P.S./I.S. 208

Grades K-8
Staff Pick

What’s Special

A solid k-8 school in a beautiful building with good parent involvement

The Downside

Hard to get to by public transportation

Our Review

Bright and beautiful, PS/IS 208 opened in September 2003, as one of a trio of schools built to alleviate overcrowding for children in District 29. The school is adept at involving parents, especially fathers, and has solid test scores.

The campus is shared with PS/IS 266 and the High School of Teaching, Liberal Arts and Sciences. The airport-like setting is on the former site of the Creedmore Psychiatric Center. Children are taken by bus or car to drop-off points, at the end of an access road, which limits casual encounters among families. Still, the spacious 32-acre campus features a well-equipped playground, plenty of green space and pleasant walkways.

Some teachers have special training in a structured reading program called Wilson, which stresses phonics, and has been shown to be helpful for children who are behind in reading. Children may also work on individualized computer programs for extra practice.

Born and raised in Cap-Hatien, Principal James Philemy has maintained an excellent attendance rate and a safe atmosphere, according to school surveys. Many of his students are of African descent, with a sprinkling of South Asian, white and Hispanic students.Teachers report he is a good manager. The dress code is dark blue bottoms and white tops.

The school does an especially good job of creating community and support for fathers, who even have their own website with pictures of their activities. These include an afterschool reading program, Saturday workshops, a toy drive and "Dads take your child to school day."

In the middle grades, there are elective classes in theatre, visual arts, music, African dance and dance. The arts are mostly integrated into regular classrooms in the lower grades: One of the school's goals is to incorporate more art into social studies classes, according to the Annual Arts in School Report.

Special education: PS/IS 208 has team-taught classrooms that mix children with special needs with their general education peers. There are also self-contained classes for only children with special needs. A District 75 school that serves children with severe disabilities shares the building.

Admission:District 29 priority. (Lydie Raschka, web reports and school data, August 2014)

About the students

Enrollment
739
Asian
8.9%
Black
75.0%
Hispanic
12.3%
White
0.8%
Other
3.0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
54%
Students with disabilities
18%
English language learners
1%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a campus with PS/IS 266 and the Queens High School of Teaching, Liberal Arts and the Sciences
Uniforms required?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
93%
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?
82%
75% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
25%
25% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
76%
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?
41%
46% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
12.9
6.4 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
89%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
98%
86% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
91%
79% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
85%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
95%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
92%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
90%
85% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
93%
59% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
52%
79% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
75%
84% 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?
48%
39% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
52%
40% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 4 dedicated spaces for Dance, Music, Visual arts, and an Auditorium
This school has 0 licensed arts teachers in Dance, Music, Theater or Visual arts

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
70%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
51%
55% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
67%
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?
37%
28% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
97%
87% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Benjamin N. Cardozo HS, Queens HS of Teaching, Liberal Arts and the Sciences, and John Bowne HS
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the 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
1.89
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.4
2.2 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.97
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.43
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
2.28
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.25
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
70%
69% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
70%
84% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
79%
89% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
77%
87% Citywide Average
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