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Ps 236 Mill Basin

Public | PK-5 | 630 students

 

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Posted April 27, 2014

Well, the most I can say about PS 236 is this: now, as an adult, I can say that the education at PS 236 was an "uneven" experience for me. It wasn't the worst or the best school I've ever attended. I was there from 1979-1984 from 1-5th grades. Things I remember that were good: I LOVED my second grade teacher Helen Nussbaum, who was an AMAZING educator, and encouraged her class to be creative, especially in the Arts & Music. All my other teachers there were so-so. The school was focused on integrating computer learning into it's curriculum for 5th graders, which at the time in 1984 was pretty revolutionary. It was a better school than my JHS ended up being, but compared to the other PS schools in the neighborhood where I grew up, this was a better school. It was fairly far away from my neighborhood, but that was fine. I see that it stil continues to get fairly decent ratings, and ostensibly is still a fairly well run school. One last note: the principal of PS 236 when I attended was a man named Irving Rahinsky, he was a very nice and fair man, and a good principal. I remember him fondly, and so do my parents. All in all, a good school, but there are probably better.


Posted April 25, 2014

As a parent of this fabulous school, I feel that that the staff goes above and beyond their job to help my children succeed. The teachers have devoted countless hours planning exciting lessons and projects to challenge my children. This new and fresh administration truly work as a team. It is transparent that they care about all the children. Since the new principal arrived, my children come home daily and talk about how he has really gotten to know them through one on one conversations. No matter what the weather is, the principal is outside greeting and talking to the parents. The Parent Coordinator has helped me in numerous situations. She is very intelligent about the Common Core Standards in ELA and Math. My children go to school with a big smile this year and I know it is because of all the professional, kind and respectful people at P.S.236. This is the best elementary school around!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2014

This school is a complete disaster. The teachers manipulate parents to build cases against other children. The administration is clueless and not involved with the parents. This school treats children so unfairly and the principal is unable to control is mindless teachers. Forget the Parent Coordinator she is a waste! If I could give no stars I would! The school would benefit from a complete change in leadership and a deeper look into some of their teachers practices.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2013

The parent coordinator is very nice after you get to know her. Parents should try to be involved in the PA and get to know the school staff. Don't take anything personally. I felt intimated by the parent coordinator when my child started in Kindergarten. I got to know her and she is a nice hardworking women. If there is an issue talk to her privately about the concern and clear the air.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2013

As a parent of a kindergartner my greatest objective is to expose her to the best. I'm full of hope and positively enthusiastic about her education. I have researched and read countless articled about the first days of school and getting your child prepared. I'm disappointed to report how discouraging, disrespectful, degrading and unprofessional the parent coordinator was to me. I was completely ambushed and I feel it was racially motivated since I was singled out from all of the parents. I worried after my experience at this school what might my daughters daily experience be like. Is this school really prepared to meet the diverse needs of our children and their futures? Are they prepared to model a standard of excellence for our children? I am very concerned about the people who my child will spend 7 hours a day with, will they encompass the qualities & characteristics of people WE all can value? This school had a reputation years ago of always striving to do better but as for what I have seen just a story to be told of the old days! I'm definitely pursuing other alternatives and its going to be an independent school cause as far as I can tell this school is a negative.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2013

The administrative staff at this school is very unprofessional. the Parent Coordinator needs to attend classes on professional development. She is the most rudest person I have ever came in contact with at the DOE. Her negative attitude, unprofessional conduct and rudeness is the reason so many parents are looking into charter schools, parochial institutions and private schools for their children. I am happy to say that my child WILL NOT be attending this school. If the Parent Coordinators attitude reflects the remaining attitudes of the staff and teachers that my child will be in contact with on a daily basis, I want no parts of it. I urge all parents to visit this school before you enroll your child. The Parent Coordinator needs to GO!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2013

Looking forward to learning more about this school as my daughter is ready to enter Pre-K.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2012

For Pre-K you are not required to be zoned for this school; however they sent my husband away when we went to register, and recommended we go to another school which was the same zone as PS 236. I called the school years later and the first question the parent coordinator asked is is this your zone school , and before I could finish and inform her that I am moving, she rudely states this not your zoned school. I guess she knows every street in Brooklyn within their zone without be giving out the zip code. I m sure they are proud of their rating, however to be courteous shouldn t be such a challenge.


Posted February 13, 2012

The principal at this school is dealing with many challenges. Higher standards from the DOE and resistant parents that don't like change. Many of these parents feel the changes going on in the school are personal attacks from the Principal. They fail to realize she gets her orders from the DOE and that she must follow the rules or lose her job! These parents want to be so involved in THEIR childrens lives but they are resistant to the Academic changes going on. Why? Our children are our future we must have high expectations for them and stop fighting change. Work with your kids and stop working against the administration. I think some of these parents should try "homeschool" as many of them have a lot of time on their hands.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2011

It is very unfortunate what is going on in this school. In response to the person who thinks it is the parents running the school...by no means is that true. We are a wonderful community with caring teachers, parents and wonderful children who now have to deal with unsafe situations and a principal who lacks respect for the children, teachers and parents. The proof is in our school rating we went to a "C". Really?? How did the parents do that? It is certainly not the teachers, most of which have been at the school when we received an "A".Could it possibly be the removal of spelling and phonics? Is this the "agenda" you were referring to by the principal. Yes the scoring changed work with it. Something has to be done to bring this school and community back together.I don't think petitions can help -note the correct spelling of the word. Get involved!! Communication, respect, and a willingness to listen is what is truly needed to turn this situation around. These children have there whole lives in front of them and we are there advocate. I would rather be guilty of caring to much, trying to hard, and being to pushy for the children of this neighborhood then not caring at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2011

My daughter is a 1st grader at PS236 and im very satisfied with the school. The school has a new principal this year and she is amazing. Thumbs up to Ms McDonald and Mrs Rogers you are two great teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2010

Great teachers and facilities!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

My daughter is in 5th grade. She is very comfortable in her class.Teachers are very encouraging.I like the principal Ms.Barton.She is very caring and always working.Very safe environment.Special thanks to Ms.Labella, parent coordinator.She always answers calls to her phone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2009

This is my boys first semester in this school and so far it has proven to meet every expectation that I've had of it. The teachers are great and the Principal is like no other, she really gets involved with her school and doesn't just sit behind a desk. The school offers great academic challenges to the students and I am glad that my boys are there. M. Dopwell Hall
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2009

This school is excellent. I graduate in 2008 and miss it sooo much. The teachers are the best and all the kids are nice and there is never fights or anything. Not only is this school great for learning it is also very fun with many dancess and stuff like thar


Posted June 25, 2008

I have had my daughter in 222 now for a second year, she is so happy there.( Which is always such a pleasure for any parent) the teachers are excellent, they are very loving and caring and also at the same time on top of their students, when work is to be done and completed. I am extremely happy with the parent coordinator, who is always keeping up to date on all the activities and concerns about or with the school. Our principal staff is phenomenal, they keep the kids motivated and keep the school running very smoothly. The wonderful teachers and principal always make time for the parents our children. Thank you ps 222 for another excellent year! mrs. Jm
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2007

My kids attended this school and I must say the academic programs are excellent. We have a morning programs for the one who need extra help and we have a tutoring program done by volunteers, which is a very excellent program. We really could do a lot more in terms of extra curricular activities let's see what happens next school year. Parent involvement is tops. PA meetings are well attended and parents involvement is excellent. I could not have chosen a better school for my kids. Thanks to the excellent guidance of the Principal and the caring teaching staff that I came to know. Thanks a million. Continue the excellent work and Reach for the Stars.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2007

I love this school my daughter is attending this school and she is always scoring good grade even in the subjects that she problems with. The staff is really careing.And they have a lot of activities like odessy of the mind,chores,music appreciation and plenty more This school is just perfect!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2007

I think this school is great.My daughter is currently attending this school and will graduate this year.The staff members are great.The teachers really help the students. The grades there are also impressive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2006

My son attend PS 236 and will graduate this year. My youngest son will be going there in Sep. I love this school. Their scores are far beyong the expectation of the district and it shows. The teachers are extremely dedicated to the growth and education of our children.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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.

106 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

106 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
82%
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.

76 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

77 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%
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.

102 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
69%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

102 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
85%
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 "B" for the elementary school level.

About the tests


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
White 1 59% 48%
Black 1 27% 19%
Hispanic 2 7% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 6% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Two or more races 1 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 15%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 245%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 0%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 68%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
The NYC Department of Education asked parents, teachers and students about their school's learning environment. Results provide insight into school climate, such as whether the school is academically rigorous, safe, communicative and collaborative. Learn more

The information captured by the survey is designed to support a dialogue among all members of the school community about how to make the school a better place to learn. An overall category score is calculated for each respondent group (parents, teachers, or students) by averaging the scores of the questions within that survey category.

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
8.1
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.8
 

City average

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

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This school
7.1
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
5.7
 

City average

 
7.8
 
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This school
7.2
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.8
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.6
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

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This school
8.0
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.5
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents30967%
Teachers3793%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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