P.S. 195 William Haberle

Grades: 3-K, Pre-K, K-5
253-50 149 Avenue
Queens NY 11422
Phone: 718-723-0313

Our Insights

What’s Special

Family-friendly school with lots of technology

The Downside

Low enrollment, test scores are low

PS 195 The Magnet Academy for Multimedia Arts and STEM, in the southeast Queens neighborhood of Rosedale, is a family-friendly school with an emphasis on the use of technology and multimedia in all its classes.

Students are always making something at PS 195. They investigate a topic for an extended period of time and design a project that makes use of technology. For example, during a science unit about extreme weather and natural disasters, first graders used the school’s green room to film public service announcements about different types of extreme weather, and they used the school’s Mac computer lab to do research and edit the clips they filmed.

In writing, fourth graders create storyboards digitally. Across grades, students use software and applications like Photoshop and iMovie, as well as the iWork range of office software like Keynote. Classrooms are equipped with smart boards, Apple computers and tablets. Maker spaces are being introduced in all the classrooms, making it easier for students and teachers to work on arts projects across disciplines.  

The school’s teachers are all experienced veterans and as one administrator pointed out, “our teachers don’t leave unless they retire.” The teachers have a good working relationship with the administration, according to school surveys. They have adopted the changes to curriculum brought about by a 2016 magnet awarded by the education department, taking advantage of the new equipment, technology, new certifications and trainings. Almost all teachers would recommend the school to other families, on school surveys.

In addition to in-class projects, students and families have a wide range of programming of all types available to them. The Saturday coding academy teaches children coding and robotics, with different projects for different grade levels. On STEM challenge days, parents are invited into classes to work on projects with their children. The school was hosting a Poetry Slam for the lower grades on the day of our visit.

Pre-K students take Music and Movement classes five days a week. Fourth and fifth graders receive instrumental instruction 2 to 3 times per week and take their instruments home to practice.

The tone at the school is warm and inviting. Walking into the building there are collages of past students, photos of children and parents at different events held at the school, and parents chatting with each other and administrators. There is an active PTA and parent community, and multiple administrators said they would love to see even more parent involvement. Parent and student concerns are taken seriously by the administration, like renovations for bathrooms, which were made recently due to student suggestions.

Principal Beryl Bailey takes into consideration the needs of children and their families by keeping an open-door policy to hear their concerns.

The school administration has made a point to recognize the heritages of its student body. The school organizes trips to Washington D.C., and students have gone to the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Martin Luther King memorial. The administration makes a conscious effort to work on culturally and racially responsive lessons as part of their diversity efforts. The administration has also been partnering with other schools in the district to try and share best practices and addressing issues of race and equity.

The school still has quite a way to go in terms of raising test scores and its enrollment has been steadily dropping over the last few years. There is a Success Academy Charter school and a K-8 school within a 10-block radius. The hope is that the magnet program will help attract more families to PS 195. The school is nevertheless a clean, safe, inviting space for parents and students with a tight knit community of families and educators.   

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school has four self-contained classes and five team-teaching classes that mix children with special needs into general education classrooms with two teachers.

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school (Melanie Quiroz, June 2018)


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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?
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
81% Citywide Average

From 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 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
80% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 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?
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 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

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

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

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

From 2020 School Directories

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?
28% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
23% Citywide Average

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

Contact & Location


Rosedale (District 29)
Buses: Q111, Q85, X63


Andreanna Balkaran
Parent Coordinator
Mary Richardson

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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