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Middle School High School

P.S. 288 The Shirley Tanyhill

Grades: Pre-K, K-8
2950 West 25 Street
Brooklyn NY 11224
Phone: 718-382-2100

Our Insights

What’s Special

Sense of community.

The Downside

Some teachers struggle with classroom management.

JANUARY 2013 UPDATE: PS 288 was temporarily relocated to IS 228 at 228 Ave S in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. It moved back to its own building in January 2012.

OCTOBER 2004 REVIEW: PS/MS 288 has been designated by New York State as a "school in need of improvement," which means it has a history of low test scores. Fortunately, with the arrival of a new principal, Joelene-Lynette Kinard, in 2004 there is the promise of hope. Some students say she is a pleasant person as well as a frequent presence in hallways.

Kinard is not the only person who wants to turn the school around, either. Two fulltime coaches for literacy and math help teachers understand and use the progressive curriculum that the city has required in most of its schools since 2003. In addition, the parent coordinator encourages parents to "bridge the gap between home and school" by reading with their children early to find out if they have any academic difficulties. She also urges them to apply math when the kids help out with household chores, so that buying groceries can, for example, become a lesson about prices or cooking can turn into a lesson about measurements.

There is a sense of community at PS/MS 288 that sometimes makes this school of roughly 750 feel smaller than it is. The parent association hand-makes whatever it can for school events and provides medical supplies and even holiday treats for children. The family worker who oversees the pre-kindergarten program carefully interviews and assesses all applicants before they attend (and if there are more children than seats available, she accepts the ones who have the lowest scores or who need the most support). Older students look out for younger ones, in part because many have siblings in the school. On our visit, a kindergartner and her buddy, both in tidy uniforms, ran up to hug her sister, an 8th grader who was one of our tour guides. In the elementary school science class, two middle school students volunteered to help out, as their younger siblings enthusiastically weighed objects on scales and busily jotted down notes.

A few classrooms we visited pulsed with the scholarly energy produced by skilled teachers and engaged students. The teacher of the science class mentioned above bounced from one buzzing group to another to help students, one of whom ranked science as his favorite class after gym. We were also impressed by an English class where 7th graders first followed along carefully in their books as their teacher read aloud from Of Mice and Men, then participated eagerly in the class discussion that followed. A librarian discussed books in a softly lit library with music playing in the background.

Unfortunately, many classes we saw were hampered by uninspiring lessons and teachers frustrated with a few distracted children who would not focus on their work. In one case, the teacher had to ask a disruptive student to leave the class. Another teacher mentioned to us that student discipline and behavior could be improved.

The school offers two, full-day pre-kindergarten classes and a Spanish bilingual kindergarten class. Children take computer classes in a nicely outfitted lab and can participate in putting on a school play. Past productions include Annie, West Side Story, and The Sound of Music.

After school: The Beacon program, administered by the city, and the Jewish Community Council host the program. Supplemental education services or tutoring - available for children attending a School in Need of Improvement - are on-site. (Catherine Man, October 2004)

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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?
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
84% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
51% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
78% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
78% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
79% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

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?
54% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
50% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
46% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
51% Citywide Average

From 2018 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
New Utrecht High School

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
32% 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

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
23% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Uniforms required?
Pre-K seats

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?
25% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
22% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
24% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
16% Citywide Average

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

Contact & Location


Coney Island (District 21)
Trains: N/A
Buses: B36, B74, B82, X28, X38


Qadir Dixon
Parent Coordinator
Latoya Nunn

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?

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


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