I.S. 392

Grades 6-8
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What’s Special

School for gifted children in area with few strong schools

The Downside

Some students may balk at rules

Our Review

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)

 

 

About the students

Enrollment
294
Asian
4.4%
Black
76.5%
Hispanic
14.0%
White
1.4%
Other
3.7%
Free or reduced priced lunch
76%
Students with disabilities
15%
English language learners
0%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with PS 156
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
78%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
95%
93% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
14%
22% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
95%
78% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
47%
51% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
84%
83% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
43%
43% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
4.1
6.2 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
100%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
100%
89% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
100%
83% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
74%
72% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
100%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
95%
87% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Test scores

How many students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
46%
31% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
59%
36% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 5 dedicated spaces for Dance, Music, Theater, Visual arts, and Media arts
This school has 1 licensed art teacher in Music

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
79%
76% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
65%
61% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
79%
72% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I, Living Environment
How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
79%
27% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Edward R. Murrow HS, Benjamin Banneker Academy, and Brooklyn College Academy
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
Average math score for self-contained students
1.72
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for ICT students
1.92
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
1.84
2.0 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
2.18
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
86%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
72%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
94%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
89%
89% Citywide Average
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Location

104 Sutter Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11212
Brownsville (District 23)
Trains: 3 to Sutter Ave - Rutland Road
Buses: B12, B14, B15, B45, B47, B60, B7

Contact

Phone
718-498-2491
Principal
Ingrid Joseph
Parent Coordinator
Nerissa Conway

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