DNAInfo.com offers an intriguing comparison today between P.S. 8 at 37 Hicks Street in Brooklyn Heights and P.S. 307 in Vinegar Hill: “Despite academic struggles in the past, P.S. 8 has long been admired for its active parent groups, partnerships with local art organizations and innovative after-school programming… P.S. 307 in Vinegar Hill, meanwhile, has grappled with low attendance, disciplinary problems and lack of parent involvement, not to mention low test scores.”
Both improved progress report grades from C’s in the 2010-2011 school year to B’s last year. At P.S. 8, 80% of students passed the state’s English test, and 83% passed the math test in 2011-2012 school year, according to DOE figures. P.S. 8 Principal Seth Phillips says, “We’re seen as an example of how a school can turn around. I think we’ve done a pretty good job, and I didn’t do it alone.”
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P.S. 8 is a well-regarded option for elementary-age students. The parent association is active and involved in organizing fundraisers, committees and volunteer trips. According to Insideschools, the school has historically been overcrowded, but recently middle school students were relocated to a nearby high school building, giving younger children more room to learn. A new building was also added to the school in 2011 to create more space for art and music.
The school is dedicated to extracurricular activities, including a new glee club in 2012, where students had the chance to perform popular songs like “Rolling In The Deep” by Adele and “ABC” by the Jackson 5. Other after-school activities include robotics, cheerleading, film, drama and the student newspaper.
P.S. 8 also worked with Parsons The New School for Design and the Guggenheim Museum to enhance students’ experiences in the arts.