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In Greenpoint, Bragging Rights for One Elementary School

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - 01:18 PM

In Greenpoint, Brooklyn, one elementary school has not exactly been bashful about its latest score on the city's progress report.

When parents and students arrived at Public School 31 Samuel F. Dupont on Wednesday, a large handmade sign greeted them with the words: School Report Card P.S. 31 is #1 in New York City. The school's bragging rights are fairly won: P.S. 31 was the highest-scoring elementary school on the city's progress report this year, earning 91.5 out of a possible 100 points.

In each of the past five years that the city has been releasing progress reports, the school has always received A grades. Last year, P.S. 31 was No. 3 in the city, even though its overall score was higher at 97.4.

In this year's report, the school received 52 out of a possible 60 points for improvement in individual student performance. And it received extra credit for improvement among its black and Latino students. The Department of Education awards the extra points to schools if their black and Latino male students who have scored in the lowest third in the past are now making progress.

Situated in a middle-class section of Greenpoint, the school has fewer poor students than the average city school, but a majority of its students, about 65 percent, do qualify for free or reduced lunch. Nearly half of the students are Hispanic, 37 percent are white, 9 percent are Asian, and 4 percent are black. And parents, students and teachers gave the school high satisfaction marks on the annual city survey.

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