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P.S. 207 Elizabeth G. Leary

Grades: Pre-K, K-8
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4011 Fillmore Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11234
Phone: 718-645-8667

Our Insights

What’s Special

Successful transition to middle school

The Downside

Large classes

A diverse school with large classes, PS 207 was formerly an elementary school but completed its growth to a full pre-kindergarten-8th-grade school in 2008. Mary Bosco has been principal since 1997. Marine Park is a solidly middle class neighborhood, mostly Italian and Irish American, which has attracted an increasing number of new immigrants over the years.

The expansion appears to have been successful, judging by the positive school surveys and test scores. Grades 2 through 8 are housed in a sturdy brick building adjacent to an asphalt yard with climbing equipment. Pre-kindergarten through 1st-grade children attend an early childhood center several blocks away.

PS 207 has long enjoyed good test scores, but a stated goal on the yearly plan is to boost math scores further by hosting Math Bees, administering weekly math quizzes and posting math facts around the school. Teachers are assisted by a math coach and have access to a Math Resource Center. 

Students explore music through song, history and musical instruments. The youngest ones sing and learn about composers; grades 5 through 8 participate in band and chorus, and 7th-graders learn to play piano. Third-graders work with dancers from the Brooklyn Ballet.

A variety of events and programs listed on the website aim to build community including Book Day, Patriotic Day, Flag Day, 25 Book Incentive, St. Jude's Math-A-Thon, book fair, newspaper, student council, City Harvest, Penny Harvest and the CHAMPS sports program.

A few downsides: On school surveys, teachers report they'd like more training in the use of technology and almost half of the students responded "rarely" when asked if they use computers during the day to complete assignments. On online blogs some parents grumble that older kids don't get outside often enough.

The school has district gifted and talented classes in 4th grade and up, and fast-track classes for high-achieving middle school students. Qualifying 8th-graders have the opportunity take living environment and algebra 1 Regents exams.

Students wear a uniform of navy, khaki or black bottoms, depending on their grade level, and light blue, navy, burgundy, red or cobalt blue tops.

Special education: There are ICT (integrated-co-teaching) classes on every grade level and mixed-age self-contained classes for kids with more serious needs. School data shows that children with special needs make good progress here compared to other schools across the city.

Admissions: Neighborhood school/district gifted and talented program. Middle school seats are only available to PS 207 5th-grade students. (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 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
86%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
85%
84% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
55%
51% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
91%
78% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
92%
78% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
0%
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?
93%
79% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
1.1

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?
56%
54% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
54%
50% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
46%
46% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
64%
51% Citywide Average

From 2018 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
James Madison High School, and Edward R. Murrow High School
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I,Living Environment

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
45%
32% 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 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
1082
Asian
16%
Black
32%
Hispanic
16%
White
33%
Other
3%
Free or reduced priced lunch
46%
Students with disabilities
18%
English language learners
4%
Pre-K seats
18

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
95%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
14%
23% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Uniforms required?
Yes

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?
15%
25% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
25%
22% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
18%
24% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
13%
16% Citywide Average


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

Contact & Location

Location

Bergen Beach (District 22)
Trains: N/A
Buses: B100, B2, B3, B41, B46, B46-SBS, B9, Q35

Contact

Principal
Neil Mcneill
Parent Coordinator
Donna Pimpinella

Other Details

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

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

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