Award Year: 2013

PS 247 The New York City College Partnership Elementary School

7000 21st Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11204-5404

(718) 236-4205

Christopher Ogno, Principal at time of Nomination

NYC District 20

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To ensure students receive a rigorous, high quality, well-rounded education that will serve as a solid foundation for future success.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 39%
  • Hispanic: 14%
  • Asian: 46%
  • ELL: 23%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

Public School 247 is an urban high performing elementary school located in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. It is a school with 800 students in pre-kindergarten to grade 5. P.S. 247 is a Title I school with 69% of its students qualifying for free lunch. The schools population is ethnically diverse with 26 languages represented.

Our success has been built on a rigorous education aligned to the Common Core Standards and our school-wide initiative to reduce the number of students in all instructional settings. It is our belief that students learn best from the direct one to one or small group teacher interactions. Our goal has been to increase opportunities for direct small group instruction in every available setting. In the out of classroom intervention settings the school has Reading Recovery (1:1 student to teacher ratio), Leveled Literacy Intervention (1:3 teacher to student ratio), AIS math groups (1:6 teacher to student ratio) and AIS reading groups (1:6 teacher to student ratio). In mandated pullout services such as ELL or SETSS, we encourage a workshop model setting so students are met with in small groups for guided reading or strategy lessons. In the classroom, we utilize the workshop model and children are constantly being met with individually to confer or in small groups for strategy or guided reading lessons. AIS services push in or pull out to support small group work. Para-professionals in the classroom receive professional development on instruction and are responsible for supporting instruction for small groups of children within the classroom. We believe that this commitment to lowering the student to teacher ratio at every opportunity best supports our mantra, “the child’s needs come first”.