The Queens College School for Math, Science and Technology

148-20 REEVES AVENUE
QUEENS NY 11367 Map
Phone: (718) 461-7462
Website: Click here
Admissions: Lottery/unzoned
Principal: Helene Jacob
Neighborhood: Flushing/ College Pt.
District: 25
Grade range: PK-8
Parent Coordinator: Lora Rowe
Unzoned

What's special:

School accepts children by lottery from all over Queens.

The downside:

Some teachers say discipline could be improved.

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

PS/IS 499, housed in a new building on the Queens College campus, accepts students by lottery from anywhere in Queens. It offers an open house to prospective parents in the fall. Families must apply for the lottery online in January. The school has high test scores and a good record of admissions to selective high schools, according to the Comprehensive Education Plan.

Parents say they feel welcome and nearly all say they are satisfied with their children’s education, according to the Learning Environment Survey. Teachers say the school has high expectations and the staff works together well. However, one-third of teachers say order and discipline could be better, and both parents and students say children are sometimes bullied. One-quarter of teachers say communication between the administration and the staff needs work, according to the Learning Environment Survey. The administration has put in place an anti-bullying campaign and is working to improve communication, according to the Comprehensive Education Plan.

The school has a pleasant physical plant. Soothing light filters through walls of windows, which offer panoramic views of Flushing. There is an attractive library. Bathrooms are attached to all the younger students' classrooms, which also feature sinks. A dance room has appropriate springy flooring. And although some people find the building surfaces gray and dull, the Concrete Design Institute presented PS 499's architects with an award for best concrete architecture.

Each floor has an airy atrium, where kids sprawl out to work on projects. There is a fully equipped science lab. Queens College sends student teachers to the school. Students wear navy white and blue uniforms.

Special education: The schools offers Special Education Teacher Support Services and self-contained classes.

The school has not responded to Insideschools’ requests to visit. This report is based on current Department of Education data and notes on the physical plant from our last visit in 2005.

Admissions: Fill out an online lottery in January. Admissions results are announced in mid-February. (Clara Hemphill, DOE data, February, 2012)

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 506

Average Daily Attendance 98%

Students at this school

Asian

  
47%

Black

  
29%

Hispanic

  
13%

White

  
8%

Free Lunch

  
52%

Special ed

  
8%

English Language Learners

  
4%

Safety & vibe

ARE KIDS
NICE?

How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?

4% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

83% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average kindergarten class

NA 23 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average fifth grade class

27 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average middle school english class

28 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

96% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

83% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

4% 23% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

88% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

79% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

79% 87% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students in grades 3-8 who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam

71% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students in grades 3-8 who scored 3 or 4 on the state ela exam

60% 29% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

96% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 8th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state science exam

84% 52% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 8th grades pass high school regents exams?

Percent of 8th graders who take and pass the algebra regents:

45% 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 8th graders who take and pass a science regents:

45% 15% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Parents

Are parents involved?

How many parents responded to the school survey?

67% 62% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

76% 69% 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?

79% 71% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Do parents like the school?

How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?

96% 93% 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:

NA 3% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

38% 14% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

19% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

99% 97% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

96% 87% 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?

86% 88% 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% 4% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

67% 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

96% 88% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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