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The Gregory Jocko Jackson School of Sports, Art, and Technology (P.S./I.S. 284)

Grades: 3-K, Pre-K, K-5
213 Osborn Street
Brooklyn NY 11212
Phone: 718-495-7791

Our Insights

What’s Special

Music, dance and Misty Copeland visits

The Downside

Academic achievement has a ways to go

Children sing, dance and explore their Brownsville, Brooklyn neighborhood at PS 284, a pre-kindergarten through 8th grade school, also called the Gregory Jocko Jackson Schools of Sports, Art, and Technology. Test scores are well below average but inching up since the administration added five hours of instruction per week in math and literacy, in the form of book clubs, computer math and more.

While most children feel safe inside the school, about one-quarter of middle school children responding to surveys say they dont feel safe in the neighborhood outside the school. Attendance is below average and there is some grumbling about bullying in the middle school on the 2016 NYC School Survey.

However most students say the variety of programs and classes encourages them to develop talents outside of academics. Several social workers and social work interns work with students in individual and group counseling, according to the yearly plan.

PS 284 was picked to take part in the federally funded Turnaround Arts program, which boosts arts instruction in low-performing schools. As part of the program, PS 284 is paired with ballerina Misty Copeland, who visits during the school year as a mentor. Four students danced in the White House Talent Show in 2016 for First Lady Michelle Obama.

The school welcomes parents. They are invited to holiday celebrations, awards assemblies, arts performances and student-led conferences. They are invited to learn how to swim, like their children, in the schools swimming pool. Children take field trips around the city and in their neighborhood, such as to the local firehouse, the Brownsville Heritage House and the post office.

Brooklyn Community Services provides afterschool homework help and activities for K-5 students. Grades 4 -8 may study martial arts, basketball, dance, visual art and soccer, according to the schools yearly plan. A theater teacher and a music teacher work with classroom teachers to help them mix arts into academic work. The middle school produces a musicals, such as The Lion King. [photos from the school Facebook page]

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school for elementary. Middle school gives priority to continuing 5th graders, then to students and residents of District 23. We have plenty of space, said parent coordinator Janie Sanders on the phone the last week of August 2017. Were not turning anyone away. (Lydie Raschka, web reports and school data, August 2017)

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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?
73%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
90%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
86%
83% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2%
1% 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?
79%
80% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
7.2

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?
22%
51% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
25%
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

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
281
Asian
0%
Black
65%
Hispanic
34%
White
0%
Other
1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
95%
Students with disabilities
23%
English language learners
9%
Pre-K seats
17
3-K seats
25

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
90%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
39%
25% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Uniforms required?
No

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?
5%
28% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
7%
23% Citywide Average


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

Contact & Location

Location

Brownsville (District 23)
Trains: L Line to Sutter Ave; 3 Line to Rockaway Ave

Contact

Principal
Keva Pitts Girard
Parent Coordinator
Janie Sanders

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with Leadership Prep Brownsville Charter Middle School
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No

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