The Active Learning Elementary School

Grades Pre-K, K-3
Staff Pick

Location

137-20 Franklin Avenue
Queens NY 11355
Flushing (District 25)
Trains: 7 to Flushing - Main St
Buses: Q12, Q13, Q15, Q16, Q17, Q25, Q26, Q27, Q28, Q44, Q48, Q58, Q65, Q66

Contact

Phone
718-445-5730
Principal
Robert Groff
Parent Coordinator
Lalita Kovvuri

What’s Special

Vegetarian lunch menu

The Downside

Students must find new school for fourth grade

Our Review

The Active Learning Elementary School (TALES), an early childhood school in Flushing, has a focus in health, nutrition and physical education. Students spend one period a day learning about health or participating in physical education.

Opened in 2008, the school has quickly become one of the citys top-performing schools. It has reading and math scores that are well above the citywide average, even though it has a large proportion of English Language Learners.

"The founding of our school was based on health and nutrition and teaching kids how to make healthy choices in the belief that they would be more successful academically and in their life, Principal Robert Groff told NBC News.

TALES is the first public school in the nation to serve an entirely vegetarian lunch every day, with options like black bean and cheddar quesadillas, pizza bagels and a salad bar.

The school was recognized by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation as one of the healthiest schools in the nation. Students participate in healthy food tastings at least once a month. In May 2013, Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN praised the school in an online blog post.

In third grade, students demonstrate their literary progress by performing in a debate. Groff is committed to providing teachers with technology such as SMARTboards and iPads, and encourages faculty to meet regularly to improve their teaching skills.

Students have the opportunity to go on field trips that complement their studies, such as trips to farms where students work on non-fiction and writing tasks about animals. Classes grow their own vegetable gardens to learn about sustainability, according to the Department of Educations Quality Review.

Special education: The school offers a range of services including speech therapy, occupational therapy and self-contained classes.

Admissions: Open to residents of District 25 by lottery. Applications are available on the school's website.

(Owen Minott, web reports, July 2013)

About the students

Enrollment
461
Pre-K seats
36
Asian
86.3%
Black
2.0%
Hispanic
7.8%
White
2.4%
Other
1.5%
Free or reduced priced lunch
80%
Students with disabilities
10%
English language learners
55%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
174%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
97%
94% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
6%
21% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
96%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
97%
88% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
5.0
6.6 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
97%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
96%
90% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
97%
82% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
83%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
95%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
100%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
96%
89% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
78%
65% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
90%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
94%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents say their child's teacher helped their child adjust to Pre-K?
100%
98% Citywide Average
How many parents say this Pre-K program helped them consider which elementary schools would meet their childrens' needs?
92%
92% Citywide Average
How many Pre-K parents say their child's teacher gave helpful ideas for how to support their child's learning?
100%
97% 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?
89%
43% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
80%
42% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 0 dedicated spaces for the arts.
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

This school offers Transitional Bilingual Education in Chinese.
How many English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
61%
9% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
92%
46% 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?
100%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
100%
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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