P.S. 255 Barbara Reing School
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Excellent resources; positive, safe atmosphere
Parent involvement is lacking, according to annual school survey
PS 255 is a traditional, neighborhood school in Sheepshead Bay. Over 37 languages are represented in the student population. Many students are third-generation attendees, new immigrants are welcomed, and resources ranging from a dentist to computer labs are available for children. Academics are solid and the school is safe and welcoming. Parents recommend the school, but attendance at school meetings is below average for the city, according to the school survey.
Names of students with perfect attendance gleam through a glass case, and recipients of student-of-the-month awards are honored in a ceremony wearing a silky blue sash. The school encourages parents to participate both as volunteers and as guests at family nights, when the school sponsors games and educational activities.
The website lists many arts activities and outings. Children visit the Guggenheim Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of the American Indian, and many more. Kindergarten through 2nd-grade students visit art studios in the art department at Kingsborough Community College to see first-hand where an artist works. They also keep art journals. Parents are invited to special craft nights and art workshops tied to literacy. Children may participate in chorus, theater or dance; some have won prizes in dance competitions. Two full-time music teachers offer instruction in piano, flute, violin, clarinet or recorder.
PS 255 offers one full-day and two half-day pre-k classrooms, plus one that serves general and special education children together in one room. Children who qualify for this program may be either 3 or 4 years of age (these are the only 3-year-olds who may be served in a Universal Pre-Kindergarten program). This special class is called UPK Plus.
Principal Kelly McCann was previously a teacher and literacy and math coach. She became principal in 2013.
Special education: Some children receive help in a regular classroom. Others are assigned to an integrated co-teaching (ICT) class, in which two teachers, one of whom is certified in special education, work as a team with a mix of children in general education and those with special needs. Self-contained classes serve children with more serious disabilities. This school also hosts an ASD Nest Program for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Students with ASDs learn in a classroom alongside typically developing children, taught by two teachers who have been trained in the program's specialized curriculum. Physical education classes are adapted for children with special needs.
Admissions: Neighborhood school.(Lydie Raschka, web reports and school data, August 2014)Read more