School Details

P.S. 157 Benjamin Franklin

850 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205
(718) 622-9285
3

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 404 students 11 student/teacher

Test Scores by grade

11%
27%
31%
18%
31%
34%

New York State Assessments (NYSA)

In 2011-2012 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 results for English language arts and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles and the science results will be added when they are released in the Fall of 2013. 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • NYC Geog District #14 - Brooklyn average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

12%
25%
30%
17%
29%
36%

New York State Assessments (NYSA)

In 2011-2012 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 results for English language arts and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles and the science results will be added when they are released in the Fall of 2013. 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • NYC Geog District #14 - Brooklyn average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

9%
24%
30%
9%
23%
30%

New York State Assessments (NYSA)

In 2011-2012 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 results for English language arts and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles and the science results will be added when they are released in the Fall of 2013. 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • NYC Geog District #14 - Brooklyn average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

7%
20%
30%
7%
15%
31%

New York State Assessments (NYSA)

In 2011-2012 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 results for English language arts and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles and the science results will be added when they are released in the Fall of 2013. 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • NYC Geog District #14 - Brooklyn average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

14%
19%
31%
9%
18%
28%

New York State Assessments (NYSA)

In 2011-2012 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 results for English language arts and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles and the science results will be added when they are released in the Fall of 2013. 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • NYC Geog District #14 - Brooklyn average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

P.S. 157 Benjamin Franklin is a public elementary school in New York. The principal of P.S. 157 Benjamin Franklin is MS. MARIBEL HULLA and can be contacted at mtorres19@schools.nyc.gov. 404 students attend P.S. 157 Benjamin Franklin and are mostly Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 32% of the P.S. 157 Benjamin Franklin students are "limited in English proficiency." 90% of the 404 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at P.S. 157 Benjamin Franklin is 11:1. Achievement First Endeavor Charter School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • P.E. classes
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 83% 59%
White, non-Hispanic 2% 9%
Black, non-Hispanic 15% 29%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Multiracial 0% %
Asian 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 90% 75%
Limited English proficiency 32% 13%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    I truly shake my head to the Irate person that writes negative comments about a school that their child attends. I wonder how involve has this person been? Coming from another school some years ago where there were issues of concern. I find P.S.157 a safer learning enviroment for all children and the curriculm is being taught This school has an open door policy oppose to other places that keep parents out. Bashing administration and staff is not how one get results. (note) learning begans at home. Get involve.

  • (3 years ago)

    P.S.157 is a great school. I'm impressed with the school's great leadership shown by their principal and staff. They show much care for their students and their families. My child is doing very well in school and I know its because of the teachers involvment in his education. I feel confident about my childs education because I can easily approach the teachers with any concerns I have. I am very happy with the expansion of the school because my child will be there until the 8th grade. Congrats to P.S. 157.

  • (3 years ago)

    The parent coordinator is great but she needs work recruiting more English speaking parents. Those of you writing the negative comments should focus on supporting the school and making it better for our children. I love the school and all the great workshops the Parent Coordinator puts together. She gets great speakers to come in and teach us so we could help our kids at home.

  • (3 years ago)

    Being an employee of the NYC Dept. of Education for more than a decade. Working at PS 157 has been an awesome experience coming from another school a few years ago. The school exemplifies what a community school should be like students understand that we care and will encourage for success. Parents are well involved in their child's education and school activities. All employees work together for the better of the children.

  • (3 years ago)

    I feel Administration and the Parent Coordinator are on the same team working against our children and their families. They are looking out for themselves and their jobs. They take advantage of the immigrant population. The coordinator always has an excuses. The principal is always passing out excuses. PTA President and staff need to be more aware of their rights. Parents need to ask why my child is not learning. How come my child cannot do their homework to do basic math skills? The main population are Mexican immigrants their culture usually NOT ALWAYS finds it to be disrespectful to question "Authority Figures" like administration of a school. The parents I have spoken to are afraid to question them. I explained to them that state test show that our children are not learning. PARENTS SHOULD DEMAND ANSWERS.

  • (3 years ago)

    Please PLEASE do some research! Read the reviews written by the TEACHERS and staff on other sites to try and cover up! The mistakes they made trying to write positive reviews PROVE what a nightmare 157 is! "Assistance principal?! The position is ASSISTANT principal! Someone also wrote that this schools literacy coach is wonderful. They have NOT HAD a literacy coach in YEARS! Obviously those people who are satisfied with our childrens dwindling test scores and poor education are not aware of many things that do or do NOT exist in their own school! The school looks good from the surface but I know my child is not learning. She is way behind her friends who attend other schools. I can see for myself that this school has gone downhill under this principal's leadership. Just do the research. Talk to the staff. It's sad that so many people are fooled. If you are interested in school festivals and parties being fun then that's great. I am interested in my child's learning.

  • (3 years ago)

    I had visited P.S 157 during the mexican festival and I noticed all the unity between the parents and teachers. There was a lot of activities for the students. It really displays the unity between not only the school faculty but the parents as well as the community. I'm very impressed by the strong leadership and the commitment of the teachers!

  • (3 years ago)

    We LOVE the Literacy Coach!!!!!!! The Literacy Coach goes above and beyond the job's requirements! Ask anyone the students parents staff everyone respects and admires the Literacy Coach at P.S 157. Thank goodness the school has this gem! Sad but the school needs better leadership. This will be the last year my daughter will attend this school.

  • (3 years ago)

    P.S 157 is a great school. The teachers really care about their students and engage the parents in their child's education. I would feel safe knowing my child will attend this school because it is a safe and nurturing environment. I love how they reach out to help the community and show interest in improving the lives of the students and their community. To the person below who commented about the best literacy coach it isn't only one person that makes a school good. It is because of the strong leadership and commitment of the teachers and principal. The school has excellent leadership and I know with the involvement of not only one person..for ex a literacy coach..but the teachers principal and parents we would all be secure and confident in knowing that our children will go on to be educated intelligent individuals who will contribute to this society in a beneficial way. Lets all work together in keeping P.S 157 open for our children and our community! I look forward to enrolling my son there soon.

  • (3 years ago)

    Our school have excellent teachers and strong leadership. We work very hard for the good of our students.

  • (3 years ago)

    This is a great school I see the extraordinary efforts that teachers and the principal make to create learning environments for children's education. The principal and the assistance principal are very friendly all the students know them. Students are allowed to share their ideas or any project that they are doing. The principal and the assistance principal are available to support teachers to increase the effectiveness of their instruction.

  • (4 years ago)

    I wish I could select an half a star for Principal leadership rating. The school looks nice but our children are not learning academically.

  • (4 years ago)

    If you want to go to fashion show come to this school. If you want your child to learn how to read write and do math consider home schooling.

  • (4 years ago)

    Administration and PTA are very disrespectful towards parents. They talk down to us. They just "yes. we understand' us to death.

  • (5 years ago)

    This is a great school and it offers so many great programs. I surely rate this Public School a high 10.

  • (6 years ago)

    This school has made great progress. The leaders of the school have the best interest of the community in mind not just the school. They realize that the students can make even greater progress when the parents and community are also progressing. They have instructional programs for the parents as well as enrichment and intervention programs for the students. The parent coordinator vice principal and principal are always ready to listen to the needs and concerns of the students parents and community.

  • (9 years ago)

    The teachers are decent but the PTA leadership is no good.

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Overall score

(based on 19 ratings & reviews)

  • Teacher quality
  • Principal leadership
  • Parent involvement

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