P.S. 124 Yung Wing

Grades: Pre-K, K-5
Staff Pick
40 Division Street
Manhattan NY 10002
Phone: 212-966-7237

Our Insights

What’s Special

Strong literacy instruction; lots of extra curricula activities.

The Downside

Large class sizes in upper grades

Yung Wing School, PS 124 is a high achieving, neighborhood school appropriately named for the first Chinese immigrant to graduate from an American university. Located in Chinatown, the school reflects the close-knit, immigrant community it serves. Many children are English language learners or speak Chinese exclusively at home, and most come from low income households. Though a majority of students arrive in kindergarten still learning English, most have a strong command of English by 5th grade and a lot go on to selective middle schools after graduation. Student attendance is among the best citywide.

Principal Alice Hom has led the school since 2003. A veteran educator, Hom spent 18 years as a classroom teacher at the highly-regarded PS 6.

In classes we visited, children seemed happy and engaged. Children move around for various activities, rather than sit for long stretches of time. Its common to walk into a room and hear student chatter. In a school full of English language learners, group work that fosters conversations among peers is critical for language development, says Hom.

Class sizes run as high as 32 in the lower and upper grades, but teachers do a good job of making sure their students stay on task. Teachers walk around the room, and work with small groups of children while their classmates focus on individual or group assignments .

Walking through the school, we observed an impressive range of writing as early as 1st grade. In all grades students write and revise multiple drafts on a wide range of topics such as snakes and planes (2nd grade); life and food in Kenya (3rd grade) and essays arguing for and against structured play during recess (4th grade)

Math and science instruction are very strong. Typical of many District 2 schools, 124 uses Investigations Math, which emphasizes learning through games and activites and finding multiple approaches to solving problems. Teachers balance this with some drilling of math facts so students become quick and accurate in their calculations.

Students in all grades visit the science room for at least two periods a week, and classroom teachers weave in science lessons too. For instance, as part of a 3rd grade social studies unit on Brazil, students learned about Brazilian waste management and landfills and then researched and designed waste reduction plans for their own family. One student timed his parents in the shower daily to assess how much water was being wasted.

The school is home to a district-wide gifted and talented (G&T) program. The main differences between G&T and general education classes lie in the pacing of instruction and types of projects. G&T students may plow through a unit of study quickly leaving more time to tackle additional topics and lengthier projects.

Students have physical education classes three times weekly. In addition to traditional gym instruction the school offers movement and dance classes. Students also take art, music and technology. Teaching artists from Studio in a School work with classes to connect art with studies in other subjects. Fourth-graders participate in a dance program sponsored by the National Dance Institute.

There's a theater program started by actress Baayork Lee, who performed in the original stage production of "The King and I". Those who take part perform in the Junior Theater Festival, a national competition held annually in Atlanta Georgia.

Despite language barriers and modest incomes, parents find ways to support the school. The PTA runs fundraisers like raffles, school photos and plant sales. Parents fluent in English help with outreach to those who only speak Chinese; several former PS 124 parents work in the office and some volunteer to translate school newsletters into Chinese.

Several community organizations run programs onsite, offering a variety of activities such sports, hip-hop, STEM, chess violin and Mandarin instruction. There are also several programs in the neighborhood that pick up PS 124 students at the end of the school day and escort them to off-site activities.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school has ICT (integrated co-teaching) classes and SETSS. ENL (English as a new language) instructors are on staff to provide extra support to children. All teachers and support staff receive training in ENL support.

ADMISSIONS: Zoned, neighborhood school. Admission to G&T program is according to Department of Education standards. The school occasionally has room in its upper grade G&T classes for a few new students. (Laura Zingmond, March 2016)

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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
86% Citywide Average

From the 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
0% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
86% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From the 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
51% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
50% Citywide Average

What is the Pre-K like?

From the NYC Program Assessment (CLASS and ECERS-R) Database through 2018-2019

Instruction: Teachers ask kids to explain their reasoning when they solve problems
Activities: Children explore art, music, sand/water, dramatic play and more
Language: Teachers talk and listen to kids in a supportive way
Interaction: Teachers ask kids good questions and invite back-and-forth conversation

Who does this school serve?

From the 2021-22 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners
Pre-K seats

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
92% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
26% Citywide Average

From the 2020 School Directories

How does this school serve special populations?

From the 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
28% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
23% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
28% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
17% Citywide Average

For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Contact & Location


Chinatown (District 2)
Trains: M Line to Delancey St-Essex St; F Line to East Broadway; B Line, D Line to Grand St; 6 Line, J Line, N Line, Q Line, R Line, W Line, Z Line to Canal St; 4 Line, 5 Line to Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall
Buses: B39, M103, M14A, M15, M15-SBS, M22, M5, M9


Alice Hom
Parent Coordinator
Christina Pun

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?

Zone for the 2019-2020 school year. Call school to confirm.

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