P.S. 236 Mill Basin

Grades: Pre-K, K-5
Staff Pick
6302 Avenue U
Brooklyn NY 11234
Phone: 718-444-6969

Our Insights

What’s Special

Spacious outdoor play area, high academic standards for all

The Downside

No music

PS 236 is a well-run, well-equipped school in a neighborhood with one- and two-family homes and manicured lawns. The school has an inviting library with big windows that overlook a reburished playground.

The school sets high academic standards, and test scores are above the citywide average. Statistics also show that children with special needs perform average or above on state tests. For a few years this well-regarded school seemed to falter under a principal that never fully gained the community's trust and received low marks on school surveys, but under new leadership things seem to have stablized.

Salil Paingankar became principal in November of the 2013-2014 school year, earning high marks on the Learning Environment Survey that yearwith 100 percent of teachers reporting he is a good manager.

A downside: There is no music teacher, but kids in the lower grades learn how to dance. The school website has pictures of science projects and other activities.

The outdoor play yard is spacious and clean with a bold track outline and an interesting climbing structure that looks like a giant spider web.

Special education: The school offers ICT (integrated co-teaching) classes for student with special needs.

Admissions: Neighborhood school. Students test into the district gifted and talented program housed at the school. (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 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

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 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners
Pre-K seats

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

From 2020 School Directories

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

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, B3, B41, B47, BM1


Salil Paingankar
Parent Coordinator
Antoinet La Bella

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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