P.S. 66 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Grades: 3-K, Pre-K, K-5
Staff Pick
85-11 102 Street
Queens NY 11418
Phone: 718-849-0184

Our Insights

What’s Special

Success teaching reading and math to new immigrants

The Downside

Bathrooms in basement; cafeteria is cramped

PS 66 is a quiet and orderly school housed in a 19th century building. It has long been recognized for its strong math and reading scores, a significant accomplishment considering that a quarter of its students are English language learners and three-quarters are poor enough to qualify for free lunch. Students hail from countries including Ecuador, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Yemen, Guyana, and the Philippines.

In 2013, it was one of six New York City schools to receive a Blue Ribbon School Award from the federal Department of Education. When the state instituted new, more difficult tests in 2013, PS 66 posted scores that were well above the state average.

Principal Phyllis Leinwand came to PS 66 in 2001 after years at the nearby MS 210. She believes in the importance of teaching the basics, especially math and reading, and doesn't go in for fads. All students at PS 66 get two periods of math and three periods of Enlish Language Arts every day. There are two reading specialists on staff. At the beginning of the school year, theysit down with every student individually to assess their reading level. Based on this assessment, teachers are able to identify where students need extra help over the course of the year. In addition to two ELA class periods, students also get one period of guided reading every day where they practice their reading skills in small groups.

The tone at PS 66 is academic, even in the younger grades. Students in grades K-5 get homework every night. During the day, they sit at desks grouped in clusters and listen quietly to their teachers. There are few blocks or games, but classrooms are stocked with large classroom libraries, including some fun-looking science books. During our visit, we observed students in some classes working on assignments on worksheets or in their textbooks.

The school strives to provide opportunities for students who need extra help and for those who need more challenging work. At lunch time, struggling students may participate in the lunch and learn program that allows them to eat lunch with a teacher who helps them with their schoolwork. Twice a week, students who need more challenging work are pulled out of class for an enrichment program led by retired teachers. In the past, these students have studied Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet and Vietnamese poetry. The school also provides a popular morning and afterschool program that offers ELA and math support.

Grades K through 5 are housed in the main school building, and two prekindergarten classes are housed in a trailer behind the school. Some of the schools facilities are in need of updating. The cafeteria and kitchen are housed in the basement of the building and are dark and cramped. The school also has just one set of bathrooms for students, all in the basement. There is no gym, but there is a multipurpose room where students have recess when the weather is bad.

Many graduates of PS 66 go to middle school at MS 210, although some go to the selective Scholars Academy in Rockaway Beach.

English language learners: About a quarter of students at PS 66 are English language learners. Most receive ESL instruction through push-in and pull-out support from one of the schools two ESL teachers, although some are taught in a self-contained class. The school uses the Rosetta Stone program to provide extra support to students learning English.

Special education: Each grade has one ICT class, which has two teachers in each classroom and a mix of special education and general education students. There are no self-contained special education classes.

Admissions: Zoned neighborhood school. (Pauline Zaldonis, October 2013)

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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?
0% Citywide Average

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


Richmond Hill (District 27)
Trains: J Line, Z Line to 104th St-102nd St
Buses: Q11, Q37, Q53, Q55, Q56


Helen Desario
Parent Coordinator
Francisca Vidal

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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