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P.S. 232 Lindenwood

Grades: 3-K, Pre-K, K-8
153-23 83 Street
Queens NY 11414
Phone: 718-848-9247

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What’s Special

Safe school with solid academic record

The Downside


Located on a busy corner in Howard Beach, PS 232 is a K-8 school that boasts good attendance and a solid record of academic achievement. Students feel safe in and around the school, which calls itself PS 232 instead of PS/IS 232 to convey the idea that children at all grade levels are part of a single community.

On school surveys (PDF) , parents and teachers express satisfaction with PS 232 and longtime principal Lisa Josephson. The major challenge seems to be overcrowding. Enrollment has almost doubled since 2006 and, like many in the area, the school is well over capacity.

Since 2005, the school has used the Core Knowledge curriculum, which exposes even very young children to history, geography, civics and science. It is based on the work of E.D. Hirsch, author of Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know. As part of this approach, the school recognizes and rewards children who portray positive traits. Students read literature that concentrates on characteristics such as honesty, respect and tolerance. PS 232 reports fairly strong test results, particularly in reading, although school leadesr hope to improve scores among students with disabilities and low-performing students, according to its Comprehensive Education Plan

Some 3rd, 4th and 5th graders, including all of those with disabilities, attend a three-hour Saturday morning program for extra instruction in reading and math.

After somemiddle school students grumbled on school surveysthat there was not enough variety in programs, classes and activities, PS 232 launched middle school clubsfor grades 6, 7 and 8. Students in grades 5 through 8 have a computer program, and 8th-graders can take the algebra and earth science Regents exams. All of those who did passed in 2015-16, according to the school.

There are full-time art and music teachers on staff. Additional arts programming comes from Midori & Friends , which seeks to expose children to the arts and music of different cultures; Studio in a School , a visual arts program; and ArtsPower , a theater group.

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school. First priority for middle school admissions goes to 5th graders already at PS 232 and then to residents of the elementary school zone. According to the middle school directory, there have been some slots for students who had not attended elementary school at PS 232.(Gail Robinson, based on web reports and DOE data, August 2017. Photo taken from school website)

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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?
High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture, and Robert H. Goddard High School of Communication Arts and Technology
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I,Earth Science

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
32% 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

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
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
24% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
16% Citywide Average

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

Contact & Location


Howard Beach (District 27)
Trains: N/A
Buses: B15, BM5, Q11, Q21, Q41, Q7, QM15


Lisa Josephson
Parent Coordinator
Carissa Carbone

Other Details

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

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

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