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Middle School High School

P.S. 215 Morris H. Weiss

Grades: Pre-K, K-5
Staff Pick
415 Avenue S
Brooklyn NY 11223
Phone: 718-339-2464
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Our Insights

What’s Special

Strong music and science programs

The Downside

Large class size in upper grades

PS 215 is a warm and inviting school with strong programs in science and music. Both children and teachers seem happy to be here, and there is low staff turnover.

The school’s century-old building is surrounded by suburban-looking, single family homes with manicured lawns in Gravesend. Inside, the school reflects all the diversity of New York City--a “melting pot” with children of different backgrounds learning together.

Principal Antonella Bove says it’s important for teachers not to feel isolated, and so she makes sure they have plenty of time to plan lessons together. The joint planning pays off:  Children get exposed to the same kinds of lessons whether they are in gifted classes (which draw children from across the district), general education classes, or team-taught classes that mix general education and special education pupils. There is a logical progression from one grade to the next, particularly in science—an area that many elementary schools all but ignore.

“Some schools look at…science as secondary but not here,” says Bove. “It really is a highlight of our curriculum.”

During our visit, 1st graders were studying animal diversity, 2nd graders volcanoes, 3rd graders taking an in-depth look at matter and 4th graders discovering how to measure types of matter. For 5th grade, a study of rocks had students molding their own sedimentary “rocks” (pressing together bits of sand or glitter and glue) in ice cube trays and then, with the help of architectural blue prints, using their homemade “rocks” and other household items to craft miniature stone monuments. They also translated the architectural blueprints to game design, creating virtual rooms with laptops for 3-d video games. Rocks even played central roles in fiction stories the kids wrote, some as long as 10 pages.

Another highlight is the school’s music program. The school has two full-time music teachers and, beginning in kindergarten, children learn to play instruments and read music. They may join the school orchestra, chorus or rock band in the higher grades.

Students said they have about 30 minutes to an hour of homework each night. While in-class work is very hands-on, often with material created by the teachers, math and science homework relies more textbooks, especially in the older grades. 

PS 215 shares space with a District 75 special education program. The building is old but hallways and rooms are tidy and brightly painted. One downside is large class size, about 30 in the upper grades.

Middle school: Most kids go to IS 228 David A. Boody, which Bove called PS 215’s sister school. Some go on to Mark Twain and Bay Academy. 

Special education: PS 215 offers a range of services for special needs children, including co-taught classes in each grade that mix general and special education students. The school also has self-contained special education classes and English as a Second Language services. The school is barrier-free and fully accessible by wheelchair. PS 215 has a social worker and school psychologist to deal with social and emotional needs of the students.

Admissions: Neighborhood school; district-wide gifted and talented program for District 21.  (Anna Schneider, October 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 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
98%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
93%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
93%
83% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
0%
1% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
86%
78% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
10.0

How do students perform academically?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
66%
51% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
64%
49% Citywide Average

What is the Pre-K like?

From this school's most recent Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS)

Instruction: Teachers ask kids to explain their reasoning when they solve problems

From this school's most recent Early Childhood Environmental Rating System (ECERS-R)

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 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
838
Asian
25%
Black
1%
Hispanic
26%
White
46%
Other
1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
69%
Students with disabilities
15%
English language learners
22%

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
94%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
21%
25% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Pre-K seats
54

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
32%
28% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
21%
23% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
29%
28% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
12%
17% Citywide Average


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

Contact & Location

Location

Gravesend (District 21)
Trains: F Line to Kings Highway
Buses: B3, B68, B82

Contact

Principal
Antonella Bove
Parent Coordinator
Rosa Sallustio

Other Details

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.

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

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