P.S. 18 Winchester
QUEENS NY 11427 Map
P.S. 18 Winchester
Extended PK hours offered: Contact program about extended hours.
PS 18 has exceptionally high standards, committed teachers, and test scores that are well above average. The school houses a district-wide gifted and talented program.
The school is located in a neighborhood that feels safe and suburban, with a large park right next to it.
PS 18 benefits from the leadership of Kathleen Peknic, principal since September 2005. She has an approachable style and gives critical feedback and evaluations to the teachers, visiting classes often, according to the Quality Review. Both parents and teachers give the principal high marks on the Learning Environment Survey. [Peknic retired in 2014. Her successor is Laurie Careddu, formerly assistant principal at PS 130 in Bayside, Queens, an award-winning school recognized by the US Department of Education for consistently high performance in reading and math.]
The school also includes parents through an active PTA group, which holds events such as Movie Night and a Maquerade Ball.
Fun events are held for kids each year, such as Field Day, Sports Day, Color Day (when everyone wears bright colors), School Spirit Night and Physical Education Night.
PS 18 exposes students to a variety of art experiences through the school’s partnerships with the American Ballroom Theater, Queens Theater in the Park, and Early Stages Magic of Storytelling, according to the school website.
Built for 470 children, the school is overcrowded.
Special education: The school offers both self-contained special education and special education for students in regular classes. Counseling, speech and physical therapy are all available, as well as English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction.
Admissions: Zoned school. Families who wish to have a child tested for possible placement into a Gifted and Talented program, must complete the Request for Testing (RFT) form. The form can be completed here or in paper form found in the Gifted and Talented Program Handbook. (Owen Minott, web reports, DOE statistics, July, 2013; Lydie Raschka, new principal update December 2014)
At a glance
Number of Students 658
Average Daily Attendance 97%
Safety & vibe
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?94% 81% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
ARE CLASSES BIG?
Number of students in an average kindergarten classNA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Number of students in an average fifth grade classNA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE
DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?97% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many students are chronically absent?5% 23% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam
Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state ela exam
Percent of 4th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state science exam
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?
This school offers self-contained classes.
Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:6% 8% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:6% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
This school offers team teaching (ict).
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:33% 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?
How many teachers say students with special needs are educated in the least restrictive environment appropriate?
How many parents of students with ieps say this school offers a wide enough variety of services and activities for their children’s needs?