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Beyond Textbooks: Customizing Curricula in Real Time: PS 172, Beacon School of Excellence

New York City District 15c
Brooklyn, NY

Customization is the byword at PS 172, Beacon School of Excellence. Led by Principal Jack Spatola and Assistant Principal Erika Gundersen, Beacon teachers revisit and revise curricula throughout the year to meet students’ needs.

In the video, teachers Maria DiRosa and Angela Ventura also describe Integrated Co-Teaching, which brings special and general education teachers together in classrooms to customize instruction daily. A student gives a first-hand account.

Download Beacon’s 2011 National Blue Ribbon School application:

Read transcript of “Beyond Textbooks: Customizing Curricula in Real Time”


Contact Information

Current Principal: Mr. Jack Spatola
Beacon School of Excellence
825 4th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11232-1701
Telephone: (718) 965-4200
Web site/URL: http://schools.nyc.gov/schoolportals/15/k172
E-mail: jspatol@schools.nyc.gov

Student Demographics


Number of Students pre-K – 5 593
Students eligible for subsidized meals 91%
Limited English proficient students 30%
Students receiving special education services 24%
Student mobility rate 5%
Latino students 82%
White students 13%
African American students 3%
Asian students 2%