Federation of Italian-Americans runs a free after-school program onsite that is open to students in grades 1 though 5.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school offers ICT classes in the lower grades. It plans to phase out self-contained classes in the upper grades and replace them with team-taught classes, Annio said.

ADMISSIONS: Originally open to children from all over District 20, PS 748 is now a zoned, neighborhood school. It is phasing out its G&T program and no longer offers pre-k. (Laura Zingmond, March 2016)

About the students

Enrollment
555
Asian
39.3%
Black
0.4%
Hispanic
24.9%
White
33.9%
Other
1.6%
Free or reduced priced lunch
69%
Students with disabilities
14%
English language learners
17%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
127%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
97%
94% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
7%
21% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
95%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
100%
88% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
6.0
6.6 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
95%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
98%
90% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
96%
82% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
44%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
98%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
98%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
98%
89% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
98%
65% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
91%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
90%
86% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Test scores

How many students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
80%
43% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
71%
42% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 3 dedicated spaces for Music, Theater, and Visual arts
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
12%
9% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
72%
46% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
Average math score for ICT students
2.22
2.0 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.84
1.9 Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
91%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
94%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
93%
89% Citywide Average
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Location

1664 Benson Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11214
Bensonhurst (District 20)
Trains: D to 18th Ave
Buses: B1, B64, B8

Contact

Phone
718-382-3130
Principal
Ursula Annio
Parent Coordinator
Donna Salerno

Zone for the 2017-2018 school year. Call school to confirm.