P.S. 234

Grades Pre-K, K-5

Location

30-15 29 Street
Queens NY 11102
Astoria (District 30)
Trains: N, W to 30 Ave-Grand Ave
Buses: M60-SBS, Q101, Q102, Q104, Q18, Q19, Q69

Contact

Phone
718-956-2760
Principal
Dora Danner
Parent Coordinator
Jabari Brown

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

What’s Special

Children speak 78 languages at home

The Downside

Budget cuts have limited the arts

Our Review

PS 234 serves a multi-ethnic group of children who speak 78 languages at home. The children's families come from South Asian countries as well as Brazil, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Tibet.

The school emphasizes community service along with academics. Students may visit nursing homes or collect holiday gifts for needy children.

The school opened in fall 2003. Founding Principal Thea Pallos left the school in August 2014 when she moved out of the city. Dora Danner, formerly an assistant principal at PS 17, became interim acting principal.

The building has spacious, modern common areas such as a gym, music room, art room and library, as well as such non-institutional touches as curved hallways and glass brick walls in the stairwells. Common areas are shared with a middle school housed on the fourth floor of the building.

The school has firm commitment to the arts. Budget cuts forced the school to cut an art teacher for a few years but as of 2014, the school once again had an art teacher. Drama and dance are taught by a special education teacher who helped children put on a production of the Nutcracker. Instead of a computer lab, students use laptop computers in the classrooms throughout the building. To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the building, children designed tiles depicting special events at the school.

Special education: There are four "self-contained" classes for children with special needs only, as well as supplemental services for students in general education classrooms. In addition, teachers try to identify kids outside of the mandated program who might need some extra help and provide them with short-term services.

Admissions: Neighborhood school. (Clara Hemphill, phone interview, December 2012; Pamela Wheaton, phone interview August 2014)

About the students

Enrollment
558
Pre-K seats
35
Asian
23.7%
Black
5.9%
Hispanic
37.8%
White
31.7%
Other
0.9%
Free or reduced priced lunch
83%
Students with disabilities
16%
English language learners
19%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with Academy for New Americans
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
104%
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?
14%
21% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
68%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
95%
88% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
1.8
6.6 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
81%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
95%
90% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
81%
82% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
83%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
95%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
86%
89% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
71%
65% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
91%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
85%
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?
36%
43% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
34%
42% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 5 dedicated spaces for Dance, Music, Theater, Visual arts, and Media 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?
10%
9% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
43%
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 ICT students
1.92
2.0 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
3.15
2.4 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.82
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.35
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
2.93
2.8 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.34
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?
94%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
93%
89% Citywide Average
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