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P.S. 144 Col Jeromus Remsen

Grades: Pre-K, K-5
Staff Pick
93-02 69 Avenue
Queens NY 11375
Phone: 718-268-2775

Our Insights

What’s Special

Strong arts program

The Downside

No music teacher

A neighborhood elementary school in Forest Hills, PS 144 offers its students the chance to participate in a wide range of activities ranging from puppet-making to ballroom dancing. The arts are well-integrated into the wider curriculum, and teachers use art to enhance academic subjects. In the classroom, teachers engage students in lots of hands-on activities.

During our visit, Principal Reva Gluck-Schneider told us that having a strong arts program is "non-negotiable." The schools administrators fervently pursue grants to fund the arts. Thanks to its partnerships with institutions such as the Queens Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museums Learning through Art (LTA) program, PS 144 is able to bring in a number of teaching artists that work with students on a regular basis.

Every grade has an "artist in residence." Fourth graders participate in the Making Books Sing program, which sends teaching artists to the school to lead lessons in acting, playwriting, and songwriting, which culminate in the creation and performance of a play based on a childrens book. Second graders work with artists from the Marquis Studios to design their own puppets and create a puppet show. In addition to the teaching artists, PS 144 also has a full-time visual arts teacher and a theater teacher. After the schools music teacher retired, students get their music lessons from the theater teacher, who plays the guitar, sings and incorporates music into her lessons.

The school also has a full-time science teacher, and arts are integrated into the science curriculum. Students explored the Queens Museum of Arts Watershed Model, a 755-square foot topographical map of NYCs water supply. The study culminated in a visit to the Catskills, where students participated in a scavenger hunt to learn about the watershed and to make collages inspired by their surroundings. As part of Trout in the Classroom, s tudents raised trout from eggs to fingerlings, monitored the tanks water quality, and eventually released them into the watershed.

Students do plenty of hands-on science activities in all grades. One second grade classroom included an in-class composting system and various plants grown by students. In one fifth grade science class, students played a game called Survival of the Sweetest in which students learned about food chains by acting as wild animals competing over scare resources, which were represented by candy. We are simulating how animals would act in the wild, one student explained. Students also receive weekly technology instruction in the computer lab.

During our visit, teachers had clear control of their classrooms. Whether students were taking turns counting by tens, measuring objects around the classroom, or listening to a story read aloud by the teacher, they were engaged and on task.

PS 144 is home to a district-wide Gifted and Talented program, and there is one G&T class in each grade K-5. The school also offers a push-in enrichment program for non-G&T classes so that all students can get the benefits of more challenging, project-based learning. "We recognize the gifts in all children," the enrichment program coordinator, Lois Olshan, told us.

There is a high level of parent involvement. Parents are devoted fundraisers and volunteers. Some help out during lunch time, while others are trained as Learning Leaders, which allows them to work one-on-one with students who need extra help. The Parents Association organizes the schools fee-based after-school program. The program runs until 4:45 pm, and students can choose from a variety of programs such as Lego building or gardening. Other extracurricular activities include a popular mathletes program led by a parent. Every Tuesday morning at 7:30 am, about 50 4th and 5th grade students participate in the math club, according to the principal.

Special education: The school offers Integrated co-teaching classes on most grades.

English language learners: The school offers push-in and pull-out ESL services during the school day. There is also a morning program, where English Language Learners can receive extra support before school starts.

Admissions: Neighborhood school. Gifted and Talented admissions is based on education department guidelines. (Pauline Zaldonis, June 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 the 2020-21 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
86% Citywide Average

From the 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
0% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
86% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From the New York State 2021 -22 Assessment Database

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?
50% Citywide Average

What is the Pre-K like?

From the NYC Program Assessment (CLASS and ECERS-R) Database through 2019-2020

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 the 2021-22 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners
Pre-K seats
3-K seats

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
92% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
26% Citywide Average

From the 2020 School Directories

How does this school serve special populations?

From the New York State 2021 -22 Assessment Database

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

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

Contact & Location


Forest Hills (District 28)
Buses: Q11, Q23, Q53, Q54, QM12


Jennifer Lucadamo
Parent Coordinator
Siobhan Kyne

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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