P.S. 18 Winchester

An Insideschools pick
86-35 235 COURT
QUEENS NY 11427 Map
Phone: (718) 464-4167
Website: Click here
Admissions: neighborhood school/district gifted program
Principal: Laurie Ann Careddu
Neighborhood: Bellerose
District: 26
Grade range: PK-5
Parent Coordinator: MARNIE TANNENBAUM
Number of full-day PK seats: 18
Extended PK hours offered: Contact program about extended hours.
Zoned
Gifted and Talented
Full Day
School-based pre-k

What's special:

All-around successful school which houses district-wide gifted programs

The downside:

Limited arts offerings

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

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)

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 658

Average Daily Attendance 97%

Students at this school

Asian

  
72%

Black

  
10%

Hispanic

  
11%

White

  
6%

Free Lunch

  
59%

Special ed

  
9%

English Language Learners

  
7%

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?

94% 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?

97% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

5% 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

67% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

69% 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?

51% 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:

6% 8% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

6% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 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?

87% 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:

17% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

47% 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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