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Middle School High School

P.S. 130

Grades: Pre-K, K-4
200-01 42 Avenue
Queens NY 11361
Phone: 718-819-2230

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What’s Special

Kids' curiosity inspires the curriculum.

The Downside

School only goes through 3rd grade.

PS 130 is one of the most sought-after schools in Queens, and if you visit it you'll see why. Small and enchanting, with strong leadership and a talented staff, PS 130 is a school that's both academically challenging and fun for kids. Small class size, beautiful books and equipment, and lots of extra grown-ups (student teachers and paraprofessionals) in the classroom make the school especially appealing. The school takes the curiosity that all small children have about their world and uses it as the foundation for formal education. Teachers build the curriculum around children's interests. Kids' everyday experiences are linked to knowledge available in books to answer questions the children pose themselves.

For example, they might learn to predict the weather from cloud formations, using a reference book on the weather in their school library. They might capture the gas released when baking powder combines with water by mixing the two in a bottle, attaching a balloon to the bottle neck, and watching it inflatean idea from a children's book on chemistry in the school library. The school has almost no textbooks or workbooks. Rather, children learn to read from works of literature, study math using coins and blocks, and learn how to write by making up their own stories. Children are encouraged to use their own spelling in kindergarten and 1st grade; in 2nd grade, teachers begin to edit their work and encourage conventional spelling. PS 130 is one of 209 successful schools that the chancellor exempted from the citywide uniform curriculum mandated in 2003.

There are no rows of desks or teachers standing at the front giving lessons to the whole class. Children work independently or in groups at tables and on rugs, while the teachers move from child to child, giving help and advice. Sometimes the children gather together and the teacher reads to them as a group. The atmosphere is homey, "almost an extension of nursery school," one mother said. The school is orderly and the children are attentive, moving smoothly from one activity to another without a lot of wasted time.

Admissions: PS 130 is open to children who live anywhere in District 25. Open houses are held in January, and applications are due in February. Notification is in May. Applications are available at theregional office and at your neighborhood school. Parents also may want to consider PS 242, the new early childhood center in Flushing, which opened in 2001. (This school is featured in New York City's Best Public Elementary Schools. Clara Hemphill, updated 2003)

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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?
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
83% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

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

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

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

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

From 2018 School Directories

Pre-K seats

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

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

Contact & Location


Bayside (District 25)
Buses: Q12, Q28, Q31, Q76, QM3


Michelle Contratti
Parent Coordinator

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.

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