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Ps 272 Curtis Estabrook

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 663 students

 

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Posted July 25, 2012

I find it very hard to understand that this school has teachers that "work hard" when i had to pull my son out of he top class in his grade to save him from being left back. his teacher (the top class) wanted to leave him back from the middle of the school year. I asked her. how come you cant call or email if there is a problem with my child, she said she don't have time. i pulled him out of her class so fast. had a meeting with the assistant principal and the guidance councilor and expressed that, that teachers response to me was not acceptable. now he's moving on to the next grad, but he will not be attending PS272, what a shame. it's right around the corner from my house.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2011

This school has the LOWEST Public School scores in the Brooklyn District. One of the lowest 10% ranked school scores in the entire NYC School systems. Reading: 1st Grade: 31.1 2nd Grade: 38.9 3rd Grade: 28.3 Math: 1st Grade: 32.4 2nd Grade: 30.4 3rd Grade: 23.2 There is absolutely no excuse for the Reading and Math scores to be this low. For the sake of the kids, Principal Keyes should be fired or reassigned immediately.


Posted September 18, 2010

My son graduated from Curtis Estabrook and he graduated with honors. I have been a constant supporters of the school . My daughter is now attending. This is her 2nd year and I must say Im disappointed. The teachers are absent at least 30% of the time. If the teachers are absent they put your child in different classrooms. This is frightening to a 2nd graders. This year the classroom have about 35 children in each class which to me is a outrage. How is teacher be able to give attention to 35 children? I don't think Ms Dakota Keyes has a handle of what has been going on these past couple of years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2010

Ms. Keyes wants everyone to think that this school is wonderful but as a parent and volunteer, I know better. I've seen what goes on. It's a whole smoke and mirror routine. The speech she made at Graduation was all about HER and what SHE did and how SHE changed the school. It's her teachers who work hard, it's her teachers who deserve the applause and the awards, not her. I am disappointed that the parents believe her act of light.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2009

My daughter has made a complete turnaround in her attitude about reading since attending 272. I am ecstatic! The positive reinforcement she receives from the teachers and staff there encourages her and makes my job alot easier at home. Thank you, Principal Keyes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2009

I was very hesitant about enrolling my son into PS 272. Last year, when he son enter kindergarten, the school had a new principa;, Mrs. Dakota Keyes. She is the reason the school has done a complete 180. It started with her passion for the kids and it trickled down to the teachers. Everyone at the school is very helpful and their #1 mission is for our kids to succedd.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2009

As I sit here and read the reviews of parents and teachers, I say to myself, 'You know, it's cool that someone can really write about something and have people like me view it. I am pretty sure that many people heard about the 'Once upon a Time', low- reputation the school had. I as a parent of a 5th grader and soon pre-schooler, have to say that I have seen P.S 272 elevate from nothing to something. In the past when I volunteered as a Learning Leader, I recall the school was out of wack. And yes, it may be true what other people may comment about the turmoil in 272 but I have to say that since Ms. Keyes have taken office as principal, P.S. 272 students, teachers, and parents have learned to believe that 'All is Possible'. I'm sure we will reach for another 'A'!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2009

As a learning Leader here at P.S 272 I Ms. Sharnette Morsby have had a great time, I love to see the children and staff excelle .As a parent with a child in Ms Susan Cohen Class I see change growth and a will that my son did not have the fact that he believes in himself is wonderful thank you Ms.Keyes for a great year.Your parent this one has your back
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2009

As a Parent, I have experience the importance and meaning of Partnership with my Child and his/her School. I listened to parents good and not so good experiences at P.S. 272. I have (3) kids Kristoph, Kyle and Keanu; one of which has graduated and has continued in great success! Great success, by the wealth that has been set upon by higher grounds. My 2nd Son Kyle has been doing really great and many thanks to his Teachers, Ms. O Brian & Ms. Molinari and again (us) Parents, working hand-in-hand with school support leadership teams. The strongest element is being part of the PTA, Parents if you really want/need to be heard, you would need to plant your feet into PTA Meetings. It has a huge impact on the result in which you stand. If you re serious about change, you need to work with your teachers, school leaders and your child/children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2009

I applaud the principal and the staff of P.S. 272; from the moment Ms. Dakota Keyes took the helm our students have gone from last to first on the list of priorities!!! Ms. Keyes has implemented many new and exciting programs that give new life to bright minds. The children actually look forward to school and EVERY morning Ms. Keyes and every single student and teacher sing a Yolanda Adams' song. Finally our kids have an administrator that is truly concerned for THEIR well-being and it shows in each and every one of their bright smiles...... Thank you Demetrius McClammy
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2009

Unfortunately, as a parent, I haven't had the same experience. In fact, the principal is only seen in the morning dancing in the auditorium with the students. After that as a parent, you are on your own. One of the assistant principals who has been there for a while is as helpful as she is allowed to be, other than that...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2009

I am really not happy with the effect that this school has on my son, to have a child with special needs in these public schools is not at all beneficial to the child, I feel that my sons teachers are more focused on his behavior than helping him with what he needs to further advance and catch up to his classmates. I really do like the Principle Ms. Keyes I feel she really tries hard to keep the school in order as I have never had any major problems. However, teachers needs better training on how to deal with kids with special needs and I also feel that the school should have a better support system for these kind of children. A parent should feel encouraged to send their child to school and have that reassurance that they will be taken cared of academically and psychologically which I don't feel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2009

My daughter has attended P.S.272 since 2005. She arrived as a kindergarden student hoping for an awesome learning experience with teachers and friends. As each year passes by there has been many tremendous improvements. The majority of the school staff has been very helpful throughout the years. I am greatful and truely appreciate each individual which we formed a great relationship as if new addition to my family. Mrs. Keyes and staff really care about all the children's education. The school is on the role to become extraordinary zone to success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2009

I have a daughter who been in P.S.272 for over three years now. she became attached to the teachers from last year and present .She loves her principal and the teachers. I also like the school and the teachers where I can come ask questions about my daughter work and her behavior. I think this is a great school and my daughter is getting a great education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2009

I have been involved with this school for a year now. The Principal, Dakota Keyes, is like a light in the world for these children. I've never seen a principal actually LOVE her kids, and believe in her staff the way Ms. Keyes does. Although the population of student would be considered 'high risk' I've never felt as comfortable on a campus and interacting with students as I have at PS 272. Not only are kids learning in the culture of this school, (as demonstrated in the change in rating from an 'F' school to an 'A' school) they love being there. The staff is excellent, not to say perfect, but everyone I have encountered has had a heart for these kids, and it's obvious, they're capturing these kids hearts. Thank you. I'll be here all week. Southern Hospitality
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2009

I have had children in PS 272 for six years. I have seen the very worst situation turn around in such a short time. I credit this improvement to Ms. Keyes leadership. Since she became principal the school has been transformed. My children talk about her all the time at home. Children always talk about their teachers but its rare that they always talk about experiences with the principal. Ms. Keyes is in the lobby everyday greeting the children and giving out hugs. The children love it. I have seen children run into school to her. Mine included. I feel so good leaving them in the morning when I see this happening. My children love school and they love Ms. Keyes. I am so glad she came to the rescue of PS 272
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2009

I am very happy with the improvements that Ms. Keyes has done in her short time as principal. I had a lot of concerns with the previous administration and I felt that there was lack of control. Now every time that I visit the school the students are in the classrooms doing their work. My son that is presently in the school had a great Kindergarten teacher, Ms. Holland and she was my older son s 5th grade teacher, she still calls and checks on his progress and calls him for his birthday. My son now has two wonderful teachers, Ms. Nelson and Ms. Orofino that I am very happy with and they show a lot of interest in his progress. My son is always talking about Ms. Keyes and the conversations that she has with him. Ms. Keyes takes the time to show interest in my son and all of the students in the school. I have been to the school on many occasions last year and I witnessed Ms. Keyes visiting all of the classrooms and the students were so happy to see her, they greeted her with hugs and huge smiles. I always feel respected by the administrations, the teachers and school safety. I currently work for the Department of Education and I visit schools throughout the 5 boroughs, so I can compare schools on all different aspects. The school is always very clean and seems to be well maintained. I say to Ms. Keyes and her staffs keep up the good work and I know the best is yet to come.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2009

I have been at PS272 for many years. I have seen such a tremendous difference in the environment of the school. This is because of our leader's vision. Ms. Keyes truly cares about every child and supports her teachers. She has an open door policy and is always there to lend a helping hand. Her wisdom and fortitude shine through in whatever she does. I feel lucky to be a part of her staff.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 11, 2009

I have been teaching at PS 272 for 8 years. Since Ms. Keyes has become our Principal, only positive things have happened. I was given every textbook, workbook and manipulative needed to teach my students. You have no idea how difficult it is to teach without the proper tools. Ms. Keyes made sure that each classroom had what they needed and that each students' needs were being addressed. Ms. Keyes truly cares about the students and their education. She inherited a building with policies that needed to be thrown away and reinvented with the best interest of the students in mind. She has done that. I am proud to be a teacher on her team.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 7, 2009

I believe that the positive transformation that I have seen over the past 3 years at P.S.272 are a result of the leadership of our principal. Ms. Keyes puts children first. She loves all of our children and lets them know that each and every morning. I am proud to be a part of Ms. Keyes vision for our family at P.S. 272. I love my job and look forward to helping all my students reach their fullest potential.
—Submitted by a teacher


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 31% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
6%

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
31%
Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
9%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
32%
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 2012-2013 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. 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 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
10%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
39%
Math

The state average for Math was 36% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
9%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
30%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
84%
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 2012-2013 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. 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 31% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
28%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
12%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
23%
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 2012-2013 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. 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

All Students6%
Female7%
Male5%
African American6%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged7%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities0%
General population9%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant6%

Math

All Students9%
Female7%
Male11%
African American11%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged10%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities10%
General population9%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant9%
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 2012-2013 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. 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.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

All Students10%
Female13%
Male9%
African American10%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged12%
Not economically disadvantaged0%
Students with disabilities3%
General population14%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant10%

Math

All Students9%
Female10%
Male9%
African American9%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged10%
Not economically disadvantaged7%
Students with disabilities3%
General population12%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant9%

Science

All Students82%
Female90%
Male78%
African American83%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities81%
General population83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant82%
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 2012-2013 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. 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.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

All Students19%
Female28%
Male10%
African American21%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged15%
Not economically disadvantaged28%
Students with disabilities10%
General population23%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English20%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant19%

Math

All Students12%
Female18%
Male6%
African American12%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged8%
Not economically disadvantaged21%
Students with disabilities3%
General population15%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English12%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant12%
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 2012-2013 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. 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.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

In 2009-2010, this school was given a grade of "C" 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
Black 1 81% 19%
Hispanic 2 14% 23%
White 1 2% 48%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 1% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 1% 9%
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 5%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 75%N/A43%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 2%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 43%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

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

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

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

Parents

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
7.8
 
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This school
7.9
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.8
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
7.8
 
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This school
8.0
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.8
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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Parents31560%
Teachers4078%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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Brooklyn, NY 11236
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