P.S. 156 Laurelton

229-02 137 AVENUE
QUEENS NY 11413 Map
Phone: (718) 528-9173
Admissions: Neighborhood school
Neighborhood: Springfield Gardens
District: 29
Grade range: 0K thru 08
Parent coordinator: HAILEY GRAY

What's special:

Beautiful neighborhood

The downside:

Middle school closing for poor performance

The Inside Stats



Our review

PS 156 is located in Laurelton, Queens, a beautiful neighborhood near the Nassau County border known for its Tudor homes. Front yards are well-maintained and many of the tree-lined streets are enhanced with landscaped esplanades.

PS 156’s traditional brick school building dominates a whole block, with a large school yard behind it. With the exception of a one-year stint working at the district level, Noreen Little has been principal of the school since 2000.

The school has long served children in both elementary and middle school. However, in 2013, the Department of Education decided to eliminate the middle school grades because of poor performance. A new middle school, Queens United Middle School, opened in the building in 2013.

On our visit in 2009, we saw elementary school classrooms full of books and noticed several 1st-grade students were reading well above grade level. For math, PS 156 used Singapore math, which focuses on in-depth coverage and mastery of topics through the 5th grade. Classrooms we visited were quiet and orderly, and students were engaged in their lessons, whether reading silently or solving math problems in small groups.

Special education: The school has both self-contained and team teaching classes.

Admissions: neighborhood school. (Cristin Strining, April 2009, updated October 2013)


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