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P.S. 222 Fire Fighter Christopher A. Santora School

Grades: Pre-K, K-2
86-15 37 Avenue
Queens NY 11372
Phone: 718-429-2563

Our Insights

What’s Special

Dual language program for very young students

The Downside

No gym or auditorium

PS 222 is an early childhood school serving pre-kindergarten through 2nd grade. It opened in 2002 and is named after a fire fighter who died on 9/11. Each year on that date children take a walk to honor the fire fighter, wearing red hats and t-shirts with his image [see photo from school website].

In addition to traditional classes, the school offers a dual-language program with instruction in Spanish and English on alternate days and begins in pre-kindergarten. All children receive lessons in music, theater and the visual arts. A resident artist works with classes as part of a program called Studio in a School.

The school has small "enrichment" classes, led by teachers based on their skills and passions. Children choose a theme from an array of choices. The faculty includes 14 classroom teachers, and other teachers who specialize in non-core subjects like drama, music and gym, as well as an English as a Second Language teacher, a speech teacher, a literacy coach and a special education teacher who works with children in their regular classrooms.

On the Learning Environment Survey, most teachers say order and discipline are maintained, yet 57 percent say there isn't a person or program to help students resolve conflicts.

There is no formal schoolyard, so a second-floor roof outfitted with climbing equipment doubles as a playground. The multi-purpose room serves as a gym, lunchroom, auditorium and special events venue.

Special education: The building is accessible to students who use wheelchairs. Students with special needs, including a handful from District 75, a citywide district for children with disabilities, are included in general education classes. There is a self-contained classroom for children with serious special needs.

Admissions: Neighborhood school. There is a waiting list for the pre-K program. After 2nd grade, students move on to other elementary schools in the area including PS 69, PS 212 and PS 149. (Lydie Raschka, web reports and school data, August 2014)

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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?
100%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
84%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
95%
85% 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?
67%
78% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
11.0

How do students perform academically?

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 2017-18 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
281
Asian
14%
Black
1%
Hispanic
69%
White
11%
Other
5%
Free or reduced priced lunch
77%
Students with disabilities
11%
English language learners
25%

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
93%
93% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Pre-K seats
36
This school offers Dual Language classes in Spanish.


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

Contact & Location

Location

Jackson Heights (District 30)
Trains: 7 Line to 90th St - Elmhurst Ave
Buses: Q29, Q32, Q33, Q49, Q66, Q72

Contact

Principal
Yvonne Marrero
Parent Coordinator
Walesca Brown

Other Details

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

Zone for the 2017-2018 school year. Call school to confirm.

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