PS 401 Christopher Avenue Community School

Grades: 3-K, Pre-K, K-5
51 Christopher Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11212
Phone: 718-495-5761

Our Insights

What’s Special

Signs of improvement in test scores and school culture

The Downside

Poor attendance makes instruction more difficult for teachers

PS 401 Christopher Avenue Community School opened in 2011 as a replacement school for PS 332, which was closed for poor performance.

PS 401 serves a needy population: more than half the children live in temporary housing, one of the highest rates of homelessness in the city, according to the Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness. It serves far more children with disabilities (24 percent) than the charter school (9 percent) in the same building, Leadership Prep Ocean Hill.

Perhaps not surprisingly, PS 401 has poor attendance: more than half the pupils missed more than a month of school in 2015-16, according to DOE data. Poor attendance means teachers have to decide whether to spend time helping absent kids catch up, or move on, despite possible gaps in their understanding of concepts. According to school surveys, teachers struggle to maintain discipline and order in classes. [photo from PS 401 Facebook page]

Deon Mitchell has been principal since 2012. Several years of school surveys show there has been friction between the administration and the teachers but the situation was improving on the 2016-2017 NYC School Survey. And while test scores are still well below the citywide average, they are inching up year by year and approaching the average in Brownsville.

The citys Quality Review also showed improvement in 2016-2017. The administration has been reaching out to families more, according to the yearly plan, by inviting them to coffee with the principal and hosting book fairs and holiday shows, and teachers are working together more.

PS 401 uses a highly structured reading program for struggling readers and the Go Math math program for all students.

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school. The PS 332 zone has become the PS 401 zone for elementary school. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, 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 2019-20 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
81% Citywide Average

From 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 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
80% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 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?
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
Activities: Children explore art, music, sand/water, dramatic play and more
Language: Teachers talk and listen to kids in a supportive way
Interaction: Teachers ask kids good questions and invite back-and-forth conversation

Who does this school serve?

From 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

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

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

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

From 2020 School Directories

How does this school serve special populations?

From 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 Atlantic Ave; A Line, C Line, J Line, Z Line to Broadway Junction
Buses: B12, B14, B25, B60, B7, B83, Q24, Q56


Deon Mitchell
Parent Coordinator
Marie Denise Jean

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the building with Leadership Prep Ocean Hill Uncommon Charter School
Metal detectors?

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