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About This School

P.S. 308 Clara Cardwell is a public middle school in New York. The principal of P.S. 308 Clara Cardwell is MR. GEORGE PATTERSON, whose e-mail is gpatter@schools.nyc.gov. 630 students attend P.S. 308 Clara Cardwell and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Hispanic. 5% of the P.S. 308 Clara Cardwell students are "limited in English proficiency." 77% of the 630 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at P.S. 308 Clara Cardwell is 12:1. Middle School 267 Math, Science & Technology is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Drawing painting
    • Theater drama
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Basketball
    • Football
    • P.E. classes
    • Softball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 83% 84%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Hispanic 13% 13%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 0.9%
Asian 1% %
White, non-Hispanic 1% 0.8%
Multiracial 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 77% 76%
Limited English proficiency 5% 3%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter will be attending the school this year in 6 grade. I have only heard great reviews on this school in the past so I now find myself a little confused. My ratings are based on past knowledge of the school. I will rate this school again in June of 2013. I do hope that parents are participating in the PTA meetings and making themselves visible to teachers because I will. I look forward to reading everyone's reviews in the school year.

  • (2 years ago)

    I go to 308 right now but I'm going to transfer. Everybody wants to transfer all the kids hate it there. The teachers are nice and care and everything but are sometimes really annoying to the kids. DO NOT SEND YOUR KIDS THERE!!!!!!! There is bugs in the classrooms and hallways but you don't always see them. The bathroom stinks and one of the lights in there is broken too. The paint is chipped and their is missing pieces of the wall like the metal borders on the walls. The classrooms are bad and small. Their is messed up books and they don't treat the teachers right. We have old messed up books and the school isn't buying any new ones. My teacher waited seven years for this class set of reading textbooks and she finally got them last year. Most of the students are bad and don't do their work. In my class there is only five students who are good in behavior and academic skills. I am one of them. But it is getting better we have a new principle and he is making a lot of changes. I think sometime in the future it will be as good as it used to be just needs time.

  • (2 years ago)

    This school is great. The teachers care about the students and the students are smart. Overall they get LEVEL 3 on the Math and Reading state test. 95% of the 8th graders graduate and go to good high schools.

  • (2 years ago)

    Please do not send your children to this school. it's the wrost school in brooklyn.. my son got choked by anothe student at lunch time in the school yard and i was never notified by anyone in the school. i went up to the school the next dsy and the following monay and nothing was done. so tomorrow i'm going to the distric office. I wish i never sent my children to this school the worst choice i made as a parent

  • (4 years ago)

    At oe time this school was excellent under the leadership of both Dr. Castro and Baptiste. But now under the new leadership of Ms. Clement and her side kick Mr. Siverls I wonder how this school will remain open. In my opinion they seem to be in race to prove which knows the least. If it wasn't for the wonderful teachers and other administrative personnel then enrollment would continue to decline. It's a mess and no one in the district office seems to care enough to come out and really check on this school. They need to help the children especially in the academy.

  • (4 years ago)

    As a parent I do believe that this school has great potential. Many of the staff members are dedicated hard-working professionals I'd love to be on-board. This is arising star!

  • (4 years ago)

    Clara Cardwell / PS/IS 308 is a work in progress. Most parents don't know what goes on behind the scenes politically and financially regarding this school and many others. There is a great political reason for the schools academic decline but there is some new blood that has arrived and Ms. Clement along with most of her staff members are trying to bring this school back to the status of an exceptional learning environment. With the parents help (PTA involvement Use your voice) it will happen. Just wait and watch 308 soar!!

  • (4 years ago)

    My daughter just began attending this school this year. Due to the fact that she came mid year she was placed in a class that had serious discipline problems. Some staff members tried to work with the class while others just did not give them the same educational opportunities that they gave the other classes. In classes like this I feel there needs to be two teachers. I'm praying that next year will be better but I must agree that the school is not what it use to be. My sister was a student here in the 1980's.

  • (5 years ago)

    Clara Cardwell is an excellent school. The students are very discplined. They are respectful and the principal Ms.Clement is well loyal and she seem experience.

  • (6 years ago)

    I sent my daughter (valedictorian of PS 309 class of 2006) to PS 308 with high hopes. I now realize my assessment of 308 was based on their 'former' glory. 308's adminstration is oblivious and unprepared to deal oblivious to the student's and the school's needs. If I had to do it all over again my child would NOT go to 308. For the good of the students their administrative staff should be overhauled. The principal and asst principal are figureheads who do nothing substantial for the student's education. If you want to call yourself an Academy - then act like one. Do what you must to get proper funding to give these students the education they deserve. Or stop mishandling the funds! They're more concerned with 100% uniform policy policing the color of the students' sneakers and hoodies than real issues regarding student education!

  • (6 years ago)

    I am just as disappointed as the other parent. I transferred my child into this school due to the negative influences and because he was further advanced than the rest of his classmates. Clara Cardwell does not seem to be any different. They put on a good face but what is underneath is oversized classes and teachers and administrators that feel they can not be bothered. They lack extra curricular activities for K-3. How is is a gifted school when it is open to any child that lives in the district whether they are gifted or not. it undermines the whole purpose of the 'Academy' as they like to call it. This school needs a complete overhaul

  • (6 years ago)

    I am thoroughly disappointed with this school. Dismissal is absolutely and complete chaos. There is not adequate space in the afterschool programs to accommodate students. Although this is supposed to be a 'Gifted & Talented' school it appears as though once the students pass grade 5 they are lost. The upper grade students 6-8 are out of control! This school is living off its reputation from 20 years ago.

  • (7 years ago)

    308 Needs more structure. The hallways are always over crowded with children and kids will run in the hall. Things can be run a lot better at this school.

  • (9 years ago)

    My child has attended this school for 8 years. During the last 2-3 years I do see a decline. My daughter had a host of great teacher. Ms. Bartley. Ms Kirkland a great teacher and welcomed her parent to work with her. Overall that staff tries very hard to educate all of the students. Ms. Pough which was a great AP-she left to become a principal.Now its hard to understand what is going on. The child are very disrespectful which makes it hard for the teacher. I think most of them are new.I hope the school gets back on top!

  • (9 years ago)

    My daughter has been enrolled at P.S. 308 for two years based on the reputation of the school when my family members attended during the 1980's. It was once a respected education center in the community that did not tolerate mediocracy. Recently the focus of the school has deteriorated. The teachers and administrators are unable to support the diversity of the incoming students. In most cases I've found that the teachers lack general concern for the well-being of the students as individuals; thus this has created an unnurturing and hostile atmosphere that is reflected in the testing scores and attitudes of the children and their parents. In addition the extracurricular activities and family support elements of education are absent. I would love to see this school raise its standards within its underprivileged community.

  • (9 years ago)

    In my opinion and experience 308 has been a big disappointment.What used to be a family oriented learning environment for 'gifted' students has turned into a big 'daycare'. Students entering the school no longer go through a testing process to be admitted so anyone can attend gifted or not. I like the fact that the principal works very hard in helping students achieve but the teachers seem too young and unskilled for the most part.

  • (10 years ago)

    The school doesn't have enough teachers or extracurricular activities for the students. The classrooms are extra small and there isn't any air conditioner in any of the class rooms. Also there are a lot of foreign teachers at the school that don't speak clear English. The only person who does something for the children of 308 is the assistant principle Ms. Charles. Thanks to her the school is a little better. For the Academy students (5-8 grade) the school is not so good but for the lower grades it's excellent. I would not recommend this school to anyone who has a child in the 5th-8th grade. We need a good school in our community.

  • (10 years ago)

    Students don't get computer clasees [anymore] no more. No exercise for students only 7 and 8 grade. Teachers are fine [the] School is no help [to] the comunity.

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