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I.S. 250 The Robert F. Kennedy Community Middle School

Grades: 6-8
158-40 76th Road
Queens NY 11366
Phone: 718-591-9000

Our Insights

What’s Special

“Green” playground; show choir

The Downside

Some complaints about discipline and order

Located in a quiet, residential neighborhood in Flushing, Queens, IS 250 serves an ethnically diverse population with a wide range of academic skills. IS 250 boasts a renovated “green” playground, a show choir and a recorder ensemble. Eighth graders also study visual arts. 

The new playground was designed with input from students in partnership with Trust for Public Land. It is accessible for all children and features a running track, a turf field, basketball hoops, tennis courts, outdoor classroom space, game tables, fitness equipment, and trees, according to an article in the Flushing Post. It absorbs 1.2 million gallons of storm-water annually, preventing water from collecting pollutants and flowing into bodies of water. 

Incoming students represent a wide range of skills: some are two or three years behind grade level; others are top scorers on state exams. Some are learning to speak English and some have special needs. The school offers honors classes for advanced students and an afterschool program for those who struggle. There is a Saturday class for students learning to speak English. Every fall, Queens College sends two student teachers to each math classroom to provide additional assistance to students.  

Despite the school’s strengths, teachers say they struggle to maintain discipline and order; some teens say students don’t treat one other with respect, according to school surveys. To improve the culture, teachers have been studying Restorative Justice practices, according to the Comprehensive Educational Plan.  In this program, students learn steps to resolve conflicts and make good decisions. 

IS 250 occupies the first floor and part of the basement of the former Parsons Junior High School building, which it shares with the Queens School of Inquiry and PS 255, a District 75 program for autistic children. 

Admissions: IS 250 is open to students from districts 25 and 28. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, April 2019)





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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?
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
82% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
52% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
82% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
3% 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?
75% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
37% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
42% Citywide Average

From 2021 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
Robert F. Kennedy Community High School, and John Bowne High School
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I,Living Environment

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
32% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2019-20 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
23% Citywide Average

From 2020 School Directories

Uniforms required?

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
14% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
15% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
14% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
6% Citywide Average

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

Contact & Location


Flushing (District 25)
Buses: Q25, Q34, Q46, Q64, Q65, QM1, QM31, QM35, QM36, QM5, QM6, QM7, QM8


Tara Mrwik
Parent Coordinator
Courtney Askins

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares a building with the Queens School of Inquiry and a District 75 program, Q255
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?

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


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