P.S./I.S. 266

Grades Pre-K, K-8
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What’s Special

Bright, cheerful facility, diverse pre-k to 8 school

The Downside

Students from far-flung neighborhoods must be driven or take buses to school

Our Review

Located in a bright airy facility on the Frank Padavan campus in eastern Queens, PS/IS 266 is a welcoming pre-k through 8 school whose students come from across District 26. Along with the usual academics, PS/IS 266 offers Spanish for all students starting in 1st grade, character education programs and music and art classes.

Students, selected by lottery, come from far-flung neighborhoodsFresh Meadows to Bellerose. On the plus side, that creates a diverse school; a downside is that almost all students must take buses or cars to get there and may live far from one another. School-sponsored clubs and special programs give the children the sense of community they might have in a neighborhood school.

While the school's test scores are quite high, Principal Nicole Scott believes what most distinguishes the school is its emphasis on the whole child. All grades participate in a character education program based on values promoted by the late UCLA basketball coach John Wooden. Every month all students in kindergarten through 8th grade read the same bookeach one geared to a specific trait, such as loyaltyand do an activity related to it. The school recognizes students for acts of kindness and promotes activities such as a school-wide effort to make blankets for a woman's shelter.

During our visit, we saw an 8th grade student comforting a 5th-grader in the hallway. The younger child was upset because an upcoming presentation had given her a bad case of stage fright, the older girl explained.

"In our kids, the social emotional piece is so critical. If these things are not in place, it's very hard to get them to be accountable for the academic piece." Scott says.

Instruction is mostly traditional, with the teacher at the front of the room and children reading the same book. In one class we visited, students spent a fair amount of time copying an assignment. But there is also time for class discussions: 5th-graders weighed in on various ways to compute the volume of a complex shape, while 2nd-graders offered theories as to why a character in a book they were reading was so cranky. One said, "I think he's feeling jealous because they're treating his house badly." The teacher nodded, but added, "I don't know if 'jealous' is the right word." "Defeated," a girl suggested.

Parents appreciate the continuity of a k-8 school, and staffers work hard to make sure students in grades 6-8 do not feel deprived of a middle school experience. An accelerated program for some 7th- and 8th-graders enables them to take the Earth Science and Algebra 1 Regents exams.

All students in the elementary grades take visual art and music. At the end of 5th grade, children opt to specialize in either of those areas or in technology for the next three years. Everyone takes Spanish starting in 1st grade. This allows many 8th-graders to pass the language proficiency exam.

PS/IS 266 offers extra help, including one-on-one instruction and small group sessions, for struggling students. For two months before the state standardized tests in April, students in danger of not doing well can attend an after-school program. Saturday preparation classes are also available for any student who wants to attend.

Kindergartners get less time to play than they once did, Scott said but it's not all academics. On the day we visited, "Professor Bread" was on hand to help kids bake. As the children shook jars with cream"Shake, Shake, Shake, Butter we will make," the professor removed bread from the oven and set it aside for a few minutes, so it could be slathered andbest of alltasted.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school offers a range of services, including self-contained classes and some team-teaching. PS/IS 266 shares its building with a District 75 program for middle school students with more serious disabilities. Some of those students attend PS/IS 266 classes for part of the day, and they participate in a buddy program with IS 266 children.

ADMISSIONS: Students are admitted by lottery. Most children who start in kindergarten remain at the school through 8th grade.(Gail Robinson, May 2016)

About the students

Enrollment
662
Pre-K seats
18
Asian
42.8%
Black
16.8%
Hispanic
22.7%
White
15.3%
Other
2.6%
Free or reduced priced lunch
54%
Students with disabilities
18%
English language learners
3%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a campus with PS/IS 208 and the Queens High School of Teaching, Liberal Arts and the Sciences
Uniforms required?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
111%
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?
5%
19% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
97%
75% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
11%
25% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
95%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
100%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
76%
46% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
9.0
6.4 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
94%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
97%
86% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
88%
79% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
89%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
94%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
91%
85% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
73%
59% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
91%
79% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
86%
84% 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?
100%
88% Citywide Average
How many Pre-K parents say their child's teacher gave helpful ideas for how to support their child's learning?
100%
95% 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?
62%
39% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
61%
40% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 2 dedicated spaces for Visual arts and an Auditorium
This school has 4 licensed arts teachers in Visual arts (part-time), Music, and Theater

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
57%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
56%
55% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
64%
70% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I, Earth Science
How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
53%
28% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
99%
87% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Queens HS of Teaching, Liberal Arts and the Sciences, Bayside HS, and Benjamin N. Cardozo HS
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
0%
18% 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 self-contained students
2.33
2.2 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.35
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
2.48
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.34
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
69%
69% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
88%
84% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
97%
89% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
96%
87% Citywide Average
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