P.S. 188 Kingsbury

Grades Pre-K, K-5
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What’s Special

A strong writing program focused on nonfiction; rigorous academics

The Downside

Two separate locations; limited after school program

Our Review

PS 188 sits in a quiet residential area in a part of Queens that most New Yorkers never see. But word of the school has spread as far as India and China. Principal Janet Caraisco says she occasionally receives calls from overseas families planning a move to New York who want to know how they can make sure their children can attend the well-regarded school.

By most measures, PS 188 is among the top New York City elementary schools. Attendance is high, the school consistently gets strong "As" on its Progress Reports, and well over 90 percent of its student are proficient on math and reading tests,

The school sets rigorous standards and students meet them. "We have high expectations for our students, and parents have high expectations. Put that together and we have a lot of success," said Caraisco, who has been principal since 2004.

Examples of student writing -- starting in kindergarten -- hang in classroom and hallway. Second-graders are expected to use correct, as opposed to "invented", spelling, at least in work selected for display. Compositions are striking for their neatness, the result of an effort to ensure that children write legibly and that older children can read and write in script.

PS 188 students read and write an increasing amount of nonfiction. Younger students hold forth on subjects they know about -- scooters, say, or babies -- while older children do research as well.

Along with its high-powered academics, PS 188 offers arts and athletics. Every grade produces an annual show attended by all. There is a full-time art teacher and a music teacher who provide guitars and recorder instruction.Clubs for basketball, art, yearbook and chorus meet during recess.

Kindergarten and pre-kindergarten children attend classes in an annex, formerly a parochial school, located a block and a half away from the main building The division creates some problems for staff, but the annex is a welcoming building with a friendly security guard, brightly colored artwork and ample space for English language instruction, dance and gym classes.

Admissions: Almost all students at PS 188 come from its zone. Economic factors and the school's reputation have spurred a growing number of religious school parents to move their kids to PS 188, according to Caraisco, but so far the school has had room for all zoned children in kindergarten, though not in pre-k. There are two classes per grade for students who test into the District 26 gifted and talented program.If there's a tension in this high-achieving school, it comes from parents who fear that their students may be missing out on something that the gifted students receive -- or will be slowed down by working with special ed kids.

After school: There are three fee-based after school programs at PS 188. District 26 has a zoned middle schools and most PS 188 students stay in the district. (Gail Robinson, March 2012; updated via phone, July 2016)

About the students

Enrollment
716
Pre-K seats
36
Asian
59.5%
Black
2.1%
Hispanic
7.4%
White
27.9%
Other
3.1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
22%
Students with disabilities
8%
English language learners
3%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
138%
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?
4%
21% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
87%
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
11.6
6.6 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
58%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
82%
87% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
52%
79% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
80%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
84%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
80%
87% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
54%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
93%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
90%
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?
100%
91% Citywide Average
How many Pre-K parents say their child's teacher gave helpful ideas for how to support their child's learning?
93%
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?
92%
40% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
85%
39% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 4 dedicated spaces for Music, Theater, Visual arts, and an Auditorium
This school has 3 licensed arts teachers in Dance (part-time), Music, and Theater
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
33%
10% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
55%
22% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
Average math score for ICT students
2.27
2.0 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.85
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
2.37
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.56
2.2 Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
75%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
95%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
90%
89% Citywide Average
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