P.S. 201 The Discovery School for Inquiry and Research

An Insideschools pick
65-11 155 STREET
QUEENS NY 11367 Map
Phone: (718) 359-0620
Website: Click here
Admissions: Neighborhood school/magnet
Principal: Rebecca Lozada
Neighborhood: Flushing
District: 25
Grade range: PK-5
Parent Coordinator: PEI HSIA WANG
Number of full-day PK seats: 72
Extended PK hours offered: Contact program about extended hours.
Zoned
Full Day
School-based pre-k

What's special:

All students learn Chinese. Hands-on projects keep students engaged.

The downside:

The school struggles with low literacy levels.

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

PS 201, The Discovery School of Research and Inquiry, is a charming and diverse school where classrooms hum with cheerful energy as students work on engrossing hands-on projects. Affiliated with the International Baccalaureate (IB), PS 201 encourages students to take part in their own learning—to find answers to questions they pose themselves. PS 201 draws its student body primarily from the nearby Pomonok Houses and the large Asian community in nearby Flushing.

Situated in a calm, quiet neighborhood near Queens College, PS 201 is a three-story redbrick schoolhouse with a large playground and park out front. The school is sparkling clean, and its bright walls are hung with samples of student assignments, some of them quite good. Students are encouraged, but not required, to wear a uniform of navy blue pants and light blue shirts.

Classes at PS 201 are small, just 20 students on average, and the students we observed were quiet and attentive. First-graders were writing short paragraphs about what they would do if they ran the circus. Two fifth-grade girls showed us their posters about the conquistadors from Spain, rattling off an impressive list of facts that they had learned from the exercise. In another class, students eagerly described the science projects their teacher creates, including one in which they performed experiments on rocks to test their properties. As part of the IB program’s focus on international issues, all students take Chinese.

PS 201 continues, however, to struggle with literacy. The principal says that many students come to them with limited vocabularies. To improve reading, they have hired a reading specialist to work with small groups of students three times a week. Teachers work together on “focus groups,” trying different strategies to improve reading and then sharing their success with one another.

Special education: PS 201 takes children with special needs from across the district. It offers visually impaired children a well-established program (overseen by the citywide district for special education) equipped with computers that translate documents into Braille and devices that allow a blind student to take notes. In fact, the school tries hard to make sure no child feels excluded from the community. Students in special education classes participate in general education classes whenever possible. Developmentally delayed children take part in an "adaptive" physical education program one tailored to their needs and Special Olympics trophies are showcased. Special education teachers, as well as aides who are present in many classrooms, are particularly warm and attentive.

PS 201 offers self-contained and CTT courses for students at all levels, but prefers to keep the students integrated in the same classroom. We observed one special education teacher working closely with a small group of students, patiently explaining fractions and answering students’ questions. The school also serves visually impaired students.

Admissions: Priority is given to residents in the zone, but additional spots are open to residents of Districts 25 and 28. Contact the magnet coordinator for more information. (Tom Jacobs, January 2011)

InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 511

Average Daily Attendance 93%

Students at this school

Asian

  
18%

Black

  
41%

Hispanic

  
36%

White

  
4%

Free Lunch

  
100%

Special ed

  
20%

English Language Learners

  
9%

Safety & vibe

ARE KIDS
NICE?

How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?

59% 81% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average kindergarten class

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average fifth grade class

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

69% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

28% 23% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

How many teachers say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep students engaged?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say this school does a good job teaching social-emotional skills?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say this school does a good job teaching organizational and study skills?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam

30% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state ela exam

33% 40% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 4th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state science exam

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Parents

Are parents involved?

How many parents responded to the school survey?

65% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many parents say they attended at least one pta meeting in the last school year?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Does the school encourage family involvement?

How many parents say they were invited to an event at the school at least 3 times in the last school year?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Do parents like the school?

How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:

7% 8% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

4% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:

5% 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

0% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:

NA 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

NA 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many parents say students with disabilities are included in all activities?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say students with special needs are educated in the least restrictive environment appropriate?

94% 93% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many parents of students with ieps say this school offers a wide enough variety of services and activities for their children’s needs?

83% 86% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

Percent of ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

0% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of former ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

30% 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say this school ensures that ells receive the same curriculum as non-ells with appropriate suppports?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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