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I.S. 5 – The Walter Crowley Intermediate School

Grades: 6-8
Noteworthy
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)

 

 

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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 2017-18 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
70%
79% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
85%
83% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
48%
50% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
81%
84% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
89%
83% Citywide Average

From 2016-17 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
0%
4% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
77%
73% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
4.8

How do students perform academically?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
50%
36% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
64%
44% Citywide Average

From 2018 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
Long Island City High School, John Bowne High School, and Forest Hills High School
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I, Earth Science, Spanish

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
22%
31% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
1788
Asian
40%
Black
2%
Hispanic
55%
White
2%
Other
1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
75%
Students with disabilities
19%
English language learners
18%

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
96%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
9%
23% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Uniforms required?
No
This school offers Dual Language classes in Spanish.

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
13%
15% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
18%
18% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
13%
14% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
9%
8% Citywide Average


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Contact & Location

Location

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

Contact

Principal
Kelly Nepogoda
Parent Coordinator
CLARA ALONSO

Other Details

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No

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

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