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Ps 20 Clinton Hill

Public | PK-5 | 325 students

 

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Posted June 4, 2014

My school is the best ever.. Currently I'm in 4th grade and there are so many extracurricular stuff such as: Band, art, french, and music..... The gym is really big and the coaches are very nice. I love how the teachers have a parents as learning partners program......


Posted October 7, 2012

P.S. 20 is certainly among the most competitive elementary schools in district 13. The school has done an exceptional job at navigating through a tough transition period that was exacerbated by city wide budget cuts, and the principal (Mrs. Barbera) has managed to establish an environment that blends the open/creative approach that characterized her tenure as AP at P.S. 261 with the rigorous curriculum approach that once made P.S. 20 the talk of the playground... Not only that, but it's incredibly hard to find an elementary school in this district that is this intimate AND open to all students in the district. Definitely a stellar school with a lot going on and a lot for parents to keep an eye on...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2012

i love p.s 20 clinton hill they did wonders for my daughter they helped get her self esteem back
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2011

What's striking about PS 20 is how much is going on there. Everyday my 5-year old comes home excited about school, often talking about a new and unexpected experience -- whether it's an art project, a poetry book, a piano class, or a new French word. All this combined with engaged, experienced teachers dedicated to the students has made for a fulfilling year. In kindergarten, many of the kids in my son's class are already reading and doing basic math. There is also a solid and active PTA, with a lively, new principal (Lena Barbera) working to bring exciting programs to the school including a horticulture program called PS 20 farms, and a science partnership with Brooklyn College. This school impresses on many levels.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2010

My daughter is in PreK and we are delighted. She is learning piano and French, and every day is filled with art and other tactile learning centers. The class is wonderfully diverse and the parents are engaged. The PTA is incredibly committed and hard working. Ms. Barbera, the acting principal, has raised large sums for important projects like a new school yard and auditorium in a bleak economic environment. Mark my words: you will be hearing about PS 20 as the next "hot" school in the coming years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2010

My daughter gradauted from P.S. 20 and I was very pleased with the school. Teachers were always willing to work with parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2010

This is small community school; where most parent and child interact with one another. Currently we are struggling to stay open due to other global interest and powers that be that will like to take over the whole school. This school is in the historical district of fort greene brooklyn and a gem of 366 students whom attend these four walls they all call a second home with its well diverse community!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2010

P.S. 20 is a great, small neighborhood school that needs funding help! The PTA has pulled together to pay for an art teacher to insure that the kids get exposed to a wide variety of learning techniques.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

My daughter attends this school and it is in a beautiful neighborhood. I do think that their is great potential for this school to excel if they take the proper measures. Some of the things I have experienced was that the teachers do not allow the parents to participate (reading to the class or helping academically), the children are not properly disciplined because the behavor of the children is not good at all, and the teacher does not send the tests home to allow the parents to see their childs progress due to 'paper shortage' or 'parents not returning the tests'... From what I understand is that the principal is new this year so maybe next year the parents can be more informed academically and have more opportunities to volunteer in their childs learning. In addition, the weekly homework sheets need a 360 improvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2009

My granddaughter attends this school, and my daughter has had a trying school year with my granddaugher's new learned bad behavior. I have noticed her teacher's lack of interest and short patience with the concerns that we have. My granddaughter complains that she is ignored by her teacher when help is needed in the classroom. The guidance counselor acts more like a dean than offering academic or social guidance to students who shows a need for these services, and she is unprofessional in her role as such. Homework is not checked on a daily basis by the teacher which my granddaughter thinks she can skip doing it. The lunchroom is chaotic with children running all over the room while supposedly lunch staff sits and chat among themselves. Above all, the principal is provoking and retaliative, and he uses his power thru DOE resources against parents for his personal gains when challenged.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 22, 2008

I live in this neighborhood and can appreciate everyone involved at this school. My son is in the first grade and sometimes he can be a handfull, but the administration and staff always greet my family with a smile. Everyone knows him and addresses him by his first and last name. The Principal is doing a great job and the curriculum challenges the students to push themselves.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2007

My Daughter has only been a student since September 4, 2007. However, I am impressed by her teacher, the curriculum, mandatory uniforms and the excellent music program. The Parent Coordinator is informative and personable, as well as the Principal. The overall atmosphere feels condusive to learning. My husband and I have recently joined the PTA and we look forward to being extremely involved parents. Although I will admit there are some things I would like to see changed, such as the lack of a regular Language Arts program and computer access for Kindergarteners. I don't like the idea that you can not accompany your child to his or her classroom even five year olds. Too much running by older students in the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2007

Everyone who has a child in this school should run far, far away from it and take their child elsewhere!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2007

I think that the principal is a good principal he cares about the students and his staff. since he took over the school scores have gone up , and he works very close with the parents, he knowns all his students and parents, he works well with his pta ,staff. As a parent of a student that just graduate and parents of 4 students that went to ps20, I find it a excellent school, parents need to be involve with the school and also be involve with their child's teacher at all times. parent involement is very inportant, join the pta ,and volunteer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2007

My son attended the school from 1st grade and is graduating in June. I think the school did an excellent enough job. We as parents cannot leave everything up to the school, we have to put forward an effort and be concern about our children's education. Not leave it up to the school to do everything. I think if you show enough concern about your children's education and well being you as a parent would be involved in every aspect of the school. I also think that the school does not get the accolades it deserves.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2007

The four months that my child attended PS 20 in 2000 set a great foundation for him. The curriculum was very well organized and provided a great deal of structure that I wish his later schools offered. He learned to read and add single digits during those four months. We move often (military family) so I can tell you that there are many schools that receive accolades but do not deserve them. PS 20 deserves accolades but doesn't get them. This is an inner city school with a diverse student population. Look at the reality of what the children and teachers face limited resources and limited parental involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2006

My 8 yr old has now completed 2nd grade at PS 20, and will be transfered to another school. The teachers are friendly enough, but most are difficient in proper english speaking skills. Since attending PS 20, I am constantly correcting my daughter's grammar... and her classmates are no better! Also, my daughter is always on the offensive. A simple conversation or tale is told in the most aggressive manner that the classroom environment seems to exude. From school visits and trips I've noted that most teachers lack enthusiasm for the daily routine. Sure it's a job, but they make it seem tedious with sulky faces and irritable voices. It isn't all terrible though. The principal seems to want to make a difference and is sincerely trying to turn things around. But I think he'll have some trying times ahead. As a whole, the school suffers from lack of parent involvement, and extracirricular activities. And, there's no way in hell I'm admitting my 6 yr old into the 1st grade program. The environment will ruin her.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2004

No well maybe it is now but I used to attend that school from 1990-1997 and that was the best school that I attended, so what if the cafe is small and a little dirty, but the education is more important and from my experience, I learned a lot from this school. Just keep your children involved in the academics and activities P.S.20 has to offer. If I made it out of there 9 years ago, then your children can too. For example I am in college and it is all thanks to the eduaction of P.S.20 in Brooklyn. So you might want to rethink that over.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 28, 2004

This is the worst school in the whole world. The staff has no supervison over the childern at lunch and the cafe is so dirty. Drop off and dismissal is unorganized and there is no school programs for kids to participate in.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 32% in 2014.

49 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
20%

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
41%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

49 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
24%

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
45%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 33% in 2014.

55 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
22%

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
60%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

55 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
9%

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
57%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 30% in 2014.

45 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
54%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

45 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
45%

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
78%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

In 2009-2010, this school was given a grade of "C" for the elementary school level.

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Progress Report Grades measure the school's contribution to student learning in three areas: School Environment, Student Performance and Student Progress. Schools can receive additional credit for achieving exemplary performance progress among high-needs students. Progress Report Grades range from A to F.

Source: New York City Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 2 62% 19%
Hispanic 1 23% 23%
White 2 11% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 4% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 4%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 269%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 5%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 33%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 0%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Art room
Music
  • Band

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
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Category scores for each of the respondent groups are then combined to form overall category scores. Alongside the results for each school are the aggregated results across all NYC public schools, which are provided as a basis for comparisons.

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This school
8.3
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.0
 
Clear, useful communication about educational goalsWhat's this?

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This school
8.4
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

 
7.8
 
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This school
8.3
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
7.8
 
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This school
8.4
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents19369%
Teachers22100%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • MS. LENA BARBERA

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Library
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
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