School Details

Ps 185 Walter Kassenbrock

8601 Ridge Blvd, Brooklyn, NY 11209
(718) 745-6610
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 788 students 17 students/teacher (NY avg is 13)

Test Scores by grade

42%
37%
31%
44%
51%
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
  • New York City Geographic District #20 average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

59%
37%
30%
63%
54%
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
  • New York City Geographic District #20 average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

52%
40%
30%
44%
49%
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
  • New York City Geographic District #20 average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Ps 185 Walter Kassenbrock is a public elementary school in New York. The principal of Ps 185 Walter Kassenbrock is MR. KENNETH LLINAS and can be contacted at kllinas@schools.nyc.gov. 788 students attend Ps 185 Walter Kassenbrock and identify mostly as Asian/Pacific Islander; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 11% of the Ps 185 Walter Kassenbrock students are "limited in English proficiency." 56% of the 788 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Ps 185 Walter Kassenbrock is 17:1. Ps 264 Bay Ridge Elementary School For The Arts is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting

Sports

  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 37%
White, non-Hispanic 77% 30%
Hispanic 15% 29%
Asian 12% %
Black, non-Hispanic 0% 5%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.2%
Multiracial 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 56% 66%
Limited English proficiency 11% 24%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I went to this school from Kindgergarten through 5th as part of the Delta program I have very nice memories of it from reading Harry Potter and the Chronicles of Narnia with Miss Amendolia to bowling on the roof garden and a huge graduation party. No complaints whatsoever it was such a wonderful environment for kids I'd do it all over again if I could! I love this school.

  • (1 year ago)

    PS 185 is a wonderful school. MY 4 children attend and our oldest is graduating this year. We have been very happy with the administration and the teachers. I do wish the enrichment programs were available to more students. Bring in instruments for 3 - 5th grade offer Chorus to more students. Get teh younger classes involved as well let the children try new things and have a talent show a piano recital an intstrument recital. Children need to express themselves and have a creative outlet.

  • (1 year ago)

    The student- teacher ratio is high which is not helpful. 24 kids for one teacher is a lot specially in kindergarden. I do not know how the administration is using the money to improve the quality of the school but that student- ratio is not good for offering more individiual attention to the kids. The lunch room is not well supervised neither clean. Besides the school is under construction which inside is a mess and very hard to listen to the class. The construction work it seems to last forever who knows when is going to be finished.

  • (4 years ago)

    the classes are over-crowed and the lunchroom is a mess. the teachers need to stop yelling and behave in a professional manner.

  • (4 years ago)

    My two sons are studrnt of this school The principle Class teacher and parent teacher co ordinator are very much helpful

  • (4 years ago)

    My son just finished up second grade at PS 185 and it has been a great experience. We heard good things about the school but were unable take a tour. They only have a tour once a year and if you miss it they are not very forthcoming with information. Given this cold shoulder we were skeptical of the school but gave it a try based on the recommendations of friends with kids in the school. We are glad we did the school has been great. My son had 24 children in his class and two teachers. The second teacher helps kids who fall behind but is also available to help the high achievers. It is also a true neighborhood school with parents walking their kids to school every day and good parental involvement. The teachers were also very engaged and were happy to discuss our son's progress.

  • (5 years ago)

    Mr. Linas is a gem principal very involved and absolutely cares about the students.There are a few teachers I think they would be better off without but as long as the principal is an advocate for the kids that is what matters. The school is definitely homey and helpful.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a grandparent and the first time I went to the school to pick up my grandson I was met by the Principal. He introduced himself and very politely ask who I was to my surprise he knew I was on the list to pick up my grandson. This really impressed me to see this person out with the students. I live in Arkansas and if you see the principal here it is a miracle. Again thanks for caring for the students safety.

  • (6 years ago)

    We are a transfer family from what we thought was a VERY good public school in Manhattan. PS 185 has room for improvement but so far we are delighted and happy with what we've seen so far. It is overcrowded but not as much as our prior school where they had to take the library away and use it as a classroom! All in all I give it 4 stars.

  • (6 years ago)

    I love this school....it's a small public school that feels like a home.

  • (6 years ago)

    I too am disappointed with the Delta program I expectecd more by way of creative thinking than by just dumping alot of what I would describe as meaning less homework. The school itself appears to be in a somewhat time warp as well... there is a very minimul music and art program no after school programs offered to the whole population and the school puts way too much emphasis on disciplinary behavior instead of individual growth. The classes are also over crowded which would explain the need to constantly inforce discipline.

  • (6 years ago)

    It's an awesome school. I graduated this year and it's sad. The teachers are nice and the principal is very active. Overall this school is great.

  • (7 years ago)

    I'm a little bit disappointed in the school Delta program. It is not so advanced as we expected just a lot of a homework. The ratio of classwork to homework is about 30 70. The teachers don't explain too much and just relay on extra home activity. Also an IQ level of students is very different. I have no an idea how some of them were placed to this must to be advanced class. So overall this school is above an Brooklyn average school. But we are no so impressed it is below of our expectations.

  • (7 years ago)

    P.S. 185 is a very good public school. The principal is a strong leader and aware of what is happening in the school. He is a problem solver and open to discussing issues with parents. So far my child has had amazing classroom teachers who are experienced and knowledgeable. There is certainly and obviously a wide range when it comes to teacher education dedication and ability. Parents know which teachers are passionate. Some of the specialist need new inspiration. All of the children need access to instruments! It would be wonderful if the PTA had more volunteers. I have heard not every parent feels welcome. The meetings are at inconvenient times for many. Regardless more parents need to get involved. Plus an afterschool program (for all the children)on the premises is much needed. Overall I am happy with my child's educational experiences at 185. If it should change...

  • (7 years ago)

    This is a great school! I dare to say it is better than the most of private schools. The teachers are dedicated and professional. Its Delta program is one of the best in the district.

  • (8 years ago)

    Very good school with good dedicated teachers. Very happy to send my child here. Safe Bay Ridge location. Regualar out door activities.

  • (9 years ago)

    P.S. 104 - Teachers are both professional qualified and easy to approach and speak with. Educational materials and programs are great overall.

  • (9 years ago)

    This is a wonderful nurturing enviornment for the children. Kids here get an excellent education wether they are in Delta or not. There is true concern for all the children from most of the teachers. Parents are welcome in the classrooms and are especially encouraged to come in while the children are in the younger 3 grades. Lunch Aides are for the most part as they are in most other school. PTA needs to reach out to it's community and make all welcome. New principal is well liked and tries hard. He really seems to have a very soft spot for the younger grades. Any child in this school is lucky.

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