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Safe supportive environment, lots of outreach to parents
Not enough hands-on teaching
PS/IS 295 is a small, diverse PK-to-8 school in a new building with art, music and science rooms. [The photo on this page shows the school building which opened in 2007.]
Attendance is high and teachers give the school environment unusually high marks, with all teachers in a Department of Education (DOE) survey saying order and discipline is maintained and 95 percent saying most students pay attention when they are supposed to. Middle school students responding to the survey said the school was safe.
Standardized test scores are slightly above the citywide average. Eighth graders can take the algebra and living environment Regents exams. Although the school is small, it offers several middle school activities, including band and co-ed baseball.
The city's Quality Review praised the level of student work and participation and found that the school set high expectations for all students, including those with special needs. However it said that the school could do more to promote hands-on learning and discussions. In its annual plan, the school also indicated it need to improve some aspects of instruction and encourage teachers to try new things.
The school makes a concerted effort to communicate with families, a DOE report found. It regularly sends e-mails, text messages and newsletters to families and the principal meets weekly for coffee and tea with parents. Many parents participate in the school's popular career day.
SPECIAL EDUCATION: PS/IS 295 offers team teaching classes with a mix of special and general education students, as well as self-contained classes. Students with disabilities score substantially lower than the city average on the state math test, and the school has made increasing those scores a priority.
ADMISSIONS: Zoned elementary school. For middle school, priority goes to continuing 5th-graders but there is space for new students from elsewhere in District 29 as well. Students are screened for middle school admission based on their 4th grade standardized test scores and grades, behavior, attendance and a writing assessment. (Gail Robinson, Department of Education reports, November 2107)Read more