P.S. 176 Cambria Heights

An Insideschools pick
120-45 235 STREET
QUEENS NY 11411 Map
Phone: (718) 525-4057
Website: Click here
Admissions: Neighborhood school
Principal: Arlene Bartlett
Neighborhood: Cambria Heights
District: 29
Grade range: PK-5
Parent Coordinator: JOYCE BARKSDALE
Number of full-day PK seats: 54
Extended PK hours offered: Contact program about extended hours.
Zoned
Gifted and Talented
Full Day
School-based pre-k

What's special:

Strong test scores, popular gifted and talented program

The downside:

Most 4th- and 5th-graders housed in nearby middle school while building is renovated

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

PS 176 in Cambria Heights is a school with solid academics that is deeply rooted in this middle-class, African American community of quiet streets and tidy single-family homes. Longtime principal Arlene Bartlett provides steady leadership for the benefit of all students—including those with special needs and those who come from across the district for the gifted and talented program. In 2015–16, there were also three pre-kindergarten classes.

PS 176 continues to be one of the higher scoring schools in the district, and the classrooms reflect an institutional culture that values hard work and order. The hallways are quiet, and, for the most part, students move through them in orderly lines. In most classes we saw on our visit, students worked on assignments at their desk or listened while a teacher taught from a SMART Board.  Students were engaged, and classrooms were colorful with much student work and instructional material posted on the walls. Some of the classes in younger grades were more informal: In one kindergarten class, eager students sat on the rug for a presentation from a nature enrichment group, excitedly predicting the hidden animal with scaly skin that starts with “S.”  The students were thrilled that “snake” was correct, some cringing and some gleeful as the animal handler brought the snake to each student in turn.

The school uses the Go Math curriculum for all grades. For reading, k–2 classes rely on the ReadyGen, supplemented by novels in 2nd grade. The older elementary students use Expeditionary Learning for reading and language arts, supplemented by novels. The school also has a Saturday Academy that provides extra help for 3rd- through 5th-graders in reading and math. For 2nd-graders, there’s a Sunrise Academy, which provides extra reading instruction in the mornings before school.

The school has a number of enrichment programs offered during the school day. Fourth-graders participate in a competitive international program called Future Problem Solvers, in which they are presented with a challenge set in the future and must develop a plan to solve the problem. All students receive art classes, and they create colorful art projects as seen on the school website. Students also receive music and dance. The school has a partnership with the New York Historical Society, through which 4th-graders will write a play that will be performed. All grades have physical education, and the school is active in the New York Road Runners Mighty Milers program.

An outside group provides after-school services until 6:30 pm every day for a small fee. The program includes homework help, athletics and classes such as cooking and keyboarding. 

Most 4th-graders and all 5th-graders are currently housed in a nearby middle school during the construction of a new addition to the school building, which is expected to be complete in Fall 2016. 

SPECIAL EDUCATION: Each grade but first grade has one integrated co-teaching classroom (ICT) in which children with special needs learn side-by-side with children in the general education program. There is also a small self-contained classroom for kindergartners and first graders with significant disabilities.

ADMISSIONS: PS 176 is a neighborhood school with limited room for out-of-zone children. Students are placed in the gifted program by the Department of Education based on their score on two citywide assessments. (Elizabeth Daniel, open house, December 2015)

InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 732

Average Daily Attendance 96%

Students at this school

Asian

  
5%

Black

  
81%

Hispanic

  
3%

White

  
0%

Free Lunch

  
75%

Special ed

  
10%

English Language Learners

  
1%

Safety & vibe

ARE KIDS
NICE?

How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 81% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average kindergarten class

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average fifth grade class

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

97% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

8% 23% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

49% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

59% 40% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Parents

Are parents involved?

How many parents responded to the school survey?

51% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA 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?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Do parents like the school?

How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?

NA NA 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:

14% 8% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

5% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

32% 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

16% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 93% 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?

62% 86% 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:

NA 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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