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P.S. 195 Manhattan Beach

Grades: Pre-K, K-5
Staff Pick
131 Irwin Street
Brooklyn NY 11235
Phone: 718-648-9102

Our Insights

What’s Special

High academic standards

The Downside

No dedicated music or art teachers

Housed in a charming building topped by a cupola in a well-to-do neighborhood overlooking Sheepshead Bay, PS 195 feels like a school in a small town. Test scores are consistently among the highest in the city, and class size is increasing along with the school's popularity.

The city's Quality Review rates the school "well developed," the highest rating a school can receive. The report stresses the extent to which this learning community values self-reflection and improvement, be it for teachers or students. Children receive on-going feedback about their work, and teachers receive four to six written forms of feedback, seen by administrators as critical as they shift to the goals in the Common Core State Standards.

A downside is the lack of a music or art teacher, although classroom teachers integrate art into all curriculum areas, according to the Annual Arts in Schools report. Third-graders may participate in an after-school program offering puppetry, photography and quilting. Fourth- and 5th-graders participate in Learning through an Expanded Arts Program (LEAP), which takes place during the day. In the LEAP program students create apps, games and inventions as they learn to solve problems. The budget summary shows the school has one dance teacher and one physical education teacher. Ballroom dance is listed on the school's website.

Parents are invited to monthly ceremonies that honor the child who becomes the Citizen of the Month, as well as workshops they choose by filling out aquestionnaire.

Principal Bernadette Toomey replaced longtime principal Arthur Forman in 2012, and successfully led the school through the disruption caused by Hurricane Sandy that year. Most teachers feel she is a good manager.

Special education: The population is small but those who do have special needs score average or above average compared with other schools.

Admissions: Neighborhood school. Admissions to gifted and talented classes are according to Department of Education guidelines. (Lydie Raschka, web reports and school data, September 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 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 2021 -22 Assessment Database

How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
42% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
43% 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 2021 -22 Assessment Database

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
21% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
18% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
17% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
14% Citywide Average

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

Contact & Location


Sheepshead Bay (District 22)
Buses: B1, B4, B44, B49, BM3


Bernadette Toomey
Parent Coordinator
Lori Casale

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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