P.S. 150 Queens

An Insideschools pick
40-01 43 AVENUE
QUEENS NY 11104 Map
Phone: (718) 784-2252
Website: Click here
Admissions: neighborhood school/gifted program
Principal: Carmen Parache
Neighborhood: Sunnyside
District: 30
Grade range: PK-6
Parent Coordinator: GENEVA PATE
Number of full-day PK seats: 54
Extended PK hours offered: Contact program about extended hours.
Zoned
Gifted and Talented
Dual Language
Full Day
School-based pre-k

What's special:

A supportive school with dual language and G&T programs

The downside:

Some friction between principal and staff

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Despite its large size, PS 150 has a sweet and welcoming tone. It has a dual language program for English and Spanish speakers as well as a district-wide gifted and talented program. Teachers seem to do a good job challenging and supporting their students, who seem happy and attentive. Classes for grades 1-6 are in the school’s main building. Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classes are in an annex a few blocks away at 41-12 44th Street.

The school has high expectations for its students, and even pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students are assigned homework. Hands-on learning opportunities are incorporated into classes, with 2nd graders creating models of NYC landmarks and kindergarteners taking neighborhood walks around Sunnyside to learn about their environment. During our visit, the school’s science fair was in full swing, and the gym was filled with rows of displays presenting student projects, which addressed topics like whether potatoes or lemons could more effectively power a digital clock or how to most effectively remove gum from your hair.

The school provides students many opportunities to celebrate their academic achievements. There are monthly “publishing parties” where parents are invited to come and read student work, and the school also has literacy and math nights. A math "problem of the month" is on display in the hallway; those who answer it correctly get their work displayed.

Teachers encourage children to write essays in English classes as well as science and math. Math classes focus on word problems and encourage children to understand mathematical concepts as well as memorize basic math facts. Science classes emphasize the model of scientific inquiry in which students form a hypothesis and perform a series of experiments to test it. Students also take art classes, including visual arts, music, and drama.

Teachers at PS 150 do a good job engaging students at different levels, and the school’s test scores are above the citywide average. In the G&T program, the work is faster paced and includes more projects. G&T students do math that is a year ahead of their grade level.

The dual language program has both children who speak English at home and children who speak Spanish at home. The goal is for children to be proficient in both languages, and classes are in Spanish one day and English the next. Students in the dual language program put on two shows each year to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and Pan American Day. At these celebrations they perform songs, dances, and skits that celebrate Spanish-speaking cultures.

The student body includes children of new immigrants from Latin America, Eastern Europe, and Asia, as well as children of middle-class professionals who live in the townhouses of Sunnyside Community Gardens. Students come from 70 countries and speak 40 languages. “Our diversity enhances the school culture greatly,” said Assistant Principal Onalis Hernandez, who gave us our tour. The school celebrates its diversity through events like its International Night, a potluck dinner when families bring in food from their cultures.

Students may participate in the math league, chess club, band, chorus, or select chorus. Ballet Tech leads dance classes in the school’s auditorium. Students who need extra help may participate in a variety of after-school support programs, including an ESL after-school program and an extended day program that provides students with enrichment and remediation opportunities. Extra help is also offered for selected students through the school’s Saturday Academy. Other after-school activities include music classes from the 92nd Street Y, dance classes from Together in Dance, and art activities from Studio in a School.

A downside: there is some friction between the principal and staff. A majority of teachers responding to the Learning Environment Survey said the principal is an ineffective manager and nearly half said they didn't feel supported by her. (They felt they received more support from the assistant principals, according to the survey.) "Some teachers want a greater voice in decision-making," District Superintendent Phil Composto said in the school's Quality Review. 

English language learners: The school has a large population of English language learners. Some participate in the dual language program and others are placed in self-contained ESL classes. There is one self-contained ESL class for each grade, K-5.

Special education: The school offers both ICT classes, which have a mix of general education and special needs students with two teachers, and self-contained classes for students with special needs. There are three self-contained classes, one for 4th graders, one for 5th graders, and one for 2nd and 3rd graders. The school also offers Special Education Teacher Support Services, or SETSS.

Admissions: PS 150 is a neighborhood school that accepts students from its zone. Students are admitted to the district-wide G&T program in each grade K-5. To be admitted to the dual language program, students must apply and take a test, and there are about 26-28 spots in the program per grade, half for Spanish-speaking students and half for English-speaking students. (Pauline Zaldonis, April 2013)

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 1147

Average Daily Attendance 95%

Students at this school

Asian

  
28%

Black

  
1%

Hispanic

  
47%

White

  
22%

Free Lunch

  
100%

Special ed

  
11%

English Language Learners

  
13%

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?

90% 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?

71% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

14% 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

63% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

57% 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?

58% 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:

15% 8% 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:

27% 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:

NA 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 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?

94% 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?

86% 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:

12% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

37% 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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