Advertisement
Advertisement

GreatSchools Rating

Ps 255 Barbara Reing School

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 833 students

 

Be sure to visit

Take along one of
our checklists:

 
Last modified
Community Rating

3 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 2 ratings
2013:
Based on 2 ratings
2012:
No new ratings
2011:
Based on 3 ratings

Teacher quality

Principal leadership

Parent involvement

Rate this school

Click on stars to rate
Please select a star rating for this school.
    Helpful reviews answer questions:
  • What do you think others should know?
  • What do you like?
  • How could your school improve?
    Review Guidelines
    GreatSchools won’t post reviews that contain:
  • Inappropriate language
  • Allegations of criminal conduct
  • Names of students, teachers or staff
1200 characters remaining
Please read and accept our Terms of Use to join GreatSchools.
Please indicate your relationship to the school.
Registration is required to post your anonymous review
We will not display your name, photo or email address with your review.
OR
Your email address will never be published or shared.
Indicates a required field

18 reviews of this school


Sort by:
Show reviews by:
Posted February 5, 2014

Beautiful school..... I miss this place.. My second home I recommend this school. It has special education, people who can't speak English, and a class for people who exceed there standards. The teachers are good. I grew up in this school. It's a nice environment to grow up in. It has gotten A for many years. It has really good trips too. I learned a lot.


Posted February 2, 2014

I transferred here in 4th grade in the fall of 2003. Compared to my hellish previous school, this place was amazing. All teachers were respectful and strived to motivate students to do their best. I was bullied a little since I was an immigrant who didn't know the language well, but it never came close to the negative experiences of the former school. Also, looking back, I love that they required parents to have a meeting with a teacher when distributing report cards, regardless of how well the student did. I really missed that growing up. Since I was a straight A student, my parents never felt the need to come to PTC later in life.


Posted September 26, 2013

Both of my kids in this school. many wonderful teachers, great traditions, pleasant environment. My children love their school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

We're new to the NYC school system but I have been impressed with how much my son's been learning here. The teacher he had last year was terrific and generally all the staff were very kind and concerned about his well being. A few things: 1. It is really hard to communicate with the folks at the school. I suspect this has to do with their being short staffed. 2. Recess only every other day for reasons that have to do with "security" but I haven't been able to get a good explanation (see #1). If it's lack of space...you can't do much. If it's lack of enough staff to supervise, it seems that some sort of parent volunteer effort could be coordinated through the PTA. 3. The PTA for some reason only meets in the mornings when us working folks can't make it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2011

Ps. 255 was a saving grace for my son. The school treats ALL of their students, including those with IEPs, with respect and attention to their needs. Thanks to them he has flourished, and I will be heartsick in June when he graduates! The principal and staff are wonderful, and they have an active Parents Association which involves all parents (if the parents are willing to be involved).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2011

I am a graduate of this school, and I enjoyed my time being there. The majority of the teachers are nice, understanding, and willing to help a child out as much as possible. Being in this school helped me get to being in the CIG program in Cunningham, and the Biomed program in James Madison High School with a 95 average.


Posted January 27, 2011

p.s 255 is the best school in brooklyn. my brother and sisters went to p.s 255 now they in one of the best high school in brooklyn.


Posted February 17, 2010

If I could give this school negative stars, I would. My daughter attended kindergarten at this school and it was the most traumatic experience of her, and my, life. This school is large with a large immigrant population, which is great in terms of diversity, but no so great in terms of a unified parent body as many parents (and children) don't speak English. My daughter was scared there, and had some scary, disturbing experiences. When brought to the attention of the school, I was told to ignore her. Parents are not allowed in the school, and I was kicked out more than once. I was reprimanded by trying to talk to my daughter's teachers. Other parents felt that the school was uncommunicative and intimidating as well. Teachers openly yell at students, the administration rewards this type of teaching, and there is no room to question them. Be very wary!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2007

Im a graduate of '05 and i have to say the school is very good. I enjoyed my senior year because we had the lovely Mrs.Silber to help with the school shows. PS255 has a bunch of great teachers and staff. Best security guard ever, was Dorthy. I have no complaints about the school except that now the kids have become quite a bit more snobby and well.. if you compare.. short. Lovely elementury school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 2, 2007

I'm a parent of a student at this school althought most of the teachers are very good there are a few that still need experience because they are young or new. The administration for the most part is helpful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2007

The principal at this school is very poor at commuticating with parents. Most of the teachers here are good but the ones that stand out are Mrs. O'Grady for 1st grade and Mrs. Feldman for Pre-k. they go above and beyond for the children. The rest of the administration is pretty good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2007

We were very lucky to be in Ms. Bernstein k-121 class.Ms Bernstein is a remarkable teacher that possesses great love for her students and her work.She is avery knowledgeable and talented educator. Ms Bernstein is a great pride to P.S.255.Thank you for everything.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2006

great school especialy eagle program
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2006

Staff morale is at an all-time low in this school. Everyone is so tense, the children are the ones who suffer because everyone is on edge. All who enter here better keep their opinions to themselves, the walls in this school have ears and they run straight to the office to report what they overhear. The principal and assistant principals are only concerned with the scores the kids recieve on their city and state wide tests and not with the manner in which the kids are taught. I'd rather have my child go to a school where the staff is happy in their work and do a great job than one that might get good scores but the enviroment is one that is very unhappy.
—Submitted by a staff


Posted October 24, 2004

Yes, the school may have some draw backs but, over all it is a good school. I can agree with other parents that the office help need extra improvement or a clean sweep. The safety officers are terrfic. I applaud them! I can assure you that the children here are safe. Principal she means well but, at times you may wonder? Is she for real or is she in character? PA they do make an effort to involve everyone in there events. They are always asking for volunteers for special events for the children. Some parents and guardians need to make an effort to get involved and stop flapping there lips on things that are so not true. Teachers are warm hearted and approachable. The only negative point is the appearence of the school. The front garden needs work, trash picked up! How about some garbage bins outside?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2004

The school is excellent, but as you know the school is just a building. I throught the no child left behind was known to all school employees. This school had no idea of the program, and told me if my child was left behind maybe she needs to stay behind. The principal was the same as the staff. I heard from a co-worker that the school was a good school and I guest it is, but my child or I will ever get the opportunity to find out. This school totally breached the NCLB Law.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2004

Scores overall are good. Teachers are competent. The safety agent is good. The 'office' is horrible. Upon entering the office you immediately feel unwelcome. The obnoxious secretaries look up, see you and then look away. The PA doesn't really try to recruit any new parents. And The Parent Coordinator is the former PA president. Some children act like bullies here and no one in the school cares. I am know this starts at home, but I really think the school should also teach the children to respect each other and make the kids feel safe. They have a good crossing guard but the parents drive near the entrance and ignore her commands. The gate is never locked so they get out of their cars and open the gate and drive thru. I saw a child almost get hit by a car and complained to the Principal but nothing was done.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2004

Teachers are wonderful people who work in the office are obnoxious and not helpful you can stand there and they pretend they do not see you. Safty wise good not easy to just walk in, but the childrens safty with other children horrible. Parent coor. positon is a joke, all political connections.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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.

124 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
45%

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
70%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

127 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
87%
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.

134 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
73%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

140 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

133 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.

131 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
62%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

140 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
89%
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 "A" 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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 1 58% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 23% 9%
Hispanic 1 14% 23%
Black 2 5% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 217%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 173%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 48%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.

Learn more about the NYC DOE survey »Close
Based on 478 responses

This school provides ... 1

A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

This score measures whether parents, students and teachers feel that the school creates a physically and emotionally secure environment in which everyone can focus on student learning.

Close
 
This school
8.8
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.2
 

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.

Close
 
This school
8.6
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.8
 

City average

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

This score measures how engaged parents, students and teachers feel they are in an active and vibrant partnership to promote student learning.

Close
 
This school
8.6
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.9
 

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.

Close
 
This school
8.6
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.0
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents41159%
Teachers6796%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

School basics

School Leader's name
  • MS. LINDA L. SINGER

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
School leaders can update this information here.

Upcoming Events

No upcoming events found for this school
Searching for school events...
Date
Title
  • {{date}}
    {{title}}
Export calendar
Outlook.com
Microsoft Outlook
iCal Format
Google Calendar
Print Calendar
Uploading, please wait...
POWERED BY
Tandem

Apply

 

TIP: Don't forget to ask about documents required for enrollment, such as your child's birth certificate, proof of address, or a record of immunizations.

 
Apply now
Notice an inaccuracy? Let us know!

1866 E 17th St
Brooklyn, NY 11229
Website: Click here
Phone: (718) 376-8494

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Compare this school
to nearby schools

Compare schools »

Compare

Add this school to compare

Nearby schools



Nefesh Academy
Brooklyn, NY


Nefesh Academy
Brooklyn, NY




ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT