PS 290 A.C.E. Academy for Scholars at the Geraldine Ferraro Campus

55-20 METROPOLITAN AVENUE
QUEENS NY 11385 Map
Phone: (718) 571-6900
Website: Click here
Admissions: District 24
Principal: Mieasia Harris
Neighborhood: Ridgewood
District: 24
Grade range: PK-5
Parent Coordinator: JOANN GUEVARA LAWSON
Number of full-day PK seats: 36
Extended PK hours offered: Contact program about extended hours.
Zoned
Gifted and Talented
Full Day
School-based pre-k

What's special:

New school off to a good start; move to new building

The downside:

No budget for guidance counselors or school aides

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

SEPTEMBER 2014 UPDATE:  Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott and Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan announced that PS 290 A.C.E. Academy for Scholars in Queens was renamed the Geraldine A. Ferraro Campus, after the first female vice presidential candidate and three-term congresswoman of the Ninth District. The campus opened in September 2014 and the new building is located just a few blocks from the late congresswoman’s district office. The school is located in Ridgewood but the school's zone is in Maspeth.

FEBRUARY 2012: PS 290, opened in September 2010 to relieve overcrowding in neighboring schools, seems to be off to a good start. Parents and teachers are enthusiastic, according to the Learning Environment Survey. For now, the school is housed in shared space in a large middle school, IS 73, but plans are in the works for a new building, due to open in 2013. (See photo above of the architect's drawing.)

The administration seems to have a good plan for the school, which will add a grade each year until it serves K-5. The school offers a demanding and traditional math curriculum called Singapore Math as well as dance, music, art  and the chance for creative play with puppets, according to the Comprehensive Education Plan (CEP). Instead of a regular social studies curriculum, the school offers "global connections," designed to make children think about the world around them. Small classes allow for individual attention. the schools offers both a gifted and talented program and special education services.

While PS 290 is housed in IS 73, space is a challenge. The school must work out times for children to use the gym or the cafeteria, for example. Because the school is small, it doesn't yet have the budget for guidance counselors or school aides, according to the CEP.

Admissions: When it opened, PS 290 was open to children from throughout District 24 but it became a zoned school when it moved to the new building in 2014. (Clara Hemphill, February 2012; updated admissions, 2014)

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 552

Average Daily Attendance 95%

Students at this school

Asian

  
20%

Black

  
3%

Hispanic

  
47%

White

  
27%

Free Lunch

  
66%

Special ed

  
11%

English Language Learners

  
8%

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?

57% 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?

54% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

10% 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

66% 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?

64% 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:

NA 8% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

14% 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

14% 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?

91% 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?

82% 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:

40% 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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