P.S. 203 Oakland Gardens

Grades Pre-K, K-5
Staff Pick

What’s Special

Strong arts and music program

The Downside

Some overcrowding in recent years

Our Review

PS 203 is one of the highest-performing schools in the city. It has stable leadership, good teaching and a satisfied parent body.

The arts are big at PS 203. Students study artists such as Picasso, Wang Yani, Van Gogh, and Matisse. There is a school band, a 4th and 5th grade chorus and even an accordion club.

The Department of Educations 2011-2012 Learning Environment Survey gave the school high marks, with most teachers and parents agreeing that the school has high expectations for students and a high quality of teaching. In addition, teachers were pleased with the leadership of the longtime principal, Carole Nussbaum.

In 2012, the school was named a Blue Ribbon school by the U.S. Department of Education for students academic achievement and improvement. Only 1,700 schools received this honor nationally, and only five recipient schools were from New York.

PS 203 students express the belief that all can and will succeed, said Jacquelyn Pitta a communication director for the U.S. Department of Education.

Each student has access to his or her own computer, and every classroom houses a SMARTBoard, which allows teachers to prepare interactive creative lessons for students.

In 2013 a team of 5th grade P.S. 203 students placed first in New York and 10th nationally at the Odyssey of the Mind, an academic competition. Odyssey of the Mind taps into students critical thinking and creative skills, including challenges such as building mechanical devices and interpreting literary classics.

Nussbaum has been principal since for more than a decade. Enrollment has increased in recent years and the school has more children than it was originally designed to serve.

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

Admissions: Neighborhood school. (Owen Minott, web reports, July 2013)

About the students

Enrollment
919
Pre-K seats
54
Asian
72.5%
Black
2.2%
Hispanic
8.9%
White
13.5%
Other
2.9%
Free or reduced priced lunch
38%
Students with disabilities
10%
English language learners
12%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
150%
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?
94%
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
1.0
6.6 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
91%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
89%
87% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
92%
79% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
88%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
100%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
98%
87% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
83%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
89%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
91%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents say their child's teacher helped their child adjust to Pre-K?
100%
97% Citywide Average
How many parents say this Pre-K program helped them consider which elementary schools would meet their childrens' needs?
97%
91% Citywide Average
How many Pre-K parents say their child's teacher gave helpful ideas for how to support their child's learning?
97%
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?
87%
40% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
79%
39% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 3 dedicated spaces for Music, Visual arts, and an Auditorium
This school has 5 licensed arts teachers in Dance, Music, Theater, and Visual arts
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?
36%
10% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
62%
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
2.58
2.0 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.92
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
2.29
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.85
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
4.92
2.8 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.66
2.2 Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
90%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
91%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
91%
89% Citywide Average
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