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I.S. 392

Grades: 6-8
Staff Pick
104 Sutter Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11212
Phone: 718-498-2491

Our Insights

What’s Special

School for gifted children in area with few strong schools

The Downside

Some students may balk at rules

Located in bright award-winning building in Brownsville, IS 392 stands out with a demanding academic program for high-achieving students. The small, selective school offers an array of opportunities including interesting partnerships, rugby and frequent trips.

 Test scores are consistently high, and teachers give the school and longtime Principal Ingrid Joseph high marks. Many students take the integrated algebra and living environment Regents exams in 8th grade. The school offers a creative writing program and has launched a coding class for all 7th and 8th graders, according to its Comprehensive Educational Plan.

 Students take visual art through their three years at IS 392, with 6th graders also taking dance and 8th graders, theater. The arts focus goes beyond that, the school’s arts report for 2015-16 indicates, as students attend various arts performance both on and off campus.

The school has high attendance and virtually no suspensions. Rules are strict and the uniform policy is enforced. Some students grumble about the rules: On the survey, more than a third of students said they did not think discipline was applied fairly.

Although children come in with generally strong academic backgrounds, there is a range of abilities, and many students face challenges at home. A significant number live in temporary housing. "This is a haven for a lot of kids. It’s a place for them to forget their troubles," Joseph said.

IS 392 offers after school and Saturday classes for those who may be struggling. Successful role models from the community serve as mentors to at-risk males. There is also a weekly program to help girls with behavior and other issues.

 For years, IS 392 has fielded one of the few rugby teams in the city, and the co-ed squad has won a number of championships.

Admissions: Applicants must take an admission test. The school screens students using a variety of factors: an entrance exam, writing sample, interview, going to an open house or tour, and the student’s 4th grade academic record and tests scores as well as behavior. (Gail Robinson, May 2014, updated with web reports, October 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 2022-2023 NYC School Survey

How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
78% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
58% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
84% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
0% Citywide Average

From the 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
4% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2023 End-of-year Attendance and Chronic Absenteeism Report

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
79% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From the New York State 2022-2023 Assessment Database

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
46% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
51% Citywide Average

From 2023 End-of-year Attendance and Chronic Absenteeism Report

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
39% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From the 2022-23 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2023 End-of-year Attendance and Chronic Absenteeism Report

Average daily attendance
90% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
38% Citywide Average

From the 2020 School Directories

Uniforms required?

How does this school serve special populations?

From the New York State 2022-2023 Assessment Database

How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
15% Citywide Average

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Contact & Location


Brownsville (District 23)
Trains: 3 Line to Sutter Ave - Rutland Road
Buses: B12, B14, B15, B45, B47, B60, B65, B7


Joyelle Rance Fisher
Parent Coordinator
Felicia Alexander

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares a building with PS 156
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?

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