P.S. 99 Kew Gardens

Grades K-6
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What’s Special

Rich history & active parents.

The Downside

Two different locations; 6th graders report bullying.

Our Review

PS 99 is a diverse and close-knit school with active parents and stable leadership. The population reflects the changing Kew Gardens neighborhood.

Neighborhood historian Joseph De May, Jr. documented the changing faces at the school since it opened in 1924, in a website including portraits from PS 99 archives and those submitted by former students and teachers. The photos show the... evolution of Kew Gardens from 100 percent white and probably all-Christian prior to the mid-1930s to the white Christian/Jewish era after World War IIto todays mix of all races, colors, religions, and nationalities, De May told the New York Times.

The school has very involved parents. Ninety seven percent of the parents came to parent teacher conferences, according to a newsletter from the principal. The PTA hosts events such as the annual parent/staff volleyball game and monthly workshops for parents.

When the school population grew dramatically in the 1990s, parents found a garage two blocks away that was leased and converted for school use. This annex, housing kindergarten through 2nd grade, is as appealing as the big building. The school adopted the motto, Two schools, One heart.

There is a cadre of experienced teachers - half of whom have been teaching for more than 15 years. They give the school and its leadership high ratings on the 2012 Learning Environment Survey: all say they recommend the school and wouldnt want to teach anywhere else. PS 99 is one of about a dozen elementary schools in the district that still has a sixth grade. Of those sixth graders who responded to the survey, they demonstrated some discontent. More than 70 percent say students are often bullied, and 50 percent of students say teachers are not treated with respect. The 5th graders completed an anti-bullying campaign called Create Peace Project, and presented their work and art to the entire school in May of 2013.

The school has a student council, basketball team, school newspaper and yearbook. Activities for students and families are regularly scheduled throughout the year. According to the school newspaper, the school has a Career Day, Twin Day, a Talent Show, Multicultural Festival, school drama performance, a Field Day, and a breakfast put on by the student council.

The school has a strong arts program. Artists from Studio in A School teach workshops and classes. Students display their artwork through a CASA exhibition at the Queens Museum of Art. The school has partnerships with Maple Grove Cemetery Arts Partners, Jamaica Arts Center and Center for Arts Education.

The majority of classrooms at PS 99 have SMARTBoards and there is also a video conferencing system through which students interview authors and communicate with classrooms from other states, according to the student newspaper.

The Parents Association hosts an after school program for the school that includes arts, drama, gym, computer and homework help.

Special Education: The school offers SETTS, speech therapy, physical therapy, Integrated Co-Teaching classes and self-contained classrooms for students with more severe disabilities.

Admissions: Zoned neighborhood school. (Annaclaire Diianni-Miller, web reports, July 2013)

About the students

Enrollment
810
Asian
20.7%
Black
6.8%
Hispanic
39.4%
White
29.5%
Other
3.6%
Free or reduced priced lunch
66%
Students with disabilities
20%
English language learners
12%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
102%
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?
11%
21% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
100%
82% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe outside around this school?
92%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
32%
44% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
94%
87% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
100%
88% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
71%
49% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
13.9
6.6 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
98%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
100%
90% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
96%
82% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
83%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
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?
99%
89% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
54%
65% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
83%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
83%
86% 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?
61%
40% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
52%
39% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 1 dedicated space for Visual arts

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
77%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
41%
64% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
73%
70% Citywide Average
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?
5%
10% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
24%
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
2.17
2.0 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.38
2.4 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
2.03
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.14
2.2 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.23
2.2 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
57%
67% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
92%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
94%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
92%
89% Citywide Average
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