P.S. 97 Highlawn

5.00 5 1 (1 review)
1855 Stillwell Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11223
(School attendance zone shown in map)
P.S. 97 Highlawn serves 773 students in grades Kindergarten-5.
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 59% (which is higher than the New York state average of 52%) for the 2017-18 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 47% (which is lower than the New York state average of 52%) for the 2017-18 school year.
P.S. 97 Highlawn placed in the bottom 50% of all schools in New York for overall test scores (math proficiency is top 50%, and reading proficiency is bottom 50%) for the 2017-18 school year.
The student:teacher ratio of 13:1 is equal to the New York state level of 13:1.
Minority enrollment is 75% of the student body (majority Asian), which is higher than the New York state average of 57% (majority Hispanic and Black).

Top Placements

P.S. 97 Highlawn places among the top 20% of public schools in New York for:

School Overview

P.S. 97 Highlawn's student population of 773 students has declined by 6% over five school years.
The teacher population of 59 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-5
Total Students773 students
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Total Classroom Teachers59 teachers
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School Comparison

P.S. 97 Highlawn is ranked within the bottom 50% of all 4,239 schools in New York (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2017-18 school year.
The diversity score of P.S. 97 Highlawn is 0.62, which is less than the diversity score at state average of 0.71. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2017-2018 School Year DataThis SchoolState Level (NY)
Overall Testing Rank
#2144 out of 4239 schools
(Bottom 50%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
59%
52%
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Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
47%
52%
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Student : Teacher Ratio13:113:1
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American Indian
n/a
1%
Asian
53%
9%
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Hispanic
21%
27%
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Black
1%
17%
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White
25%
43%
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Hawaiian
n/a
n/a
Two or more races
n/a
3%
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Diversity Score
0.620.71
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Eligible for Free Lunch
65%
51%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch
2%
4%
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School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
School District NameNew York City Geographic District #21 School District
Source: 2017-2018 (latest school year available) NCES, NY Dept. of Education

Nearby Public Schools

The nearest high school to P.S. 97 Highlawn is Brooklyn Studio Secondary School (0.5 miles away)
The nearest middle school is Brooklyn School Of Inquiry (0.4 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Hebrew Language Academy Charter School 2 (0.1 miles away)
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School Reviews

5  
I was never part of any special education programs nor did I ever need any extra help academically. Consequently I''m not sure how well PS97 necessarily prepares you academically. It certainly doesn't do a bad job of it by any means, but it doesn't place as much emphasis on preparatory work as do several private schools. There were many honor society students in my class and there were some who weren't. So it goes. But PS97 offers a dazzling program in arts education. It offers the art club, an amazing theatre program, a school chorus, and prominently the talent show. A considerable number of students who went to PS97 went to the prestigious Mark Twain Intermediate School, a magnet school, for their talents in either the fine arts, drama, dance, or vocals. A considerable number too went to the still more prestigious LaGuardia High School, which has turned out dozens of prominent artists. Even for those who don't pursue an education in the liberal arts, PS97 nurtures a lifelong love for art. I attend Stuyvesant High School, New York City's top specialized high school, a school that heavily emphasizes math and science. What helps me set myself apart from my peers and helped me develop as an individual was my love for theater and music, which would neither have developed in nor stayed with me without PS97's excellent arts programs. It's a small school, subtle and perhaps even humble, but in my opinion, largely underappreciated. It is informally the elementary-school version of LaGuardia, but more importantly, the love of my life.
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