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Middle School High School

P.S./I.S. 295

Grades: Pre-K, K-8
222-14 Jamaica Avenue
Queens NY 11428
Phone: 718-464-1433

Our Insights

What’s Special

Safe supportive environment, lots of outreach to parents

The Downside

Not enough hands-on teaching

PS/IS 295 is a small, diverse PK-to-8 school in a new building with art, music and science rooms. [The photo on this page shows the school building which opened in 2007.]

Attendance is high and teachers give the school environment unusually high marks, with all teachers in a Department of Education (DOE) survey saying order and discipline is maintained and  95 percent saying most students pay attention when they are supposed to. Middle school students responding to the survey said the school was safe.

Standardized test scores are slightly above the citywide average. Eighth graders can take the algebra and living environment Regents exams. Although the school is small, it offers several middle school activities, including band and co-ed baseball. 

The city's Quality Review praised the level of student work and participation and found that the school set high expectations for all students, including those with special needs. However it said that the school could do more to promote hands-on learning and discussions. In its annual plan, the school also indicated it need to improve some aspects of instruction and encourage teachers to try new things. 

The school makes a concerted effort to communicate with families, a DOE report found. It regularly sends e-mails, text messages and newsletters to families and the principal meets weekly for coffee and tea with parents. Many parents participate in the school's popular career day. 

SPECIAL EDUCATION: PS/IS 295 offers team teaching classes with a mix of special and general education students, as well as self-contained classes. Students with disabilities score substantially lower than the city average on the state math test, and the school has made increasing those scores a priority. 

ADMISSIONS: Zoned elementary school. For middle school, priority goes to continuing 5th-graders but there is space for new students from elsewhere in District 29 as well. Students are screened for middle school admission based on their 4th grade standardized test scores and grades, behavior, attendance and a writing assessment. (Gail Robinson, Department of Education reports, November 2107)

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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 2017-18 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
97%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
92%
84% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
32%
50% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
52%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
88%
81% Citywide Average

From 2016-17 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 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
81%
78% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
6.8

How do students perform academically?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
54%
50% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
54%
49% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
53%
43% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
66%
51% Citywide Average

From 2018 Middle School Directory

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

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
61%
33% Citywide Average

What is the Pre-K like?

From this school's most recent Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS)

Instruction: Teachers ask kids to explain their reasoning when they solve problems

From this school's most recent Early Childhood Environmental Rating System (ECERS-R)

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 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
489
Asian
32%
Black
25%
Hispanic
32%
White
3%
Other
7%
Free or reduced priced lunch
72%
Students with disabilities
18%
English language learners
8%

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
95%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
18%
22% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Uniforms required?
Yes
Pre-K seats
18

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?
18%
22% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
14%
22% Citywide Average


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

Contact & Location

Location

Queens Village (District 29)
Trains: N/A
Buses: Q27

Contact

Principal
Deon Lavigne-Jones
Parent Coordinator
ALEXA NAVARRO LOPEZ

Other Details

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No

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

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