P.S. 99 Kew Gardens
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P.S. 99 Kew Gardens
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)
At a glance
Number of Students 839
Average Daily Attendance 95%
Safety & vibe
How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?8% 15% 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 class23 23 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Number of students in an average fifth grade class30 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?100% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many students are chronically absent?11% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam
Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ela exam
Percent of 4th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 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 2012-2013 school year?73% 74% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Do parents like the school?
How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?97% 94% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Special ed & ELL
How well does this school serve students with disabilities?
As of 2012-2013, this school offers self-contained classes.
Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:8% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:3% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
As of 2012-2013, this school offers team teaching (ict).
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:8% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
As of 2012-2013, this school offers SETSS.
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:0% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:7% 7% 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?