P.S. 99 Kew Gardens

An Insideschools pick
82-37 KEW GARDENS ROAD
QUEENS NY 11415 Map
Phone: (718) 544-4343
Website: Click here
Admissions: Neighborhood school
Principal: Paulette Foglio
Neighborhood: Kew Gardens
District: 28
Grade range: K-6
Parent Coordinator: Jordan Holtzman
Zoned

What's special:

Rich history & active parents.

The downside:

Two different locations; 6th graders report bullying.

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

PS 99 is a diverse and close-knit school with active parents and stable leadership. The population reflects the changing Kew Gardens neighborhood.

Neighborhood historian Joseph De May, Jr. documented the changing faces at the school since it opened in 1924, in a website including portraits from PS 99 archives and those submitted by former students and teachers. The photos “show the... evolution of Kew Gardens from 100 percent white and probably all-Christian prior to the mid-1930s to the white Christian/Jewish era after World War II to today’s mix of all races, colors, religions, and nationalities,” De May told the New York Times 

The school has very involved parents. Ninety seven percent of the parents came to parent teacher conferences, according to a newsletter from the principal. The PTA hosts events such as the annual parent/staff volleyball game and monthly workshops for parents.

When the school population grew dramatically in the 1990s, parents found a garage two blocks away that was leased and converted for school use. This annex, housing kindergarten through 2nd grade, is as appealing as the big building. The school adopted the motto, “Two schools, One heart.”

There is a cadre of experienced teachers – half of whom have been teaching for more than 15 years. They give the school and its leadership high ratings on the 2012 Learning Environment Survey: all say they recommend the school and wouldn’t want to teach anywhere else. PS 99 is one of about a dozen elementary schools in the district that still has a sixth grade. Of those sixth graders who responded to the survey, they demonstrated some discontent. More than 70 percent say students are often bullied, and 50 percent of students say teachers are not treated with respect. The 5th graders completed an anti-bullying campaign called Create Peace Project, and presented their work and art to the entire school in May of 2013. 

The school has a student council, basketball team, school newspaper and yearbook. Activities for students and families are regularly scheduled throughout the year. According to the school newspaper, the school has a Career Day, Twin Day, a Talent Show, Multicultural Festival, school drama performance, a Field Day, and a breakfast put on by the student council.

The school has a strong arts program. Artists from Studio in A School teach workshops and classes. Students display their artwork through a CASA exhibition at the Queens Museum of Art. The school has partnerships with Maple Grove Cemetery Arts Partners, Jamaica Arts Center and Center for Arts Education. 

The majority of classrooms at PS 99 have SMARTBoards and there is also a video conferencing system through which students interview authors and communicate with classrooms from other states, according to the student newspaper.

The Parents Association hosts an after school program for the school that includes arts, drama, gym, computer and homework help.

Special Education: The school offers SETTS, speech therapy, physical therapy, Integrated Co-Teaching classes and self-contained classrooms for students with more severe disabilities.

Admissions: Zoned neighborhood school. (Annaclaire Diianni-Miller, web reports, July 2013)

InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 839

Average Daily Attendance 95%

Students at this school

Asian

  
23%

Black

  
7%

Hispanic

  
39%

White

  
29%

Free Lunch

  
68%

Special ed

  
17%

English Language Learners

  
12%

Safety & vibe

ARE KIDS
NICE?

How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?

NA 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 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

30 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

100% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

100% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

11% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

100% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 88% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 91% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

57% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

38% 29% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

94% 86% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Parents

Are parents involved?

How many parents responded to the school survey?

65% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

55% 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 last school year?

75% 75% 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 state math exam:

8% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

3% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

17% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

8% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

7% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

98% 98% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 89% 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?

88% 89% 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:

2% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

25% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 90% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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