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Elementary School Middle School High School

I.S. 059 Springfield Gardens

Grades: 6-8
132-55 Ridgedale Street
Queens NY 11413
Phone: 718-527-3501

Our Insights

What’s Special

Gifted and talented; strong community partners

The Downside

Some concerns about safety

IS 59 Springfield Gardens is a zoned middle school serving mostly Caribbean immigrants and a large African-American population in a neighborhood of single-family homes near JFK Airport.

The school has a Gifted and Talented (G&T) program called the Rising Star Academy which fills two incoming 6th grade classes. These students are expected to take four Regents exams plus the Spanish proficiency test to give them a good start in high school and help prepare them for acceptance to four-year colleges, said parent coordinator Sheryl Leverett. 

Most teachers say discipline and order are maintained, school surveys show. Teachers take workshops in Restorative Justice practices to help teens talk through problems before they escalate into fights. However, students still complain about bullying and some say they don’t feel safe in bathrooms and hallways, according to school surveys.

In addition to the G&T program, Springfield Gardens has the Northwell Partnership, which gives students a chance to travel to different medical facilities to look at career opportunities in the health sciences. Students also take part in mock trials and visit courtrooms as part of the Legal Outreach program; some students are mentored through this program all the way through college, Leverett said. 

IS 59 offers African dance and drumming in partnership with a local elementary school. The after school program is free and includes homework help, support in math and reading, and a sports program. 

The school shares a building with Success Academy Springfield Gardens Charter, a high scoring elementary school with strict rules for behavior that opened in the fall of 2014. 

Admissions: Zoned neighborhood school. The G&T program is based on 5th grade report cards, a teacher recommendation and an essay. Leverett said the school schedules interviews with promising candidates once this packet of information has been received. Students have been accepted from outside the district in recent years, mostly from districts 27 and 28. (Lydie Raschka, web reports and interview, March 2019) 

 

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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?
77%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
68%
82% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
74%
52% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
84%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
87%
81% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
1%
3% 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?
98%
75% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
1.0

How do students perform academically?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
29%
37% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
38%
42% Citywide Average

From 2018 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
Queens High School of Teaching, Liberal Arts and the Sciences, Benjamin N. Cardozo High School, and Excelsior Preparatory High School
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I, English, Living Environment, Spanish, US History

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
30%
32% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
599
Asian
2%
Black
87%
Hispanic
6%
White
1%
Other
4%
Free or reduced priced lunch
65%
Students with disabilities
19%
English language learners
3%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
90%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
31%
23% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Uniforms required?
No

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?
3%
14% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
11%
15% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
6%
14% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
6%
6% Citywide Average


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

Contact & Location

Location

Springfield Gardens (District 29)
Trains: N/A
Buses: Q3, Q5, Q77, Q84, X63

Contact

Principal
Kimlyn Greig
Parent Coordinator
Sheryl Leverett

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with Success Academy Springfield Gardens Charter School
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No

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

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