P.S. 234

30-15 29 STREET
QUEENS NY 11102 Map
Phone: (718) 956-2760
Admissions: Neighborhood
Wheelchair accessible
Principal: THEA PALLOS
Neighborhood: Astoria/ LI City
District: 30
Grade range: 0K thru 05
Parent Coordinator: ANITA OBRIEN

What's special:

Children speak 78 languages at home

The downside:

Budget cuts have limited the arts

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Principal Thea Pallos and her assistant principals greet every student at the door of PS 234, a school that serves a multi-ethnic group of children who speak 78 languages at home. The children’s families come from South Asian countries as well as Brazil, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Tibet.

The school emphasizes community service along with academics. Students may visit nursing homes or collect holiday gifts for needy children.

“We try to teach them to be good citizens and to grow up and care for their neighbors,” Pallos said in a telephone interview.

Pallos has been principal of PS 234 since it opened in fall 2003. The building has spacious, modern common areas such as a gym, music room, art room and library, as well as such non-institutional touches as curved hallways and glass brick walls in the stairwells. Common areas are shared with a middle school housed on the fourth floor of the building.

Budget cuts forced the school to let go of its licensed arts instructors, but the school has maintained its firm commitment to the arts. Drama and dance are taught by a special education teacher who helped children put on a production of the Nutcracker. To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the building, children designed tiles depicting special events at the school.

Special education: There are four "self-contained" classes for children with special needs only, as well as supplemental services for students in general education classrooms. In addition, teachers try to identify kids outside of the mandated program who might need some extra help and provide them with short-term services.

Admissions: Neighborhood school. (Clara Hemphill, phone interview, December 2012)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares its building

Number of Students 643

Average Daily Attendance 95%

Students at this school

Asian

  
25%

Black

  
4%

Hispanic

  
39%

White

  
30%

Free Lunch

  
85%

Special ed

  
12%

English Language Learners

  
23%

Safety & vibe

ARE KIDS
NICE?

How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?

0% 15% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

93% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average kindergarten class

24 23 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average fifth grade class

24 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

97% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

97% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

12% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

86% 85% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

96% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

97% 88% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam

31% 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ela exam

32% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

90% 87% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Parents

Are parents involved?

How many parents responded to the 2013 school survey?

95% 69% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

84% 72% 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?

72% 74% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Do parents like the school?

How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?

94% 94% 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% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

13% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

78% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 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?

86% 89% 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:

2% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

13% 29% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 91% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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