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Middle School High School

P.S. 162 John Golden

Grades: Pre-K, K-5
201-02 53 Avenue
Queens NY 11364
Phone: 718-423-8621

Our Insights

What’s Special

Consistently high performer

The Downside

No extra space

The fine quality of instruction is literally written on the walls of PS 162, where classrooms and hallways feature well-written essays, challenging math projects, and other evidence of good, creative lessons. One hallway displayed the results of fifth graders' efforts to measure the dimensions of the school, while another hallway offered up the dioramas that emerged from children's studies of Mexican culture.

PS 162 is a relatively big school. It has more students enrolled than ideal and there is little extra space. Still, the school feels snug, not overcrowded, and kids get plenty of individual attention. PS 162 relies more on novels than readers to teach literacy. For math, the school combines traditional lessons with the more hands-on TERC program. A "math literacy" coach helps younger students learn how to approach word problems.

Our visit coincided with the school science fair, filled with kids looking at other students' displays. Projects seemed to encourage the children to develop a feel for science by exploring their interests. A fourth grader's project, for example, tested the hypothesis: "Do more expensive ice creams taste better?" (The conclusion, after giving family members a series of taste tests: Yes.)

Teaching is uniformly strong. We met an energetic kindergarten teacher who had read her students the story, "There was an old lady who swallowed a fly," and had them come up with their own versions of what the old lady might have swallowed. Second graders grappled with the hard questions suggested by a book entitled Tight Times: Why do people lose their jobs? What happens afterwards?

"The teachers bring out things in your child you didn't even know they had," said PTA co-President Margaret Allyn. Her daughter's fifth grade teacher, she said, saw to it that the students entered poetry, book writing, and essay contests.

PS 162 is one of 209 successful schools the chancellor has exempted from the citywide uniform curriculum mandated in 2003.

A significant percentage of students at PS 162 come from immigrant homes. They get extra help in learning English in two cozy rooms overseen by two full-time English language learner teachers. In recent years, the school has offered an unusual program, which uses puppetry to help kids learn English. Unfortunately, the federal grant that supported "Puppetry in Practice" ran out in June 2003 and there were no plans to continue it. While parent involvement in the school is generally high, the school struggles to boost participation of immigrant parents.

The school has no self-contained special education classes. Special education services are offered both inside and outside regular classrooms. (This school is featured in New York City's Best Public Elementary Schools. Deborah Apsel, June 2003)

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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?
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
83% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 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 2018-19 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 2018 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 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

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?
25% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Pre-K seats
This school offers Dual Language classes in Chinese.

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?
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


Bayside (District 26)
Buses: Q26, Q30, Q31, Q76


Pamela Lee
Parent Coordinator
Winnie Yeh

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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