P.S. 156 Laurelton
QUEENS NY 11413 Map
P.S. 156 Laurelton
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)
At a glance
Number of Students 454
Average Daily Attendance 92%
Safety & vibe
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 class17 23 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Number of students in an average fifth grade class24 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Number of students in an average middle school english class23 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
How many students are chronically absent?25% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of students in grades 3-8 who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam
Percent of students in grades 3-8 who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ela exam
Percent of 4th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 science exam
Percent of 8th 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?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?
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:0% 3% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:2% 1% 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:0% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:13% 6% 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% 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?
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?