P.S. 100 The Coney Island School

Grades: Pre-K, K-5
Staff Pick
2951 West 3 Street
Brooklyn NY 11224
Phone: 718-382-2760

Our Insights

What’s Special

High expectations and good support for children with special needs

The Downside

Some grumbling that test prep starts too early

Also known as the Magnet School of Media Arts and Communication, PS 100 sets high standards for students, including rigorous academics and organizational skills to prepare them for middle school. On school surveys, teachers overwhelmingly report that the school supports children's social and emotional growth, as well.

PS 100 is located in a predominantly Russian immigrant community, just a stone's throw from the elevated train tracks. Housed in an old, five-story building with cramped classrooms, the school has had to make clever use of the building's quirky features. Large bathroom lounges, like the kind found in old theaters, have been converted into offices and rooms for support services. The staff lounge is housed in a space once used as a custodian's apartment back when coal needed to be shoveled around the clock to heat the building.Nevertheless, the school is clean and cheerful. The hallways are painted in colorful hues and lined with bulletin boards for children's work.

Special classes include the typical gym, music, arts and dance, but there is also a dedicated science teacher and a full-time librarian. Katherine Maloney was appointed principal in August 2004. Parents are invited to eat breakfast with the principal and to attend workshops on parenting and academics.

The school has an informative website with individual class pages. First-graders keep behavior calendars and are asked to keep reading logs and read for at least 15 minutes per night. Fourth-grade assignments include questions like "Explain the effects of the Stamp Act," and "Should the government allow scientists to use airplanes to test tornadoes?"

Some parents grumble about test prep and pressure for the youngesta theme that crops up on online message boards and to some extent is conveyed through the ho hum School Survey Report. The website features assignments and homework from science and math textbooks for children as young as 1st grade. That said, there are reportedly some very strong teachers here according to the city's Quality Review, although the reviewer also noted that others pitch lessons too generally, missing opportunities for their highest and lowest achievers and catering more to the middle.

Special education: PS 370, which is part of District 75, the citywide district for children with severe disabilities, occupies space on the top floor of the building. Several children from PS 370 are mainstreamed into PS 100 classrooms. The school offers many supports for children with special needs, including SETSS (special education teacher support services), two occupational therapists, three speech therapists, a guidance counselor, a psychologist, a social worker, a family worker, plus self-contained and ICT (integrated-co-teaching) classes for all ages.

Admissions: Neighborhood school.(Lydie Raschka, web reports and school data, August 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?
86% Citywide Average

From the 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 the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
86% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From the 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?
50% 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 the 2021-22 Demographic Snapshot

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

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
92% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
26% Citywide Average

From the 2020 School Directories

How does this school serve special populations?

From the 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


Brighton Beach (District 21)
Trains: Q Line to Ocean Parkway; F Line to West 8th St - NY Aquarium; B Line to Brighton Beach
Buses: B1, B36, B4, B68


Chiara Spagnolo
Parent Coordinator
Luz Malave

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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