P.S. 47 Chris Galas

Grades: 3-K, Pre-K, K-8
Staff Pick
140 Beach 112 Street
Queens NY 11693
Phone: 718-634-7167

Our Insights

What’s Special

Tiny, close-knit neighborhood school

The Downside

Limited offerings in middle school

Seagulls strut on the lawn and drop clams on the roof of PS 47, a close-knit school that seems more rural than urban. In quiet Broad Channel on Jamaica Bay, most families have known each other for generations. With only one class per grade, everyone pitches in for special projects: When 8th-graders collect used bottles to return for cash to offset costs for their culminating-year activities, for example, the younger students participate.

Many children bike to school, and classes take turns cleaning the Jamaica Bay beach right outside the door for an environmental science project. "It's a great place to work and to send your children," said Parent Coordinator Rachel Colleran, who started a cooking club with the school nurse. This little community takes care of the wider community, too: "We're always involved," said Colleran. "A toy drive, Penny Harvest, a coat drive, recycling."

Former assistant principal Ann Moynagh became principal in 2012, and she is a well-respected leader, according to school surveys. The city called the school well developed, the highest rating, on the 2012-2013 Quality Review.

The building is a fusion of the school's original structure, erected in 1935, and another constructed in 1992, but it still remains cramped. An aptly named "multipurpose room" serves as gym, auditorium and lunchroom, and some offices are located behind partitions at the ends of hallways.

An art teacher travels with her materials to the classrooms and also covers science in the lower grades. The school offers Music Memory, a well-regarded program in which children learn about composers and musical styles tied to major historical periods. Children learn dance through a partnership with the nonprofit group Ballet Tech. Clubs include chorus, computer and chess.

Students participate in math, science and technology festivals and have won several trophies in technology competitions; they're displayed on the school website. The middle school math teacher runs a math fair in the spring and the middle school science teacher hosts a school-wide "Jeopardy"-style science quiz show.

PS 47 has an active parents association that raises funds to assist the school's arts programs and that sponsors events like an evening pajama party for kindergartners and 1st-graders. A newsletter for parents has good tips for helping kids with math at home such as playing math games and sharing real life math situations.

The school customarily loses some 6th-graders to the gifted middle-school programs at Scholar's Academy; because of its small size, the middle school at PS 47 rarely offers Regent's classes. Class size fluctuates quite a bit depending on the year. In 2014-2015, for example, there were only seven 6th-graders. There were only seven kids in each half-day pre-kindergarten class, as families opted for full-day pre-k elsewhere.

Special education: There is one small class for children with special needs. It started with kindergarten in 2014-2015 and will progress through the grades each year.

Admissions: Neighborhood school. Pre-kindergarten children may come from out-of-zone but the kindergarten tends to quickly fill with zoned students, according to the parent coordinator. (Lydie Raschka, phone interview and school data, November 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?
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
84% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
51% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
78% Citywide Average

From 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2% 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?
79% 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?
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?
46% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
51% Citywide Average

From 2021 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
Channel View School for Research
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I,Living Environment

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
3-K seats

From 2019-20 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?
25% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
22% Citywide Average

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

Contact & Location


Far Rockaway (District 27)
Trains: A Line, S Line to Broad Channel
Buses: Q52, Q53, QM16, QM17


Heather Lorenz
Parent Coordinator
Christina Cervone

Other Details

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

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

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