P.S. 18 Winchester

Grades: Pre-K, K-5
Staff Pick
86-35 235 Court
Queens NY 11427
Phone: 718-464-4167

Our Insights

What’s Special

All-around successful school which houses district-wide gifted programs

The Downside

Limited arts offerings

PS 18 has exceptionally high standards, committed teachers, and test scores that are well above average. The school houses a district-wide gifted and talented program.

The school is located in a neighborhood that feels safe and suburban, with a large park right next to it.

PS 18 benefits from the leadership of Kathleen Peknic, principal since September 2005. She has an approachable style and gives critical feedback and evaluations to the teachers, visiting classes often, according to the Quality Review. Both parents and teachers give the principal high marks on the Learning Environment Survey. [Peknic retired in 2014. Her successor is Laurie Careddu, formerly assistant principal at PS 130 in Bayside, Queens, an award-winning school recognized by the US Department of Education for consistently high performance in reading and math.]

The school also includes parents through an active PTA group, which holds events such as Movie Night and a Maquerade Ball.

Fun events are held for kids each year, such as Field Day, Sports Day, Color Day (when everyone wears bright colors), School Spirit Night and Physical Education Night.

PS 18 exposes students to a variety of art experiences through the schools partnerships with the American Ballroom Theater, Queens Theater in the Park, and Early Stages Magic of Storytelling, according to the school website.

Built for 470 children, the school is overcrowded.

Special education: The school offers both self-contained special education and special education for students in regular classes. Counseling, speech and physical therapy are all available, as well as English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction.

Admissions: Zoned school. Families who wish to have a child tested for possible placement into a Gifted and Talented program, must complete the Request for Testing (RFT) form. The form can be completed here or in paper form found in the Gifted and Talented Program Handbook. (Owen Minott, web reports, DOE statistics, July, 2013; Lydie Raschka, new principal update December 2014)

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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 2019-20 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

From 2019-20 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 2019-20 School Quality Guide

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

How do students perform academically?

From 2019 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 the NYC Program Assessment (CLASS and ECERS-R) Database through 2018-2019

Instruction: Teachers ask kids to explain their reasoning when they solve problems
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 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners
Pre-K seats

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

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

From 2020 School Directories

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

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

Contact & Location


Bellerose (District 26)
Buses: Q1, Q43, Q46, QM6, X68


Laurie Ann Careddu
Parent Coordinator
Marnie Tannenbaum

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.

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

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