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646 Fifth Avenue, Park Slope. 718-499-0957. Grades K--5.
What's special: Instruction in Greek language, history, and culture.
Downside: Small size limits enrichments and services.
In a city filled with new public schools testing an array of ways to educate and teach students, the Hellenic Classical Charter School is surely one of the most novel. The school, which emphasizes Greek language and culture, grew out of the Soterios Ellenas school, a longstanding Greek-Orthodox parochial school that now houses Hellenic Classical, too. Read the full review from Insideschools.org
511 Seventh Avenue, Park Slope. 718-965-1190. Grades K--5.
What's special: Inclusive, barrier-free school with good literacy program.
Downside: Focus on literacy may be taking away from needed emphasis on math.
Concetta Ritorto, principal of PS 10 at the time of Insideschools' last visit, retired in December. Laura Scott, assistant principal of the school for five years, was named interim acting principal. Before coming to PS 10 Scott was a special education supervisor in District 15. Read the full review from Insideschools.org
1301 8th Avenue, Park Slope. 718-330-9340. Grades K--5.
What's special: Excellent arts programs & parent involvement.
Downside: Building constraints: no gym or auditorium.
Located on a prime piece of real estate on elegant 8th Avenue in Park Slope, little PS 107 used to be considered a poor stepchild to its bigger, popular neighbor PS 321. But a change of leadership, burgeoning relationships with arts groups and a return to the school by neighborhood parents, have transformed PS 107... Read the full review from Insideschools.org
515 4th Avenue, Park Slope. 718-330-9320. Grades K--5.
What's special: Small class size, cozy feel, and good math and reading instruction.
Downside: Cramped cafeteria and gym.
"This school is a secret, it really is," says Karen Lane, a school librarian and former reading teacher, who has been a presence at PS 124 in Park Slope for 13 years... Read the full review from Insideschools.org
180 Sixth Avenue, Park Slope. 718-622-1626. Grades K--5.
What's special: Strong music and art, plus gifted program.
Downside: Atmosphere may be too strict for some.
PS 282 has a strong music and art program, a science room with animals, a room just for chess, a fabulous gym and physical education teacher, and a spacious, well-kept building with lots of room for children from outside the zone.... Read the full review from Insideschools.org
330 18th Street, Park Slope. 718-965-0390. Grades K--5.
What's special: Fantastic arts and dance curriculum.
Downside: Despite its recent facelift, old building still has some constraints: no real gym or play yard.
PS 295 has unusually strong programs in music and art and a super-involved group of parents. The nonprofit organization Arts Connection brings music, visual arts, and dance to the school and classroom teachers incorporate the arts into many lessons... Read the full review from Insideschools.org
180 7th Avenue, Park Slope. 718-499-2412. Grades K--5.
What's special: Ramped up attention to math has strengthened an already powerful academic curriculum.
Downside: Large, overcrowded school.
For decades, PS 321 has been regarded as one of the finest elementary schools in the city. Known for its strength in teaching reading and writing, the school is now making a push to fortify its math and science programs, elevating them to the same level as the literacy curriculum... Read the full review from Insideschools.org
512 Carroll Street, Park Slope. 718-624-5271. Grades K--5.
What's special: Classes mix special education and general education students.
Downside: School is housed somewhat awkwardly in two buildings.
The Children's School is a pioneer in "inclusion"; the practice of integrating disabled children in the same classrooms as pupils in general education... Read the full review from Insideschools.org
417 6th Avenue, Park Slope. 718-330-9310. Grades K--5.
What's special: Innovative administration, loads of enrichment opportunities.
Downside: Tiny classrooms, limited after school programs.
For many years, PS 39, a tiny elementary school in a red brick building in Park Slope, went largely unnoticed. With many neighborhood parents choosing to send their children to schools outside their zone... Read the full review from Insideschools.org