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P.S. 254 The Rosa Parks School

Grades: 3-K, Pre-K, K-5
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84-40 101 Street
Queens NY 11418
Phone: 718-520-7878

Our Insights

What’s Special

High test scores; strong teamwork among teachers

The Downside

Not a lot of play time in kindergarten classes

Located in a gleaming new facility in a neighborhood of modest row houses, PS 254 has an intense focus on academics and conscientious teachers who work together as a team.

Their approach has brought PS 254 high tests scores, glowing marks on school report cards, honors and praise.  

"We have great teachers who share their ideas and are willing to learn from one another," said assistant principal Heather Sosnovsky. Together, she said, they engage in "a never ending discussion about education and how to help children." Everyone pitches in—even the gym teacher leads a reading group--and teachers spend lots of time planning lessons together.

Students get homework in every subject every day. Academics start early: kindergarten classes don’t have blocks or dress-up corners, with little time for play during class.

Children do go outside to play at recess and there are trips every month to zoos, museums a local environmental center and community landmarks like the local firehouse. PS 254 has full-time music and art teachers, and all students have at least one of those subjects every week, with many having both.

At the time of our visit, the school had just introduced new math and reading programs as part of the new state standards called the Common Core. There was some grumbling by teachers that the scripted ReadyGen reading program—the fourth the school has used in a decade—used books that were too difficult for children to read. (For more on this see "Teachers Ask is 3rd Grade the New 7th Grade".) But Principal Naomi Drouillard said she was confident children and teachers would rise to the challenge.

In math, students use counting cubes and other tools and are encouraged to find a number of approaches to solving a problem. Some, who did problems in their heads, were reminded of the need to show their work and, in keeping with the demands of standardized tests, not to erase anything.

Each grade has one class that is designated as a gifted class called TAAP (Talented and Accelerated Academic Program).

Special education: PS 254 has one team teaching class with a mix of general education students and those with special needs for every grade. It also had three self-contained classes for children with more severe disabilities.

Admissions: Neighborhood school. (Gail Robinson, September 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 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
93%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
66%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
95%
83% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
0%
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?
100%
80% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
2.9

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?
62%
51% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
53%
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 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
604
Asian
11%
Black
3%
Hispanic
75%
White
8%
Other
2%
Free or reduced priced lunch
76%
Students with disabilities
14%
English language learners
17%
Pre-K seats
36

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
94%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
17%
25% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

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?
34%
28% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
8%
23% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
14%
28% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
6%
17% Citywide Average


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Contact & Location

Location

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

Contact

Principal
Pamela Markham
Parent Coordinator
Elizabeth Varela Arnold

Other Details

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.

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

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