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Ps 249 The Caton

Public | PK-3 & ungraded | 793 students

 

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Posted September 3, 2013

This school has the most unorganized, rude, incompetent faculty. Their lacking communication skills make it hard to get anything accomplished.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2013

i was studying Early Childhood Education and did some field hours at this school, it is right by my house so my child could technically go there, I wold never send him there. its crowded, the teachers were uncaring (threatened to tell on a five year old boy for crying to his mom), lined the "pretty" girls up and the "smart " boys up in neat rows, and served frosted cake nearly every week followed with cream soda, the proceed to show disney movies on the screen. not to mention the multiple choice quizes for a kindergarten class, along side scripted curriculum! yuck
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2008

Ms. Duncan is a wonderful kindergartner teacher my daugther was in her class 2007and learn alot she love my Duncan alot thank Ms duncan for your help and preparing my daughter for 1st grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2008

I might say that the teachers apply themselves with the curriculm that they have to assist the children with the improvement of their test scores. My daughter graduated in 2005 and achiebe Level 4 in both her Math and English and was able to get that with the help of the teachers of PS 249. Continue doing a great job.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 13, 2007

I visited The Caton School as apart of my Early Field Experience and the visit was excellent. My visit there was a plesant one. I felt like home. There were no yelling, the setting is bright and student centered. It encourages cultural diversity and it's a great learning environment.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 29, 2006

The quality of academic programs is EXCELLENT! My son have always been interested in learning as most curious kindergartners do-His Teacher MS. Duncan have been excellent in her model approach to learning- As a concern parent the attend ALL parent teachers meeting. Almost every day my son comes home with a new technique he have learnt. She is 'knows' her students, she is respectful, kindhearted and compassionate -JUST THE TEACHER QUALITY THAT THE NEW YORK DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION NEEDS! Ms.Duncan of class k-109 should be recognized for her outstanding qualities and great teaching skills. Sign: Patent of Kindergartner Flatbush, Brooklyn NY
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2005

Overall, PS 249 has an excellent parent-teacher communication strategy where the children's academic performance is concerned. Parents are given various ways in which to get involve and work together with teachers in ensuring the success of the students. I have a daughter who has been a student of the school since 1st grade and who has been very successful in the reading program for two consecutive years. I am pleased with the quality work being given by the teachers especially Ms. Jones (Class 110) and Ms. Rodriquez (Class 301) and like the fact that, even off the school premises, the principal is able to recognize a student by name. Nice Touch, Ms Brown! Continued success and much appreciation to the staff of PS 249!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2005

I've found the staff at PS 249 to be a close knit kind of family. They continually invite parent participation. They strongly incourage reading and offer supplementary options for children that are having academic problems.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2004

Both of my children attended p.s. 249 and through out the years the school has improved. I personally never encountered any problems as far as saftey, quality of eduaction, and qualified teachers. The only thing that I would improve on is the quality of the foods that they serve the children for lunch. However i believe that this can be altered with more parental involvment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 22, 2003

As A parent I pay close attention to our daughter's progress and weakness at school. We stressed how important school is and how not so important cartoons isnt. I would like this school to make more progress for working parents I missed alot of meeting from parents asssocation commitee because 1. We dont get any mails about meeting and 2. Preparations are make for non working Parents and as working parent I personally think it unfair. Ms.Bochbot is very sweet teacher I am glad she taught my daughter she learned so much that will stay with her for a lifetime.
—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.

126 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

126 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
46%

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

This school was not given a Progress Report Grade by the NYC Department of Education for the 2009-2010 school year.

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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 47% 19%
Hispanic 1 46% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 4% 9%
White 2 3% 48%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 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 229%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 182%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 11%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 23%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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Based on 702 responses

This school provides ... 1

A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
8.9
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.1
 

City average

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

This score measures whether parents, students and teachers feel that the school provides information about the school's educational goals and offers appropriate feedback on each student's learning outcome.

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This school
9.0
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.2
 

City average

 
7.8
 
Strong parent, teacher and student engagementWhat's this?

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This school
8.9
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.3
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

This score measures how well parents, students and teachers feel that the school develops rigorous and meaningful academic goals that encourage students to do their best.

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This school
8.9
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.4
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents64793%
Teachers5598%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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  • MS. ELISA BROWN

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18 Marlborough Rd
Brooklyn, NY 11226
Phone: (718) 282-8828

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