I.S. 5 The Walter Crowley Intermediate School

Grades: 6-8
50-40 Jacobus Street
Queens NY 11373
Phone: 718-205-6788

Our Insights

What’s Special

Modern, well-quipped facilities; Spanish dual language instruction

The Downside

Achievement for English language learners has a ways to go

I.S. 5 is a large middle school with solid academics and a nice array of extracurricular activities. It has a small dual language Spanish program that helps Spanish-speakers become more proficient in English while perfecting their native language; it also provides English speakers the opportunity to become fluent in Spanish.  

Reflecting its diverse neighborhood of Elmhurst, I.S. 5 is a melting pot of families who come from over 30 different countries, the majority of them speak languages other than English at home. 

The school has above-average test scores and excellent student attendance. Students are almost never suspended; instead IS 5 addresses behavior and discipline problems with peer mediation and in groups known as “circles,” where students learn to de-escalate tensions and conflict, according to the school’s annual Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP).

One big challenge is boosting literacy for English language learners (ELLs), who perform below the citywide average for ELLs on English language arts exams.

To elevate achievement for all, teachers are weaving in more student-led projects, which bolsters independent learning and fosters a lot more collaboration among teachers in designing lessons, according to the CEP

In addition to core academic subjects, the school offers instruction in art, cooking, technology, dance, band and orchestra. Sports and a range of clubs are offered after school.

All students are taught Spanish, either in the dual language program or as an individual subject class.

To help them acclimate to middle school, 6th-graders participate in advisory groups that tackle social and academic issues. All grades participate in the Leader in Me program, which is based on The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, by Sean Covey. In classrooms and throughout the school teachers and staff encourage students to develop skills such as self-reliance, goal setting, prioritizing work, managing emotions and being considerate of others.

The school is housed in a modern building equipped with a television-production studio, two cafeterias, music and dance studios, a beautiful library, and well-stocked science labs.

Kelly Nepogoda, a former assistant principal at I.S. 5, has been the school’s principal since January 2014.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The schools offers self –contained and ICT (Integrated Co-teaching) classes as well as SETSS.

ADMISSIONS: The small dual language program accepts students from across Queens with preference to those who attend elementary school Spanish dual language or bilingual programs, are learning English or are proficient in both Spanish and English. All other seats are open to students from P.S. 16, P.S. 19, and P.S. 143 as well as students zoned to I.S. 61 or I.S. 311. (Laura Zingmond, web reports, October 2018)



Read more

School Stats

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

Is this school safe and well-run?

From 2019-20 NYC School Survey

How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
89% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
27% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
88% Citywide Average

From 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
80% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
40% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
44% Citywide Average

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
34% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

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

From 2020 School Directories

Uniforms required?
This school offers Dual Language classes in Spanish.

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
14% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
15% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
14% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
6% Citywide Average

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

Contact & Location


Elmhurst (District 24)
Trains: R Line to Elmhurst Ave
Buses: Q18, Q47, Q53, Q58, Q59, Q60


Kelly Nepogoda
Parent Coordinator
Clara Alonso

Other Details

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

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

You may also like …

Central Queens Academy Charter Middle School

55-30 Junction Boulevard
Elmhurst, NY 11373


  • Is this your school? Please post any news, updates, events, changes, or other information!
  • We welcome questions, open discussions, and disagreements but comments with personal attacks, rude language, or those with seemingly malicious intent will be deleted.
  • Very long comments, those that contain links, or repeat comments may be blocked by our spam filter.
  • Problems? email us at [email protected].
  • Users must comply with our Terms of Use.