P.S. 196 Grand Central Parkway

An Insideschools pick
71-25 113 STREET
QUEENS NY 11375 Map
Phone: (718) 263-9770
Admissions: Neighborhood school
Principal: SUSAN MIGLIANO
Neighborhood: Forest Hills
District: 28
Grade range: K-5
Parent Coordinator: ELLEN MAURER
Zoned

What's special:

Strong academics and leadership.

The downside:

Emphasis on test prep; packed building.

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

PS 196 is a destination school. Middle class parents move into the area to secure a seat in this consistently high-performing school. The school has a cohesive community with involved parents and a good relationship between teachers and administrators.

The work is demanding and academics take priority, but every child takes art and music as well. There are SMART boards in many classrooms. The school stresses preparation for state exams but also makes an effort to instill a love of reading and writing. Teachers give principal Susan Migliano, who has been at the helm since 2009, high marks. An impressive 86% said they felt supported "to a great extent" by Migliano on the 2011 Learning Environment Survey. All teachers in each grade meet twice a week to discuss student progress.

Parents in the past have complained about a lack of warmth among school leadership and too much emphasis on test prep, but report that things have improved under Migliano.

Kindergarten classes are at the maximum of 25 children each, while 1st through 3rd grades hover at around 30 children each. The school's popularity has resulted in about 640 children learning in a building meant for about 450.

For the few students who are struggling, there is a Saturday Academy and morning tutoring. English language learners can also access extra help after school. Since most students pass the state exams, the school has made it a goal to increase the number of kids who score above grade level. There are numerous clubs, including chorus and Lego robotics.

After school: Students may take Chinese, Spanish, sculpture, yoga, cooking, play sports and get homework help, for a fee. Students can also access the program for a single day on an as-needed basis.

Special education: There are self contained classes as well as an Integrated Co-Teaching class in kindergarten, which combined special and general education children.

Admissions: Neighborhood school. (Meredith Kolodner, interviews, DOE stats, March 2012)

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 747

Average Daily Attendance 96%

Students at this school

Asian

  
39%

Black

  
2%

Hispanic

  
14%

White

  
38%

Free Lunch

  
25%

Special ed

  
11%

English Language Learners

  
7%

Safety & vibe

ARE KIDS
NICE?

How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?

7% 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

20 23 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average fifth grade class

26 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

98% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

100% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

6% 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?

98% 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

84% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

68% 29% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

98% 86% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Parents

Are parents involved?

How many parents responded to the school survey?

68% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

65% 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?

78% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Do parents like the school?

How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?

99% 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:

9% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

43% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 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?

89% 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:

0% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

40% 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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