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PS 290 A.C.E. Academy for Scholars at the Geraldine Ferraro Campus

Grades: Pre-K, K-5
55-20 Metropolitan Avenue
Queens NY 11385
Phone: 718-571-6900

Our Insights

What’s Special

New school off to a good start; move to new building

The Downside

No budget for guidance counselors or school aides

SEPTEMBER 2014 UPDATE: Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott and Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan announced that PS 290 A.C.E. Academy for Scholarsin Queens was renamed the Geraldine A. Ferraro Campus, after the first female vice presidential candidate and three-term congresswoman of the Ninth District. The campus opened in September 2014 and the new building is located just a few blocks from the late congresswomans district office. The school is located in Ridgewood but the school's zone is in Maspeth.

FEBRUARY 2012: PS 290, opened in September 2010 to relieve overcrowding in neighboring schools, seems to be off to a good start. Parents and teachers are enthusiastic, according to the Learning Environment Survey. For now, the school is housed in shared space in a large middle school, IS 73, but plans are in the works for a new building, due to open in 2013. (See photo above of the architect's drawing.)

The administration seems to have a good plan for the school, which will add a grade each year until it serves K-5. The school offers a demanding and traditional math curriculum called Singapore Math as well as dance, music, art and the chance for creative play with puppets, according to the Comprehensive Education Plan (CEP). Instead of a regular social studies curriculum, the school offers "global connections," designed to make children think about the world around them. Small classes allow for individual attention. the schools offers both a gifted and talented program and special education services.

While PS 290 is housed in IS 73, space is a challenge. The school must work out times for children to use the gym or the cafeteria, for example. Because the school is small, it doesn't yet have the budget for guidance counselors or school aides, according to the CEP.

Admissions: When it opened, PS 290 was open to children from throughout District 24 but it became a zoned school when it moved to the new building in 2014. (Clara Hemphill, February 2012; updated admissions, 2014)

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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 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
48%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
88%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
94%
83% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
0%
1% 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?
83%
78% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
1.8

How do students perform academically?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
75%
51% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
64%
49% Citywide Average

What is the Pre-K like?

From this school's most recent Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS)

Instruction: Teachers ask kids to explain their reasoning when they solve problems

From this school's most recent Early Childhood Environmental Rating System (ECERS-R)

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 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
588
Asian
16%
Black
3%
Hispanic
49%
White
29%
Other
4%
Free or reduced priced lunch
65%
Students with disabilities
10%
English language learners
10%

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
95%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
13%
25% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Pre-K seats
36

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?
38%
28% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
17%
23% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
25%
28% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
17%
17% Citywide Average


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

Contact & Location

Location

Maspeth (District 24)
Buses: B13, B38, B57, Q38, Q39, Q54, Q58, Q59, Q67, QM24, QM25

Contact

Principal
Jose Jimenez
Parent Coordinator
JOANN GUEVARA LAWSON

Other Details

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.

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

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