P.S./M.S. 282 Park Slope
BROOKLYN NY 11217 Map
P.S./M.S. 282 Park Slope
Extended PK hours offered: Contact program about extended hours.
PS 282, with a dynamic principal and an active, multiracial Parent Teacher Organization, has long welcomed children from across Brooklyn. Now, it will have even more room for young children from outside its attendance zone: The Department of Education has decided to phase out the middle school grades, 6-8, and expand enrollment in PK-5 by more than 300 seats.
Rashan Hoke, named principal in 2014, is working to make the school more "child-centered" and less "teacher-centered." He'd like to see more time for children to explore their own interests and speak in class and less time spent listening to teachers. Teachers are invited to observe lessons at PS 154 and PS 321—two popular schools nearby—and receive training in the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. Pre-kindergarten teachers work with colleagues from the well-regarded Helen Owen Carey pre-school across the street.
"Our principal works closely with the principal of PS 321," said PTO president Andrew Marshall. One result of the collaboration: the quality and quantity of children's writing has improved. "My daughter is doing a lot more writing, and more in-depth writing," Marshall said.
PS 282 is in the heart of one of Brooklyn's toniest neighborhoods, but more than half of its students come from outside the zone. In recent years, parents who live in the zone—primarily white and upper middle class—have sent their children to PS 282 for early grades, but transferred them out by 2nd grade, opting for private schools or other public schools nearby. That's beginning to change with the arrival of Hoke, who is well-regarded by both parents and teachers, parents say.
Hoke, whose ancestry is Puerto Rican and South Asian, has helped bridge the divide between white and black parents and makes all parents feel valued, says Marshall, who is black. On our visit, a dozen parents of different races worked together in the PTO office on tasks such as fund-raising, writing a newsletter and updating the school website. The staff is diverse, as is the student body. "For my children integration is all they have ever known," said Lynn Almon, who is white.
The school has a gifted program open to children from across District 13. In practice, many of the children in the gifted program live in the school zone. However, because the school has so much space for out-of-zone children, the general education classes have children from as far away as Sheepshead Bay and Bay Ridge.
Some of the school’s longtime strengths include a champion chess team, a rugby team, a drama program, and a software engineering program that teaches computer coding to 3rd- through 5th-graders. On our visit, we saw some classes in which children were happily engaged in their work, and a few in which children seemed distracted. The gifted classes seemed to have the most challenging work and the most imaginative lessons. For example, children in a gifted kindergarten class had a Halloween assignment where they wrote about what they were afraid of. "I am afraid of a ghost," one wrote. "I am afraid of pumpkin seeds," wrote another. The tone of the school was pleasant throughout; we didn't hear any of the yelling by teachers that we had heard on previous visits. Hoke acknowledges the school is a work-in-progress and that it will take time to carry out his vision.
The middle school, launched in 2008, struggled to find its academic footing. The DOE decided to phase it out beginning in 2017. Because of quirks in zoning, children who are zoned for PS 282, part of District 13, are eligible to attend District 15 middle schools and many take advantage of that option.
SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school offers ICT (integrated co-teaching) classes.
ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school. District-wide gifted program. The school has long had room for children from outside the attendance zone. (Clara Hemphill, October 2016)
At a glance
Number of Students 892
Average Daily Attendance 92%
Safety & vibe
How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?64% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
ARE CLASSES BIG?
Number of students in an average kindergarten classNA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Number of students in an average fifth grade classNA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Number of students in an average middle school english classNA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE
DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?100% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many students are chronically absent?27% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of students in grades 3-8 who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam
Percent of students in grades 3-8 who scored 3 or 4 on the state ela exam
Percent of 4th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state science exam
Percent of 8th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state science exam
Does the school encourage family involvement?
How many parents say they were invited to an event at the school at least 3 times in the last school year?NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Do parents like the school?
How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Special ed & ELL
How well does this school serve students with disabilities?
This school offers self-contained classes.
Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:3% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
This school offers team teaching (ict).
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:9% 14% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:9% 8% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:15% 15% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:5% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many parents say students with disabilities are included in all activities?
How many teachers say students with special needs are educated in the least restrictive environment appropriate?
How many parents of students with ieps say this school offers a wide enough variety of services and activities for their children’s needs?