East Elmhurst Community School PS 329

Grades K-3

What’s Special

Focus on community

The Downside

Too soon to say

Our Review

East Elmhurst Community School opened in 2013 to help ease overcrowding in the area. The school's mission is to help children be "curious, creative, courageous and critical thinkers," who can work well with others.

Principal Rachel Staroba-Hallenbeck taught special education in Woodside, Queens, and English language learners in an after school program. She has a masters degree in education of children with disabilities from Brooklyn College. Prior to joining the NYC Teaching Fellows program, Rachel was a community organizer in upstate New York.

East Elmhurst teachers use the Responsive Classroom approach, which begins with a "morning meeting" to set a positive tone for the day. Teachers give children choices throughout the day to build independence, and try address small problems before they become big.

Like many elementary schools, children work on activities in "centers" following month-long thematic units.

The school will be housed in the former La Salle Catholic School at St. Gabriel Parish, which closed in 2011 [see photo at right].

Other offerings include after school programs and Saturday tutoring, sports, and monthly family literacy nights.

Admissions: Neighborhood school. To learn more about zoning changes read this article in the Times Ledger. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, November 2013)

About the students

Enrollment
304
Asian
3.3%
Black
8.2%
Hispanic
84.9%
White
3.0%
Other
0.7%
Free or reduced priced lunch
95%
Students with disabilities
18%
English language learners
50%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
129%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
93%
94% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
21%
21% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
100%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
100%
85% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
3.0
6.6 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
100%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
100%
87% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
100%
79% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
28%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
98%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
100%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
100%
87% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
86%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
95%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
98%
87% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 2 dedicated spaces for Music and Visual arts
This school has 1 licensed arts teacher in Music
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

This school offers Dual Language classes in Spanish.

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
88%
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?
82%
89% Citywide Average
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