The Gregory Jocko Jackson School of Sports, Art, and Technology (P.S./I.S. 284)
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Music, dance and Misty Copeland visits
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