P.S. 101 School in the Gardens

Grades Pre-K, K-6
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Location

2 Russell Place
Queens NY 11375
Forest Hills (District 28)
Trains: M, R to Forest Hills - 71st Ave; E, F to 75th Ave
Buses: Q23, Q54, Q60, Q64

Contact

Phone
718-268-7231
Principal
Monique Lopez-Paniagua
Parent Coordinator
Marisol Barreto

Zone for the 2017-2018 school year. Call school to confirm.

What’s Special

Beautiful surroundings, experienced principal and staff

The Downside

Some parents say there isnt enough time for play

Our Review

PS 101 is nestled is Forest Hills Gardens, a leafy community of Tudor-style houses and quiet streets. It has a stable staff, involved parents and a principal well experienced in teaching children to write creatively and to think about books as literature.

Monique Lopez-Paniagua, who has led the school since 2012, gives her staff extensive training in its methods of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Workshop. In the classrooms we visited, children not only learned to sound out words, they also learned to analyze characters and plot development.

It doesnt say he is sad, said a 1st-grade teacher, reading aloud from Peters Chair, Ezra Jack Keats story of a boy who is jealous of his newborn sister. How do we know he is sad?

Third-graders wrote persuasive essays with titles like Why cops are wonderful and Stop hunting and poaching animals. In one class, children flopped on a rug to read books they chose themselves.

The school has adopted GoMath, a series designed to teach children the underlying concepts of arithmetic. They really understand why we are re-grouping for subtraction, said a 2nd-grade teacher. When I was in school, I just did it. I didnt know why I did it. Teachers have a chance to meet with one another to perfect their own understanding of the new methods, and the school offers parent workshops as well.

Over the years, some parents have complained that there is too much emphasis on academics and not enough time for play, particularly in kindergarten. Assistant Principal Irtiz Gonzalez, who gave us our tour, acknowledged that todays kindergarten classrooms look more like the 1st grade of a generation agowith desks instead of blocks or dress-up corners. Gym is offered just once a week. But she said teachers encourage children to exercise in the classroom with activities like Zumba. And kindergartners have choice time at the end of the daya chance to pick an activity they like.

One downside: A teacher who was removed from the classroom for bullying children was reassigned to an administrative job at the school in fall 2014, angering some parents. The principal, Lopez-Paniagua, declined to comment.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school offers ICT (integrated co-teaching) classes with two teachers and a mix of general education children and those receiving special education services. There are no self-contained classes.

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school. The school has just one pre-kindergarten class of 18 children. Even for siblings there is a waitlist, said Gonzalez. PS 101 also has a 6th gradeunusual in the city. Some children choose to leave for middle school after 5th grade, but for those who want to stay, PS 101 offers a cozy alternative. (Clara Hemphill, January 2015)

About the students

Enrollment
668
Pre-K seats
18
Asian
27.1%
Black
3.9%
Hispanic
17.2%
White
44.5%
Other
7.3%
Free or reduced priced lunch
18%
Students with disabilities
12%
English language learners
6%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
140%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
96%
94% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
10%
21% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
95%
82% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe outside around this school?
96%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
33%
44% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
100%
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
3.4
6.6 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
92%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
97%
90% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
92%
82% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
70%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
95%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
94%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
100%
89% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
83%
65% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
84%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
89%
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?
100%
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?
72%
43% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
71%
42% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 3 dedicated spaces for Music, Theater, and Media arts

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
96%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
73%
64% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
87%
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?
15%
9% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
70%
46% 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
2.13
2.4 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.09
2.2 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.53
2.2 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
80%
67% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
79%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
87%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
87%
89% Citywide Average
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