P.S. 156 Laurelton

229-02 137 AVENUE
QUEENS NY 11413 Map
Phone: (718) 528-9173
Admissions: Neighborhood school
Principal: NOREEN LITTLE
Neighborhood: Springfield Gardens
District: 29
Grade range: 0K thru 08
Parent Coordinator: HAILEY GRAY

What's special:

Beautiful neighborhood

The downside:

Middle school closing for poor performance

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

PS 156 is located in Laurelton, Queens, a beautiful neighborhood near the Nassau County border known for its Tudor homes. Front yards are well-maintained and many of the tree-lined streets are enhanced with landscaped esplanades.

PS 156’s traditional brick school building dominates a whole block, with a large school yard behind it. With the exception of a one-year stint working at the district level, Noreen Little has been principal of the school since 2000.

The school has long served children in both elementary and middle school. However, in 2013, the Department of Education decided to eliminate the middle school grades because of poor performance. A new middle school, Queens United Middle School, opened in the building in 2013.

On our visit in 2009, we saw elementary school classrooms full of books and noticed several 1st-grade students were reading well above grade level. For math, PS 156 used Singapore math, which focuses on in-depth coverage and mastery of topics through the 5th grade. Classrooms we visited were quiet and orderly, and students were engaged in their lessons, whether reading silently or solving math problems in small groups.

Special education: The school has both self-contained and team teaching classes.

Admissions: neighborhood school. (Cristin Strining, April 2009, updated October 2013)

 

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares its building

Number of Students 454

Average Daily Attendance 92%

Students at this school

Asian

  
2%

Black

  
91%

Hispanic

  
6%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
77%

Special ed

  
19%

English Language Learners

  
2%

Safety & vibe

ARE KIDS
NICE?

How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?

36% 20% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

36% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average kindergarten class

17 23 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average fifth grade class

24 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average middle school english class

23 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

62% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

69% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

25% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

50% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

91% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

96% 86% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students in grades 3-8 who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam

10% 30% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students in grades 3-8 who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ela exam

18% 26% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

75% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 8th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 science exam

34% 60% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 8th grades pass high school regents exams?

Percent of 8th graders who take and pass the algebra regents:

0% 15% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 8th graders who take and pass a science regents:

0% 23% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Parents

Are parents involved?

How many parents responded to the 2013 school survey?

68% 61% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

69% 70% 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?

53% 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Do parents like the school?

How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?

67% 92% 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:

0% 3% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

2% 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

13% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 10% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

17% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

57% 74% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

93% 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?

71% 87% 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% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 18% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

93% 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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