P.S. 222 Katherine R. Snyder

Grades: K-5
Staff Pick Staff Pick for Special Ed
3301 Quentin Road
Brooklyn NY 11234
Phone: 718-998-4298

Our Insights

What’s Special

High-achieving neighborhood school with inclusive environment for special needs students

The Downside

Technology is being introduced slowly

A large school in quiet Marine Park, PS 222 serves its diverse population well. In a wheelchair accessible building, the school welcomes children with special needs and does a good job of tailoring programs for each child. Bright and orderly classrooms, a spacious playground and two separate gymsone outfitted with adaptive equipmentcreate a cheerful and inclusive environment where all students can thrive. The school also offers an enrichment class in each grade for high-achieving students.

Faculty and administrators are a tightknit and friendly group. On our December visit virtually every classroom was decorated with Christmas trees and menorahs and children were making holiday ornaments and gifts to take home. Some children were in native dress and some wore Santa hatsthere is no uniform or dress code at PS 222.

Each child is considered individually, say administrators. "We get everyone to perform at their greatest potential," said Theresa Olivieri, who was an assistant principal at the school before becoming principal in 2012. Group work and early intervention help struggling students stay on track. "As we note that a child needs a special modification, we add it."

There are as many as five or six adults in some classrooms. Para-professionals and school aides frequently function much like teachers and participate in professional development. "We all have different strengths," a special ed teacher said.

In most classrooms students are separated into small learning groups, each led by an adult who customizes lessons to their abilities. In a special education fifth-grade classroom, a few students were doing simple subtraction problems, another group was doing division and a third was learning how to use multiplication facts to help solve a division problem.

Basic skills are taught using textbooks and worksheets. There are regular quizzes and spelling homework. Multiplication tables are posted in building stairwells.

We saw a lot of innovative instruction and teacher collaboration. In an ASD Nest class, which included three autistic boys, two teachers practiced "reciprocal teaching," demonstrating to students how to work together and learn from one another. Standing in front of the class, they took turns asking and answering one another's questions about the exploration of North America.

Speaking to her co-teacher, one said, "Okay, so he was looking for a route to Asia and instead he ended up in Canada. Why did he do that? They didn't have the technology we havethere was no GPS."

The teachers began reciprocal teaching because they found it distracting to hold two separate groups in a classroom, they said. "It shows [students] our thinking and it gets them to think also," said Toni Ann Theodos who co-teaches with Lisa Jordan. "They start to emulate what we're doing. We want children to question themselves and each other." In addition, they assign different homework, depending on a students level.

Children who scored above the 90th percentile on the city's gifted and talented tests are placed in an "enrichment class." Those classes delve more deeply into subjects and proceed at an accelerated pace, administrators said. In a fourth-grade class, one student was reading "Moby Dick." In a third-grade enrichment class, students chose a country and wrote a book about it based on the question: Would you visit this country and why?

An art teacher comes to the school three times a week, and there is a full-time musicteacher and a part-time theater teacher. Students visit a computer lab and carts of laptop computers rotate through classrooms, but technology is still lacking. They are adding it slowly, the principal said.

Parents of PS 222 studentsmost of whom go on to the local middle school 278 Marine Park, or selective schools such as Scholars Academy and Mark Twain couldnt be happier. I worked my tushy off to get my son in this school, said one parent. Hes learning to read already and hes in kindergarten.

English Language Learners: Russian, Spanish, Urdu Arabic and Cantonese are among the languages spoken by students who get ESL instruction in groups of about 12.

Special education: There are four self-contained classes. Most have five or six teachers, including para-professionals, in the classroom. There are numerous inclusion classes with two teachers and ASD Nest classes in three grades. In those classes a small number of autistic children are taught in a general education setting. For part of the day they get social development classes and go to adaptive physical education classes.

Admission: PS 222 is a zoned school. (Pamela Wheaton, December 2012)

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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 2019-20 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
81% Citywide Average

From 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 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
80% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

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

Who does this school serve?

From 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

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

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

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

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

Contact & Location


Bergen Beach (District 22)
Buses: B100, B2, B31, B41, B44, B82, BM4, Q35


Theresa Olivieri
Parent Coordinator
Marychri Oneill

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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