P.S./I.S. 208

Grades K-8
Noteworthy

What’s Special

A solid k-8 school in an attractive building

The Downside

Hard to get to by public transportation

Our Review

Bright and beautiful, PS/IS 208 is one of several schools housed on a 32-acre campus with inviting buildings, a well-equipped playground, plenty of green space and sports facilities.  The school has a history of solid test scores and strong attendance.

Located far from any subway line,  PS/IS 208 occupies the former site of the Creedmore Psychiatric Center along with PS/IS 266, the Queens High School of Teaching, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and one of the sites for PS 993, a District 75 school that serves children with severe disabilities. Because PS/IS 2018 is not a zoned school, children come from throughout the area and arrive by bus or car at the end of an access road, which limits casual encounters among families and can make play dates a challenge.

Test scores in math exceed the citywide average; in English, they run average for the city, but exceed the district-wide average.

Eighth-graders can earn high school credit taking algebra and earth science. All middle school students take visual arts and can also choose from dance, music and theater. Students study a topic of the month, such as a country, or character trait, according to the school’s 2016-17 Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP). This culminates with a multicultural celebration in May at which parents, students and staff can visit student exhibits developed during their monthly studies.

James Philemy has been principal since the school opened in 2003. During his tenure, the school has maintained an excellent attendance rate and created a number of initiatives aimed at boys and at fathers. One, Mentoring Boys to become Successful Men, promotes motivation, positive self-image, and academic excellence in boys in grades k through 5, according to the CEP.

By most measures people in the building respect and trust one another, and 90 percent of teachers responding to the 2016-17 NYC School Survey said that they generally enjoy coming to work at PS/IS 208. However in the same survey almost 30 percent of middle school students said they did not feel safe in hallways, bathrooms and other common areas of the school and 61 percent said bullying was an issue. School leaders are taking steps to further improve the school environment such as an anti-bullying campaign, according to the CEP.

Children may participate in enrichment activities in the school’s Saturday Academy, according to the CEP. 

ADMISSIONS:  Open to District 29 students. For elementary school, priority for children whose siblings attend the school. Fifth-graders at PS /IS 208 get priority admission to the middle school. The school typically admits students from across District 29. (Gail Robinson, web reports, August 2017)

 

About the students

Enrollment
739
Asian
8.9%
Black
75.0%
Hispanic
12.3%
White
0.8%
Other
3.0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
54%
Students with disabilities
18%
English language learners
1%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a campus with PS/IS 266 and the Queens High School of Teaching, Liberal Arts and the Sciences
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
96%
94% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
6%
21% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
81%
76% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
61%
49% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
71%
84% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
97%
88% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
37%
45% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
13.9
6.6 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
85%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
96%
87% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
89%
80% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
76%
77% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
85%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
92%
86% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
79%
60% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
55%
79% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
81%
82% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Test scores

How many students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
42%
40% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
52%
42% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 3 dedicated spaces for Dance, Visual arts, and Media arts
This school has 3 licensed arts teacher in Visual arts (part-time) and Music

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
76%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
62%
60% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
72%
69% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I, Earth Science
How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
34%
29% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Benjamin N. Cardozo HS, Queens HS of Teaching, Liberal Arts and the Sciences, and John Bowne HS
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
Average math score for self-contained students
1.95
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for ICT students
2.39
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.09
2.0 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
2.46
2.3 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
2.1
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.27
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
72%
69% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
81%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
90%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
86%
88% Citywide Average
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Location

74-30 Commonwealth Blvd
Queens NY 11426
Bellerose (District 29)
Trains:
Buses: Q36, Q46

Contact

Phone
718-468-6420
Principal
James Philemy
Parent Coordinator
Devon Hunter

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