P.S. 184 Flushing Manor
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Involved parents; students support good causes
Some kids have long bus rides to school.
Tucked away in the middle class neighborhood of Whitestone, PS 184's students are high-scoring on exams and active in student government. Parents are very involved, flocking to the school to run activities, including movie nights, winter fairs and elaborate graduation events.
Principal Anna Dimilta took the helm at PS 184 when longtime principal Dora Pantelis retired during the 2013-2014 school year. Dimilta had previously worked as the Assistant Principal at PS 184.
Teachers at PS 184 are experienced, with many having been teachers for fifteen years or more, according to Department of Education reports, and they give overwhelmingly positive feedback on school surveys.
All students at PS 184 take visual arts and dance plus drama and music on a rotating basis. Fifth graders participate in the Dancing Classrooms program, where they learn ballroom dancing.
Extracurriculars include sports like basketball and cheerleading. PS 184 is part of the District 25 basketball league, and students compete with students from other schools. Students may also participate in the student government, which is involved in a range of projects like fundraisers and spirit days. They support charities such as St. Mary's Children's Hospital, St. Albans Veterans Hospital, City Harvest and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
The Arts and Science Appreciation Program (ASAP) runs a variety of after-school activities, including science club, piano lessons, and homework help among others. NY Academy also runs an after school program.
As a PROSE school (Progressive Redesign Opportunity Schools for Excellence), PS 184 has more flexibility than other schools in the way teachers are hired and evaluated, in scheduling classes and in other areas of school governance. PS 184 has found, for example, that inviting parents into classrooms for celebrations and to do a lesson with their child results in higher attendance than afternoon workshops for parents.
Adjacent to PS 184 is a spacious public playground that the school uses as a schoolyard.
Special education: PS 184 offers Integrated co-Teaching (ICT) classes, in which two faculty members, one a specialist in special education, teach mixed groups of general education students and students with special needs.
Admissions: PS 184 is a neighborhood school. (Pauline Zaldonis, web reports, March 2014; updated 2018)Read more