P.S. 11 Kathryn Phelan

Grades: Pre-K, K-6
Noteworthy
54-25 Skillman Avenue
Queens NY 11377
Phone: 718-779-2090

Our Insights

What’s Special

Happy teachers, experienced leader

The Downside

Waitlist in some grades for the after-school program

On career day at PS 11 in Woodside, parents talk to kids about their jobs. Among them are college professors, crossing guards, emergency medical technicians, teachers, school administrators, cab drivers, bakers, and shop owners and their employees. The owner of the new Japanese restaurant is a parent, as is the owner of a new hipster coffee shop.

The surrounding community has changed from a primarily Irish population to one where 50 different languages are spoken, but PS 11 continues to provide a solid education for its students. Teachers are experienced, with the majority of them having taught for more than 10 years. Despite the school’s huge size, teachers seem to love PS 11, according to sparkling school surveys.

Elizabeth Peña-Jorge became principal in 2014 but has been with the school since 1994. She oversaw the opening of a brand new building on school grounds that replaced a formerly cramped building in 2017 and now houses grades K–2. “It’s beautiful,” says Peña-Jorge. In addition to the lower grades, the space houses two art rooms, a science room and a media center.

The school has a growing population of young professional parents, says Peña-Jorge, as well as families who own apartments and houses in the neighborhood and those who live in the homeless shelter near the school. “It’s high-middle- to lower-income families,” she says.

The school serves students with different needs in a variety of ways. For example, it has six small “self-contained” classes, team-teaching classes that integrate children with special needs into general education classes, and “freestanding” ESL (English as a second language) classes for kids still learning English. These children remain with a specialist all day to get extra help.

The principal says a drama program in several grades is designed to get kids talking, acting and improvising, to help them learn new words in a fun way.

PS 11 has enough children living below the poverty line to qualify as a Title 1 school, which means it receives extra money to level the educational playing field. A downside, however, is that the after-school program is limited to 250 kids, so there is a waitlist in some grades.

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school. (Lydie Raschka, phone interview, January 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 the 2020-21 NYC School Survey

How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
96%
94% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
28%
28% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
93%
86% Citywide Average

From the 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
0%
0% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
100%
86% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
7.2

How do students perform academically?

From the 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
49%
51% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
49%
50% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
71%
66% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
63%
64% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From the 2021-22 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
743
Asian
32%
Black
2%
Hispanic
53%
White
11%
Other
3%
Free or reduced priced lunch
66%
Students with disabilities
16%
English language learners
26%
Pre-K seats
18

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
94%
92% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
17%
26% Citywide Average

From the 2020 School Directories

How does this school serve special populations?

From the 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
20%
28% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
19%
23% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
20%
28% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
13%
17% Citywide Average


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

Contact & Location

Location

Woodside (District 30)
Trains: 7 Line to 52nd St
Buses: B24, Q104, Q18, Q32, Q53, Q60, Q70

Contact

Principal
Elizabeth Pena Jorge
Parent Coordinator
Eileen King

Other Details

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

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

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