P.S. 130

Grades Pre-K, K-3

What’s Special

Kids' curiosity inspires the curriculum.

The Downside

School only goes through 3rd grade.

Our Review

PS 130 is one of the most sought-after schools in Queens, and if you visit it you\'ll see why. Small and enchanting, with strong leadership and a talented staff, PS 130 is a school that\'s both academically challenging and fun for kids. Small class size, beautiful books and equipment, and lots of extra grown-ups (student teachers and paraprofessionals) in the classroom make the school especially appealing. The school takes the curiosity that all small children have about their world and uses it as the foundation for formal education. Teachers build the curriculum around children\'s interests. Kids\' everyday experiences are linked to knowledge available in books to answer questions the children pose themselves.

For example, they might learn to predict the weather from cloud formations, using a reference book on the weather in their school library. They might capture the gas released when baking powder combines with water by mixing the two in a bottle, attaching a balloon to the bottle neck, and watching it inflatean idea from a children\'s book on chemistry in the school library. The school has almost no textbooks or workbooks. Rather, children learn to read from works of literature, study math using coins and blocks, and learn how to write by making up their own stories. Children are encouraged to use their own spelling in kindergarten and 1st grade; in 2nd grade, teachers begin to edit their work and encourage conventional spelling. PS 130 is one of 209 successful schools that the chancellor exempted from the citywide uniform curriculum mandated in 2003.

There are no rows of desks or teachers standing at the front giving lessons to the whole class. Children work independently or in groups at tables and on rugs, while the teachers move from child to child, giving help and advice. Sometimes the children gather together and the teacher reads to them as a group. The atmosphere is homey, \"almost an extension of nursery school,\" one mother said. The school is orderly and the children are attentive, moving smoothly from one activity to another without a lot of wasted time.

Admissions: PS 130 is open to children who live anywhere in District 25. Open houses are held in January, and applications are due in February. Notification is in May. Applications are available at theregional office and at your neighborhood school. Parents also may want to consider PS 242, the new early childhood center in Flushing, which opened in 2001. (This school is featured in New York City's Best Public Elementary Schools. Clara Hemphill, updated 2003)

About the students

Enrollment
357
Pre-K seats
45
Asian
54.9%
Black
2.5%
Hispanic
16.8%
White
22.7%
Other
3.1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
40%
Students with disabilities
16%
English language learners
16%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
172%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
95%
94% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
15%
21% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
100%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
100%
85% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
11.0
6.6 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
100%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
95%
87% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
91%
79% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
90%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
91%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
96%
87% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
73%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
97%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
92%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents say their child's teacher helped their child adjust to Pre-K?
92%
97% Citywide Average
How many parents say this Pre-K program helped them consider which elementary schools would meet their childrens' needs?
74%
91% Citywide Average
How many Pre-K parents say their child's teacher gave helpful ideas for how to support their child's learning?
92%
96% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Test scores

How many students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
75%
40% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
55%
39% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 0 dedicated spaces for the arts.
This school has 1 licensed arts teacher in Music (part-time)
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
95%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
97%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
100%
89% Citywide Average
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