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P.S. 312 Bergen Beach

Grades: Pre-K, K-5
Staff Pick
7103 Avenue T
Brooklyn NY 11234
Phone: 718-763-4015

Our Insights

What’s Special

Diverse lively school, interesting student projects

The Downside

Far from nearest subway, not enough kindergarten seats for all the pre-k students

PS 312, a large school with a suburban feel in a remote corner of southeast Brooklyn, is a lively, sometimes noisy place where the students are interested in learning and having fun.

In recent years, PS 312 has seen an influx of children from Russia, Haiti, China, Pakistan and Korea. Children of different races and ethnic groups seem to mix easily and get along well. "Kids in the playground really, truly embrace one another, says Sungmin Yoo, who became principal in 2014. They care for one another."

PS 312 in Bergen Beach is close to Jamaica Bay and the Kings Plaza shopping mall. The Department of Education's environmental study center is next door. Classes visit the center often and, in some parts of PS 312, children can hear the sound of gobbling turkeys.

Yoo has encouraged the development of "project-based learning units", particularly in science and social studies, in which students collaborate to try to solve "real world" problems. Kindergartners interviewed people working in the school, researched what people in those positions did and then presented a slideshow on their findings.

School leaders think such lessons not only help teach basic skills, but also encourage children to think deeply, talk about issues with each other and plan how they will approach and solve problems. Plus, Yoo says, the children like it. "Learning should encompass fun," she says.

Throughout the school year, all children take music, art, dance, writing, technology and physical education classes from specialized teachers. Fifth-graders may participate in a range of clubs, and every spring brings a number of year-end activities. "We really try to make every kid who enters the door into a well-rounded person by the time they leave," says Assistant Principal Laura D'Onofrio, who has been at the school in various capacities for more than 25 years.

While the school has fairly strong test scores, what is most apparent to a visitor is the energy and enthusiasm of this very diverse group of children. A 3rd-grade class for high-performing students was loud as children discussed how various groups fared during the Civil War, but the sometimes boisterous conversation kept to the issue at hand. Opinions came hot and heavy before the teacher said they had to move on to another topic. "I really love the way you guys are challenging each other," she said.

Instead of a packaged curriculum, the school teaches English with a variety of regularas opposed to textbooks and articles. Students do not get lots of homework, but are expected to read books at home that they choose with guidance from their teachers and to keep records of what they read and when. They also are required to read at least six books over the summer. In math, teachers have been working to incorporate more problems that might occur in real life and that involve a number of steps.

The school does not have an official gifted and talented program but offers one enrichment class in all grades except pre-k and kindergarten. These classes, Yoo says, follow the same curriculum as others, but move at a somewhat faster pace.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: PS 312 offers a team-teaching class mixing students with disabilities and their general education peers at every grade level and also has some self-contained classes for students with disabilities.

ADMISSIONS: This is a zoned school. The Department of Education selects children who will fill the 54 pre-k slots. Not all of them can remain at PS 312 for kindergarten, though the school gives priority to siblings of current students. (Gail Robinson, May 2016)

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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 the 2020-21 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
86% Citywide Average

From the 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 the 2021-22 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
84% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From the New York State 2021 -22 Assessment Database

How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
42% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
43% Citywide Average

What is the Pre-K like?

From the NYC Program Assessment (CLASS and ECERS-R) Database through 2019-2020

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 the 2022-23 Demographic Snapshot

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

From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
90% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
40% Citywide Average

From the 2020 School Directories

How does this school serve special populations?

From the New York State 2021 -22 Assessment Database

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
21% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
18% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
17% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
14% Citywide Average

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Contact & Location


Bergen Beach (District 22)
Buses: B100, B3, B41, B47, BM1


Sungmin Yoo
Parent Coordinator
Cheryllee Granata

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?

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

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