P.S. 197 The Kings Highway Academy

Grades Pre-K, K-5
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What’s Special

Supportive, friendly, spacious learning environment

The Downside

Parents would like more extracurricular activities.

Our Review

PS 197 is a well-organized, calm and cheery school with a friendly and welcoming staff. Classrooms are large and bright and have well-stocked libraries and multiple seating areas, as well as plenty of toys and supplies in the younger grades. Hallways are neatly and creatively filled with student work displays and writing samples. Doors are brightly decorated. Rooms are furnished according to the individual style of each teacher. Even the gym is pleasantly decorated.

Students in the classrooms we visited, whether gifted and talented, general education or special education, were orderly but relaxed, cheerful and engaged, and teachers easily worked with individual groups while other groups worked independently. The school regularly assesses students so that teachers can tailor their instruction and stay on top of progress.

Rosemarie Barbiere Nicoletti has been the school’s principal since 2005, and she and Assistant Principal Anne Marie Corrado encourage open communication among staff. Teachers share lesson plans, resources and ideas, and collaborate on work and activities using Google Drive. Teachers at each grade level have at least one common prep period, and they are all encouraged to visit one another’s classrooms as well as other schools.

Many students at PS 197 speak Spanish, Russian or Uzbek. Although the school does not have a dedicated bilingual program, many of the teachers are bilingual, and the administration works to ensure that each student has at least one classmate with whom they can communicate in their native language. The school also has student ambassadors who help acclimate new students.

The building has dance, music, science, and art rooms, a library, two gyms, an auditorium, a cafeteria, several flexible spaces that are used to display art and academic projects, and a massive outdoor area that includes a play structure. The school just received a grant to build a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) lab on the top floor. A multitalented teacher works with students on a sustainability program called the Green Team, and the children have successfully implemented a school-wide recycling program. Additionally, the school's arts programs allow students to participate in performances both onstage and behind the scenes, and one of the school’s newest specialists is a dance teacher (primarily for the younger grades), who has "let the kids shine in a way that we wouldn't otherwise see," said Nicoletti. 

Parents have said they would like more extracurricular activities, and the school is responding by adding dance, drama and cooking classes, according to the school's yearly plan. The school's parent coordinator is also working to increase parent engagement by sending out more email letters, the yearly plan says.

Each class goes on at least one field trip per month throughout the city, and the school does several grade-specific and school-wide activities each year, such as a carnival, a social studies fair and field day.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school is flexible about student placement and monitors individual progress so that students can transition between classrooms as they develop.

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school with a district-wide gifted program. (Katherine Esterman, December 2017)

About the students

Enrollment
640
Pre-K seats
72
Asian
10.8%
Black
11.9%
Hispanic
15.0%
White
60.2%
Other
2.2%
Free or reduced priced lunch
100%
Students with disabilities
18%
English language learners
24%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
109%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
94%
93% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
18%
23% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
98%
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
12.0
7.0 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
96%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
100%
90% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
98%
82% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
77%
77% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
95%
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?
96%
89% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
63%
65% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
86%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
79%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents say their child's teacher helped their child adjust to Pre-K?
90%
98% Citywide Average
How many parents say this Pre-K program helped them consider which elementary schools would meet their childrens' needs?
72%
92% Citywide Average
How many Pre-K parents say their child's teacher gave helpful ideas for how to support their child's learning?
94%
97% 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?
54%
43% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
40%
41% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 3 dedicated spaces for Dance, Music, 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?
18%
9% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
42%
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 self-contained students
2.04
2.0 Citywide Average
Average math score for ICT students
2.2
2.4 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
1.89
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
2.09
2.2 Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
93%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
90%
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

1599 East 22 Street
Brooklyn NY 11210
Midwood (District 22)
Trains: B, Q to Kings Highway
Buses: B100, B2, B31, B44, B49, B82, B9, BM3, BM4

Contact

Phone
718-377-7890
Principal
Rosemarie Nicoletti
Parent Coordinator
Renata Mezhibovsky

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

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