P.S. 115 Glen Oaks

80-51 261 STREET
QUEENS NY 11004 Map
Phone: (718) 831-4010
Website: Click here
Admissions: Neighborhood school
Principal: Kathleen Sciortino
Neighborhood: Floral Park
District: 26
Grade range: 0K thru 05
Parent Coordinator: KEVIN BURKE

What's special:

High expectations; children play electric guitar

The downside:

No formal physical education program

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

PS 115 has high academic expectations, a district-wide gifted and talented program, and a music program that includes instruction on electric guitars.

It’s a traditional school in some respects. For example, children begin the day by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.  But it also incorporates some innovative practices. For example, an architect works on design principles with children in the G+T program.

Situated on a quiet residential street lined with large shade trees and small private homes, the school draws the majority of its students from the surrounding community, which is home to a burgeoning Indian population. The brick building is surrounded by well-kept shrubs and greenery. [See photo from school’s website]

The school has stable leadership and experienced teachers. Kathleen Sciortino, a long-time teacher and assistant principal, became principal in 2012 after the death of James Ambrose, who had been principal since 2003. About two-thirds of the teachers have more than 10 years’ experience, according the Learning Environment Survey.  Parents and teachers give high marks to the principal and say academic expectations are high.

“There’s a very warm atmosphere,” said District Superintendent Anita Saunders. “The principal is lovely to speak to and very open. They work together as a team.  The parent coordinator gives loads of workshops for parents.”

The school does not have a gym teacher on staff to provide a formal physical education program. Instead, each class is allotted use of the gym once or twice a week for activities under the supervision of their teachers. The Samuel Field Y offers and after school program. The Y offers an after school gardening program at the Queens Botanical Garden.

Special education: There are "self-contained" classes, which are only for children with special needs, as well as Special Education Teacher Support Services (SETSS).

Admissions:  Neighborhood school. Students are admitted to the districtwide G+T program according to their scored on a test administered by the Department of Education. The parent coordinator gives tours to prospective parents on request. (Clara Hemphill, DOE statistics, interview, October 2013)

 

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 646

Average Daily Attendance 95%

Students at this school

Asian

  
69%

Black

  
5%

Hispanic

  
13%

White

  
11%

Free Lunch

  
45%

Special ed

  
9%

English Language Learners

  
6%

Safety & vibe

ARE KIDS
NICE?

How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?

0% 15% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

94% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average kindergarten class

23 23 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average fifth grade class

28 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

100% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

97% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

10% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

97% 85% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 88% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam

65% 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ela exam

65% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 4th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 science exam

100% 87% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Parents

Are parents involved?

How many parents responded to the 2013 school survey?

56% 69% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many parents say they attended at least one pta meeting in the 2012-2013 school year?

78% 72% 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 2012-2013 school year?

77% 74% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Do parents like the school?

How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?

96% 94% 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 2013 math exam:

18% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:

17% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

17% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:

17% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

33% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

80% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

97% 91% 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?

100% 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

Percent of ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

0% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of former ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

42% 29% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 91% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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