PS/IS 266Q

Grades: Pre-K, K-8
Staff Pick
74-10 Commonwealth Boulevard
Queens NY 11426
Phone: 718-479-3920

Our Insights

What’s Special

Bright, cheerful facility, diverse pre-k to 8 school

The Downside

Students from far-flung neighborhoods must be driven or take buses to school

Located in a bright airy facility on the Frank Padavan campus in eastern Queens, PS/IS 266 is a welcoming pre-k through 8 school whose students come from across District 26. Along with the usual academics, PS/IS 266 offers Spanish for all students starting in 1st grade, character education programs and music and art classes.

Students, selected by lottery, come from far-flung neighborhoodsFresh Meadows to Bellerose. On the plus side, that creates a diverse school; a downside is that almost all students must take buses or cars to get there and may live far from one another. School-sponsored clubs and special programs give the children the sense of community they might have in a neighborhood school.

While the school's test scores are quite high, Principal Nicole Scott believes what most distinguishes the school is its emphasis on the whole child. All grades participate in a character education program based on values promoted by the late UCLA basketball coach John Wooden. Every month all students in kindergarten through 8th grade read the same bookeach one geared to a specific trait, such as loyaltyand do an activity related to it. The school recognizes students for acts of kindness and promotes activities such as a school-wide effort to make blankets for a woman's shelter.

During our visit, we saw an 8th grade student comforting a 5th-grader in the hallway. The younger child was upset because an upcoming presentation had given her a bad case of stage fright, the older girl explained.

"In our kids, the social emotional piece is so critical. If these things are not in place, it's very hard to get them to be accountable for the academic piece." Scott says.

Instruction is mostly traditional, with the teacher at the front of the room and children reading the same book. In one class we visited, students spent a fair amount of time copying an assignment. But there is also time for class discussions: 5th-graders weighed in on various ways to compute the volume of a complex shape, while 2nd-graders offered theories as to why a character in a book they were reading was so cranky. One said, "I think he's feeling jealous because they're treating his house badly." The teacher nodded, but added, "I don't know if 'jealous' is the right word." "Defeated," a girl suggested.

Parents appreciate the continuity of a k-8 school, and staffers work hard to make sure students in grades 6-8 do not feel deprived of a middle school experience. An accelerated program for some 7th- and 8th-graders enables them to take the Earth Science and Algebra 1 Regents exams.

All students in the elementary grades take visual art and music. At the end of 5th grade, children opt to specialize in either of those areas or in technology for the next three years. Everyone takes Spanish starting in 1st grade. This allows many 8th-graders to pass the language proficiency exam.

PS/IS 266 offers extra help, including one-on-one instruction and small group sessions, for struggling students. For two months before the state standardized tests in April, students in danger of not doing well can attend an after-school program. Saturday preparation classes are also available for any student who wants to attend.

Kindergartners get less time to play than they once did, Scott said but it's not all academics. On the day we visited, "Professor Bread" was on hand to help kids bake. As the children shook jars with cream"Shake, Shake, Shake, Butter we will make," the professor removed bread from the oven and set it aside for a few minutes, so it could be slathered andbest of alltasted.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school offers a range of services, including self-contained classes and some team-teaching. PS/IS 266 shares its building with a District 75 program for middle school students with more serious disabilities. Some of those students attend PS/IS 266 classes for part of the day, and they participate in a buddy program with IS 266 children.

ADMISSIONS: Students are admitted by lottery. Most children who start in kindergarten remain at the school through 8th grade.(Gail Robinson, May 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 the 2020-21 NYC School Survey

How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
91% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
32% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
84% Citywide Average

From the 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 the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
83% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From the 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
54% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
50% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
45% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
50% Citywide Average

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
35% 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 the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

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

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
91% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
27% Citywide Average

From the 2020 School Directories

Uniforms required?

How does this school serve special populations?

From the 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
25% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
22% Citywide Average

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Contact & Location


Bellerose (District 26)
Trains: N/A
Buses: Q36, Q43, Q46, QM36, QM6


Ayanna Greenidge
Parent Coordinator
Lorilyn Nestor

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?

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