P.S. 60 Woodhaven
QUEENS NY 11421 Map
P.S. 60 Woodhaven
Extended PK hours offered: Yes
PS 60 is an enormous, neighborhood school in Woodhaven that, despite its size, has maintained solid attendance, a safe atmosphere and good test scores, particularly in math and science. Classes are large in some grades.
Teachers are working to boost skills in English language arts, where test scores have not been as high, particularly among Hispanic boys. Tactics to improve them include strengthening students' vocabulary, asking them to read more challenging books and posing in-depth questions about the reading, according to the school's yearly plan (PDF).
Principal Frank Desario was an assistant principal at another large institution, JHS 202 in Ozone Park, for three years, before taking the leadership role at PS 60 in 2004. On school surveys teachers report that he is a good manager.
Teachers tend to stay at PS 60, appreciating the supportive community, trust and monthly sharing of best ideas at a breakfast learning community, according to the school's educational plan (PDF). Veteran teachers are assigned as mentors for new and untenured teachers. The school hosts student teachers from St. Johns, Stonybrook and Touro College.
The school employs full-time physical education and music teachers. There are two science teachers and two arts teachers. English language learners are taken out of regular education classes to receive extra support.
Special Education: Team-taught classes mix children with special needs and their general education peers in one classroom. A social worker and school psychologist are on-site to support parents and students, in addition to other services.
Admissions: Neighborhood school. (Lydie Raschka, DOE data, June 2015)
At a glance
Number of Students 1232
Average Daily Attendance 93%
Safety & vibe
How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?18% 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?78% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
ARE CLASSES BIG?
Number of students in an average kindergarten class23 23 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Number of students in an average fifth grade class29 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?87% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?93% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many students are chronically absent?19% 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?61% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Do parents like the school?
How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?95% 94% 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:45% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:3% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
This school offers team teaching (ict).
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:56% 18% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:21% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
This school does not offer SETSS.
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:NA 16% 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?