P.S. 174 William Sidney Mount

Grades: K-5
65-10 Dieterle Crescent
Queens NY 11374
Phone: 718-897-7006

Our Insights

What’s Special

Theater, music, trips

The Downside

Some classes meet in a portable on school grounds

The cupola atop PS 174 can be glimpsed through a stately row of oak trees lining a curved sidewalk in a neighborhood of attached brick houses in Rego Park. This orderly school has a gifted and talented program and partnerships with museums, the ballet and theaters that enliven a old-fashioned approach to instruction. In school, children study vocal music, drums, violin and drama.

The school is in a neighborhood with an aging population, according to long-time principal Karin Kelly, but by growing the G&T (gifted and talented) program, and increasing the number of ICT (integrated co-teaching) classes that mix children with disabilities in general education classes, it has been able to draw students from south of district 28 and the far side of Queens Boulevard. There are two pre-kindergartens and five kindergarten classes; G&T are the largest in size with up to 32 children.

Buddy systems encourage friendships across age levels and programs to knit everyone together. Older children may apply to monitor kindergarten lunch periods, for example, and older and younger kids pair up for some social studies units. Kindergartners and 2nd graders study inventions and the work of Leonardo da Vinci together. Fourth and 5th graders make circuits as they study electricity. Children from various programs get to know each other on debate, robotics and stock market teams.

Kelly has been at the school for more than 25 years, as a teacher, literacy coach and administrator. She and her teachers write grants in the summer for many things such as to study inventions with the Cooper-Hewett Design Museum and to fund an early literacy program. "We take so many trips," Kelly added—to the New York City Ballet, New Victory Theater, New-York Historical Society, Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Opera.

Teachers connect with parents in several ways. The "remind" app is a school communication tool with bus routes and easy sign-in for parent-teacher conferences or to help with classroom activities. Parents are invited to take "learning walks" through the school, and to attend literacy events, like an Alice in Wonderland tea party.

A G&T teacher said her students do more group projects, more singing and more public speaking than children in general education. Instruction is less dependent on workbooks and photocopied worksheets, she said. Children in G&T studied the murals of artist Diego Rivera as a way to learn more about Hispanic heritage, and made their own murals, for example. Kelly said all classes are intentional about covering "the basics," meaning handwriting, math facts, spelling, grammar and phonics.

English learners are grouped in one class, and one of their teachers brings in animals from his home collection. The children especially enjoyed watching snakes hatching from eggs, according to Kelly, who believes English speakers benefit from the excitement this generates, as well as from daily routines such as saying the Pledge of Allegiance.

School surveys show friction between Kelly and her staff. Some have been disgruntled by schedule changes that are out of her control, she said. To build a more positive tone school-wide, everyone reads the same book on a social theme and teachers study topics together, such as "growth mindsets" — the work by Dr. Carol Dweck on how to increase effort and learn from mistakes.

Some classes meet in a cramped portable on school grounds and must double up in classrooms in the main building when it snows. Instead of resorting to videos on cold and rainy days, like some schools, however, children enjoy well-supervised games on the auditorium stage.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: Team-teaching classes on every grade. In one, a teacher used a microphone as two children, one with autism, demonstrated how to give peer feedback on writing. The teacher encouraged the child with autism to give positive feedback, a challenge he was able to meet with her guidance.

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school with a district-wide gifted and talented program. (Lydie Raschka, November 2016)

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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 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?
50% 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 the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

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

How does this school serve special populations?

From the 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


Rego Park (District 28)
Buses: Q11, Q23, Q38, Q53, QM12


Karin Kelly
Parent Coordinator
Laura Hui

Other Details

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

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

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