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P.S. 201 The Discovery School for Inquiry and Research

Grades: Pre-K, K-5
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65-11 155 Street
Queens NY 11367
Phone: 718-359-0620

Our Insights

What’s Special

Hands-on learning and lots of activities keep children engaged.

The Downside

Below average attendance

PS 201, The Discovery School for Inquiry and Research, is a sweet school humming with activity. On a typical day you may find students learning tae kwon do, ballroom dancing or even some Mandarin. Its a place where parents feel welcome and supported, and students are encouraged to ask questions and explore ideas. The school, which has long served families from the nearby Pomonok Houses and surrounding community in Flushing, also accepts students from outside its zone.

The school received a three-year magnet grant in 2016 designed to boost enrollment and foster greater socio-economic diversity among its student body. The grant will expand the schools STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) offerings through the construction of a lab space equipped with additional resources such as LEGO Robotics and K'NEX. During their weekly STEM classes students already tackle hands-on work such as 2nd-graders designing solutions to soil erosion which they head outside to test and then revise; 3rd-graders design Rube Goldberg machines that can serve as mouse traps.

The school does a good job of engaging students with lots of activities. The longtime principal, Rebecca Lozada, has sought out grants and partnerships to support a variety of programs including swimming lessons at a local YMCA, general music and keyboard instruction, Tae Kwon Do, ballroom dancing, and Mandarin. Children learn to code, research on the Internet, and proper keyboarding technique in the technology lab. Through a partnership with nearby Queens College, professors work with teachers to weave in science instruction into classrooms, on top of students weekly lessons with the fulltime science teacher.

The vibe throughout the school is cheery and calm. Theres a lot of student art, writing and math on display. Children move around for various activities, rather than sit at desks for long stretches of time. We walked into one classroom where students were taking a brain breakjumping and wiggling to music before settling into the next lesson. One nice touch: fresh fruit is delivered daily to every class through a grant from NYC SchoolFood.

Subjects are not taught in isolation. Classes pay weekly visits to the schools modern library, constructed by the Robin Hood Foundation, for social studies lessons that teachers expand on in their classrooms. For instance, as part of the 4th grade study of Native American cultures, students research, read and write about the Lenape Tribe culture; in STEM class they design and construct miniature canoes; in the technology lab they create miniature replicas of totem poles with a 3D printer; in music they learn Native America songs and dances; in gym class, the play traditional Lenape games.

One downside: below average attendance. Some teachers reported in the annual NYC School Survey that classroom discipline is not consistently maintainedalthough the school seemed orderly on our visit.

Parents, however, give the school high marks on the NYC School Survey. During our visit we encountered several helping out, while others lingered after drop-off to chat with each other and school staff.

The school serves a low-income community, and many children live in singe-parent households. A mental health consultant funded by ThriveNYC connects families in need with outside services and works with teachers to help them tackle issues such as bullying and stress reduction in the classroom.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: In addition to SETSS there are ICT (Integrated Co-Teaching) and self-contained classes. The school is also home to program for visually impaired students (overseen by District 75, the citywide district for special education) equipped with computers and special typewriters that translate documents into Braille as well as assistive technology to help blind and low vision students take notes.

ADMISSIONS: Zoned, neighborhood school with space for students living outside the zone. (Laura Zingmond, November 2016)

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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?
89%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
95%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
95%
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 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
91%
80% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
1.4

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?
46%
51% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
51%
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
474
Asian
16%
Black
38%
Hispanic
40%
White
3%
Other
3%
Free or reduced priced lunch
71%
Students with disabilities
24%
English language learners
9%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
92%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
29%
25% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Pre-K seats
72

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?
29%
28% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
23%
23% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
33%
28% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
0%
17% Citywide Average


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Contact & Location

Location

Flushing (District 25)
Buses: Q17, Q25, Q64, Q65, Q88, QM4

Contact

Principal
Umit Serin
Parent Coordinator
Pei Hsia Wang

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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