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P.S. K053

Grades: K-12
544 Seventh Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11215
Phone: 718-832-3563

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What’s Special

Mask making and sculpture inclusion art classes (IS 562 location)

The Downside

Little information available

PS 53 (K053) is a safe and orderly school where students agree that most students treat each other with respect and that bullying occurs infrequently, surveys report.

The school, which serves students ranging from age 4 to 21, is located in eight sites across Brooklyn. The school has both standardized and alternately assessed students and class size and ratio varies. The attendance rate for the 2015- 2016 school year was 87.5 percent, according to the Comprehensive Education Plan.

ThePS 53 at 125 Covert Street offers a unique inclusion program designed by Marquis Studios, in which general education students fromEvergreen Middle School for Urban Exploration, IS 562, take art classes inmask making and paper sculpture with students in the District 75 program. The classes are led by a teaching artist with experience in inclusion and are attended by teachers from both schools.[photo from Marquis Studios]

Additionally, the school has a pre-vocational program that allows students to gain work experience. According to the Comprehensive Education Plan, the schools program has partnerships with GAP, five Below, Burlington Coat Factory, and Modells Sporting Goods.

ADMISSIONS: Citywide. PS K053 is part of District 75, a network of 69 schools dedicated to New York Citys students with disabilities who require increased attention. District 75 provides educational, vocational, and behavioral support programs for students who are on the autism spectrum, have significant cognitive delays, are significantly emotionally challenged, have a sensory impairment or have multiple disabilities. (Katie Safter & Hugo Segal, 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 students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
90% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
18% 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?
78% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

Who does this school serve?

From 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Contact & Location


Sunset Park (District 15)
Trains: F Line, G Line to 15th St-Prospect Park; R Line to Prospect Ave
Buses: B61, B63, B67, B68, B69


Heather Leykam
Parent Coordinator
John Bella

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares a building with MS 88
Metal detectors?

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