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Riverdale Avenue Community School PS 446

Grades: 3-K, Pre-K, K-5
76 Riverdale Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11212
Phone: 718-485-1679
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Our Insights

What’s Special

Strong, Bank Street-educated principal, children have same teacher for two years

The Downside

Rough neighborhood, low attendance

Founded in 2012 in a location with a history of failing schools, Riverdale Community School PS 446 enjoys strong leadership and a tight-knit community. Although we visited at the end of the year, teachers and students seemed fully engaged in activities and there was a strong sense of camaraderie within the building. Time will tell whether these strengths can help administrators raise low attendance rates and offset neighborhood volatility.

PS 446s principal, Meghan Dunn began her career as a Teach for America teacher at PS 335, a successful elementary school in Crown Heights where she discovered children do better if they stay with the same teacher for two years. At her new school, she has adopted that practice, called "looping." The schools instructional coach, Jacqueline Coley, says the practice is integral at PS 446, helping to build trust and strong relationships between children, their teachers and their peers.

Coley holds weekly one-to-one meetings with new teachers and conducts workshops and small group meetings to discuss instruction and curriculum with all teachers. At the time of our visit, the school had children enrolled in pre-k to 3rd grade and plans to continue growing one grade per year until it becomes k-5.

The school has many partnerships to keep students engaged and having fun. Students in pre-k and kindergarten participate in Studio in a School, wherein an artist comes to the school to engage the children in art activities such as drawing portraits once or twice per week. Students from pre-k to 3rd grade have dance, gym and science two to three times per week. Monthly RACS (Respect Awareness Collaboration and Success) awards are given to students who have displayed the schools core values. Second- and 3rd-graders are able to join chess club, art club, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, and all students have the opportunity to engage in the after school program.

In the morning the children also participate in Superstart and Playworks, which provide monitored fitness activities. Coley said the school values physical activity, and even on very cold school days the children are allowed to play in the outside parks. If it becomes unbearably cold, the children are allowed to come into one of the two indoor play spaces with a coach who organizes physical activity inside.

PS 446 has three pre-k classes that are currently fully enrolled, which is impressive for this district with very low pre-k enrollment. In a phone interview, Dunn attributed her success to word-of-mouth and talking directly to daycares in the area.

During her short time as principal, Dunn has faced her share of hurdles: In addition to low attendance, increased crime in the neighborhood has been a concern. With support from Partnership with Children, the school brings in extra social workers to create a climate where safety and responsibility are valued.

Dunn's efforts are supported by a strong, active group of parents who place flyers in the neighborhood about stopping violence, and have fought for increased police presence in the area.

Parents are very active, Dunn says. They also organized a grassroots movement to opt out of state testing due to growing concerns that test prep was taking the place of important extracurricular activities such as art and music. According to NY1, 48 out of 60 PS 446 students opted out of state testing in 2014. With no previous track record of test scores, however, parents aversion to testing may leave prospective families with few ways to measure the schools academics.

Special education: Integrated co-teaching (ICT) on every grade level, SETSS and counseling.

Admissions: District 23 choice but most children come from the Brownsville neighborhood. At the time of our visit, PS 446 had children enrolled in pre-k to 3rd grade. (Giselle Inoa, June 2014)

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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 2018-19 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
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
83% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
1% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2018-19 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 2018 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 this school's most recent Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS)

Instruction: Teachers ask kids to explain their reasoning when they solve problems

From this school's most recent Early Childhood Environmental Rating System (ECERS-R)

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 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

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

From 2018 School Directories

Pre-K seats
3-K seats

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018 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: 3 Line to Saratoga Ave
Buses: B15, B35, B47, B60, B7, B8


Meghan Dunn
Parent Coordinator
Christin Yancey

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the building with the Riverdale Avenue Middle School

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