The Gregory Jocko Jackson School of Sports, Art, and Technology (P.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)

Read more

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 2020-21 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
86% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From the 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?
50% 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 the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

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

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
92% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
26% Citywide Average

From the 2020 School Directories

Uniforms required?

How does this school serve special populations?

From the 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


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


Keva Pitts Girard
Parent Coordinator
Kimberly Cason

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares a building with Leadership Prep Brownsville Charter Middle School
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?

You may also like …

Riverdale Avenue Community School PS 446

76 Riverdale Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11212

P.S. 770 New American Academy

60 East 94 Street
Brooklyn, NY 11212


  • Is this your school? Please post any news, updates, events, changes, or other information!
  • We welcome questions, open discussions, and disagreements but comments with personal attacks, rude language, or those with seemingly malicious intent will be deleted.
  • Very long comments, those that contain links, or repeat comments may be blocked by our spam filter.
  • Problems? email us at [email protected].
  • Users must comply with our Terms of Use.