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I.S. 204 Oliver W. Holmes

Grades: 6-8
Staff Pick for Special Ed
36-41 28 Street
Queens NY 11106
Phone: 718-937-1463

Our Insights

What’s Special

Dual language Spanish-English classes; program for children with autism

The Downside

Some friction between principal and staff

MS 204 in Long Island City is a neighborhood middle school with a special science program, a well-regarded program for children on the autism spectrum, and a dual language program designed to make children fluent in both Spanish and English.

“Every time I walk in, it's like I'm walking into the best-kept secret in Queens,” a mother wrote InsideSchools, praising both the ASD NEST program for children on the autism spectrum and the magnet STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program that’s open to children from District 30.

Children take field trips to the nearby Museum of the Moving Image; to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in Manhattan and to other science museums.

While parents responding to school surveys are enthusiastic about Principal Faye Erstejn Kotzer, teachers are more critical. Fewer than half the teachers say she is an effective manager and fewer than half say they trust her, according to school surveys.

The school shares a building with Energy Tech High School.

Admissions: A zoned neighborhood school, MS 204 admits children from District 30 to its STEM magnet program. Student from anywhere in Queens may apply to the dual language program, with a preference to Spanish speakers. (Clara Hemphill, web reports, May 2019)

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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 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
58%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
80%
82% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
62%
52% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
61%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
73%
81% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2%
3% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
52%
75% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
3.9

How do students perform academically?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
31%
37% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
38%
42% Citywide Average

From 2018 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
Long Island City High School, William Cullen Bryant High School, and Information Technology High School
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I, Earth Science

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
36%
32% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
460
Asian
16%
Black
19%
Hispanic
58%
White
6%
Other
0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
89%
Students with disabilities
26%
English language learners
18%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
93%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
27%
23% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Uniforms required?
No
This school offers Dual Language classes in Spanish.

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?
7%
14% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
10%
15% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
4%
14% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
4%
6% Citywide Average


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Contact & Location

Location

Long Island City (District 30)
Trains: N Line, Q Line to 36 Ave-Washington Ave; M Line, R Line to 36th St; F Line to 21st St - Queensbridge; E Line to Queens Plaza
Buses: Q100, Q101, Q102, Q103, Q104, Q66, Q69

Contact

Principal
Faye Erstejn Kotzer
Parent Coordinator
Andres Espinal

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with Energy Tech HS
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No

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

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