Waterside School For Leadership

Grades: 6-8
190 Beach 110 Street
Rockaway Park NY 11694
Phone: 718-634-1128

Our Insights

What’s Special

Safe, supportive environment

The Downside

Test scores are well below the citywide average

Just steps away from the Atlantic Ocean, among bungalows and high-rise apartments, tiny Waterside School for Leadership shares a large red brick building with the Waterside Children’s Studio School, an increasingly popular elementary school. Both opened in September 2009 to replace PS 225. Waterside has a dual language program where native English and Spanish speakers do work in the two languages with an eye toward becoming fluent in both. Almost one-third of all students have special needs and, while test scores have a ways to go, Waterside helps these children feel included in all activities, according to school surveys.

Founding Principal Linda Munro gets high marks from teachers and parents, almost all of whom report she is an effective manager, according to a Department of Education survey. Students and teachers responding to the survey said the school atmosphere is supportive and respectful and the buildings and its surroundings exceptionally safe. 

A downside: Academic achievement remains well below the citywide average. In its Comprehensive Educational Plan, the school acknowledged it has  “struggled to increase proficiency levels on the NYS math and ELA examinations” and said improving math instruction is “a priority.” Waterside is targeting what it calls “cusp” students – those who fall within several points of proficiency and providing them with additional help. 

SPECIAL EDUCATION:  Waterside has an unusually high percentage of students with disabilities and offers services including self-contained classes and team teaching classes with a mix of general and special education students. Partnerships with Counseling in School and Child Center of New York provide support for many students but particularly those with emotional disabilities.

ADMISSIONS:  The school accepts students from its zone for its general program. Students from throughout Queens may apply to the dual language Spanish program, with priority to Spanish language speakers. (Gail Robinson, from DOE documents, September 2017)


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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?
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
82% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
52% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
82% Citywide Average

From 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
3% Citywide Average

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
75% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
37% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
42% Citywide Average

From 2021 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
New Visions Charter High School for the Humanities IV, Channel View School for Research, and John Adams High School

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

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

Who does this school serve?

From 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

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?
14% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
15% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
14% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
6% 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 Rockaway Park-Beach 116th
Buses: Q22, Q35, Q52, Q53, QM16


Linda Munro
Parent Coordinator
Yanilda Paz

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares a building with PS 317
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?

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


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