PS/IS 270 The Gordon Parks School

Grades Pre-K, K-8

What’s Special

Art, music, dance and technology

The Downside

Children would benefit from more class discussions

Our Review

The Gordon Parks School, open to children from across District 29, is a small school with solid academics that sees the arts as key to developing the whole child. Students from pre-k to 8th grade may take visual art, music and dance, and the school has a teacher for each of those disciplines. 

Along with arts, Gordon Parks stresses technology, with students as young as kindergarten using tablets. The school has expanded its elementary school science and technology initiative into the middle grades, with instruction on coding and engineering fundamentals along with math and science. This, the school says in its Comprehensive Educational Plan, has enabled more 8th graders to take and pass the algebra Regents. Middle school students may also take Spanish and earn high school credit for that.

Located in a dramatic vertical building on a corner of busy, commercial Merrick Boulevard near the Belt Parkway, PS/IS 270 opened as an elementary school in 2003. Following some parent lobbying, the school expanded to serve middle school kids as well. Chayvonne Harper has been principal since 2012 when she replaced founding principal Eleanor Andrews. 

Gordon Parks has an after school program open to all grades. Among other activities, it offers dance and a program where students learn about filmmaking, photography, fashion design, acting, audio production and scenery creation.

Eighth graders go on a trip to Washington, DC, and the school holds special events such as a science fair and a cultural festival in Alley Pond Park. [photo from school website]

A downside: Children would benefit from more class discussions and less listening to the teacher talk, according to the Quality Review

On the positive side, the school’s yearly plan says all students at Gordon Parks are known by at least four adults in the building, and guidance counselors are available to help struggling students. 

ADMISSIONS: Open to District 29 students only. In middle school, priority goes to students who attend elementary school at Gordon Parks. (Gail Robinson, web reports and school data, September 2017)

 

About the students

Enrollment
706
Pre-K seats
18
Asian
0.7%
Black
96.3%
Hispanic
1.6%
White
0.1%
Other
1.3%
Free or reduced priced lunch
54%
Students with disabilities
15%
English language learners
0%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
116%
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?
11%
21% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
71%
76% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
57%
49% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
84%
84% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
91%
88% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
31%
45% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
5.2
6.6 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
87%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
86%
87% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
81%
80% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
89%
77% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
87%
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?
50%
60% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
62%
79% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
74%
82% Citywide Average
How many parents say their child's teacher helped their child adjust to Pre-K?
100%
97% Citywide Average
How many parents say this Pre-K program helped them consider which elementary schools would meet their childrens' needs?
75%
91% Citywide Average
How many Pre-K parents say their child's teacher gave helpful ideas for how to support their child's learning?
100%
96% 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?
31%
40% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
44%
42% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 3 dedicated spaces for Dance, Music, and Visual arts
This school has 3 licensed arts teacher in Dance, Music, and Theater

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
66%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
61%
60% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
73%
69% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I
How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
46%
29% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
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
1.75
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for ICT students
2.09
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
1.97
2.0 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
2.3
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
57%
69% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
70%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
84%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
84%
88% Citywide Average
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Location

233-15 Merrick Boulevard
Queens NY 11422
Springfield Gardens (District 29)
Trains:
Buses: Q5, Q84

Contact

Phone
718-341-8280
Principal
Chayvonne Harper
Parent Coordinator
Nia Laury

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