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PS/MS 219 Paul Klapper

Grades: Pre-K, K-8
144-39 Gravett Road
Queens NY 11367
Phone: 718-793-2130

Our Insights

What’s Special

Dedicated teachers, savvy administrators and upbeat environment.

The Downside

Odd physical layout with few boundaries between classrooms.

At PS 219, flowers bloom in a spacious atrium, butterflies hatch in classroom cages and 4th graders sit on rugs with math books on their knees. Built in 1968 in the "open school" style popular at the time, the school has few doors or even walls between classrooms. But engaging teaching and the able leadership of Principal Meredith Deckler keep the buzz of student activity at reasonable decibel levels.

Located in a leafy residential area bordering the Queens College campus, PS 219 draws much of its enrollment from a zone that extends beyond its immediate neighborhood, so most students come by bus. Many classrooms have only three walls and open completely onto a corridor. In an area called "the dome," several grades are housed in a large circular area with few physical barriers between them. Though teachers often have trouble with the ambient noise and lack of privacy, children usually adapt well, Deckler said. One benefit of the layout is an abundance of natural light.

A blend of veterans and newcomers, the staff is made up of teachers who work together well, according to Deckler. She said that during the 2003-?04 school year they had put particular effort into adjusting to the new citywide curriculum, which requires group work and independent reading. Deckler singled out for praise the 6th grade teachers, who devoted many hours to mastering the city's new middle-school math curriculum, Impact Math.

We toured brightly decorated classrooms where students seemed relaxed and involved. Small groups in a 5th grade class gathered into book clubs where students decide how many pages to read each week. In a 1st grade, students sat back-to-back, reading books independently before turning to discuss them with each other. "They're building stamina," their teacher said, noting how much longer they could read at the end of the year than at the beginning. The school has spacious grounds; kindergarten and 1st grade classes played in a grassy area, one of two schoolyards.

There are computers in every room, and bulletin boards display math problems, including one that required students to calculate how many outfits could be assembled from given numbers of socks, pants and shirts. The school has are two science labs, one for upper and one for lower grades, staffed by two specialized teachers. In one, a class excitedly observed some very sluggish snails.

As we toured, a teacher told Deckler that a mother planned to withdraw her son from school several weeks ahead of the end of the school term to take him to her native country. Unfortunately, Deckler said, a number of PS 219 families frequently travel between countries, causing children to miss school.

The school is diverse, both in ethnic composition and range of abilities. A teacher who staffs a room offering special academic help (formerly known as a resource room) has composed original math songs for students who need help memorizing facts. A teacher of English as a second language serves PS 219's many English-language learners.

Special education: There are 10 "self-contained" classes for children with special needs only, as well as a number of "inclusion classes," which combine special education and general education students. We visited an inclusion kindergarten, staffed by two teachers and several aides, where students worked in pairs. This school also hosts an ASD Nest Program for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Students with ASD learn in a classroom alongside typically developing children, taught by two teachers who have been trained in the programs specialized curriculum and teaching strategies.

Admissions: Neighborhood school. (Marcia Biederman, June 2004; updated with information about the Nest Program by Pauline Zaldonis, August 2013)

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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?
33%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
82%
84% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
40%
50% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
43%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
51%
81% Citywide Average

From 2016-17 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
1%
3% 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?
80%
78% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
7.8

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?
60%
50% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
51%
49% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
55%
43% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
58%
51% Citywide Average

From 2018 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
Francis Lewis High School, Benjamin N. Cardozo High School, and Robert F. Kennedy Community High School
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I, Earth Science

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
78%
33% Citywide Average

What is the Pre-K like?

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
625
Asian
49%
Black
7%
Hispanic
29%
White
13%
Other
1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
71%
Students with disabilities
30%
English language learners
16%

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
96%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
11%
22% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Uniforms required?
No
Pre-K seats
54

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?
21%
22% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
21%
22% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
41%
24% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
20%
16% Citywide Average


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Contact & Location

Location

Flushing (District 25)
Trains: N/A
Buses: Q20A, Q20B, Q25, Q34, Q44-SBS, Q64, Q88, QM4, QM44

Contact

Principal
Frederick Wright
Parent Coordinator
MARIA TORRES

Other Details

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

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

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