P.S./I.S. 208

An Insideschools pick
74-30 COMMONWEALTH BLVD
QUEENS NY 11426 Map
Phone: (718) 468-6420
Website: Click here
Admissions: District 29 priority
Principal: James Philemy
Neighborhood: Bellerose
District: 29
Grade range: K-8
Parent Coordinator: DEVON HUNTER
Unzoned

What's special:

A solid k-8 school in a beautiful building with good parent involvement

The downside:

Hard to get to by public transportation

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Bright and beautiful, PS/IS 208 opened in September 2003, as one of a trio of schools built to alleviate overcrowding for children in District 29. The school is adept at involving parents, especially fathers, and has solid test scores. 

The campus is shared with PS/IS 266 and the High School of Teaching, Liberal Arts and Sciences. The airport-like setting is on the former site of the Creedmore Psychiatric Center. Children are taken by bus or car to drop-off points, at the end of an access road, which limits casual encounters among families. Still, the spacious 32-acre campus features a well-equipped playground, plenty of green space and pleasant walkways.

Some teachers have special training in a structured reading program called Wilson, which stresses phonics, and has been shown to be helpful for children who are behind in reading. Children may also work on individualized computer programs for extra practice. 

Born and raised in Cap-Haïtien, Principal James Philemy has maintained an excellent attendance rate and a safe atmosphere, according to school surveys. Many of his students are of African descent, with a sprinkling of South Asian, white and Hispanic students. Teachers report he is a good manager. The dress code is dark blue bottoms and white tops.

The school does an especially good job of creating community and support for fathers, who even have their own website with pictures of their activities. These include an afterschool reading program, Saturday workshops, a toy drive and "Dads take your child to school day."

In the middle grades, there are elective classes in theatre, visual arts, music, African dance and dance. The arts are mostly integrated into regular classrooms in the lower grades: One of the school's goals is to incorporate more art into social studies classes, according to the Annual Arts in School Report.

Special education: PS/IS 208 has team-taught classrooms that mix children with special needs with their general education peers. There are also self-contained classes for only children with special needs. A District 75 school that serves children with severe disabilities shares the building.

Admission: District 29 priority. (Lydie Raschka, web reports and school data, August 2014)

InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares a campus with PS/IS 266 and the Queens High School of Teaching, Liberal Arts and the Sciences

Number of Students 727

Average Daily Attendance 97%

Students at this school

Asian

  
9%

Black

  
75%

Hispanic

  
13%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
52%

Special ed

  
17%

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?

83% 75% 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

Number of students in an average middle school english class

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

89% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

5% 22% 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 students in grades 3-8 who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam

48% 40% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

52% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 8th grades pass high school regents exams?

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

26% 14% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

29% 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Parents

Are parents involved?

How many parents responded to the school survey?

93% 59% 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:

0% 6% 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:

25% 14% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

17% 8% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

6% 15% 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?

98% 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?

70% 84% 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:

NA 3% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

33% 19% 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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