East Elmhurst Community School PS 329

Grades K-3

What’s Special

Focus on community

The Downside

Too soon to say

Our Review

East Elmhurst Community School opened in 2013 to help ease overcrowding in the area. The school's mission is to help children be "curious, creative, courageous and critical thinkers," who can work well with others.

Principal Rachel Staroba-Hallenbeck taught special education in Woodside, Queens, and English language learners in an after school program. She has a masters degree in education of children with disabilities from Brooklyn College. Prior to joining the NYC Teaching Fellows program, Rachel was a community organizer in upstate New York.

East Elmhurst teachers use the Responsive Classroom approach, which begins with a "morning meeting" to set a positive tone for the day. Teachers give children choices throughout the day to build independence, and try address small problems before they become big.

Like many elementary schools, children work on activities in "centers" following month-long thematic units.

The school will be housed in the former La Salle Catholic School at St. Gabriel Parish, which closed in 2011 [see photo at right].

Other offerings include after school programs and Saturday tutoring, sports, and monthly family literacy nights.

Admissions: Neighborhood school. To learn more about zoning changes read this article in the Times Ledger. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, November 2013)

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

From 2016-17 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
70%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
100%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
100%
85% Citywide Average

From 2015-16 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
0%
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
38%
77% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
4.0

How do students perform academically?

From 2017 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
64%
43% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
52%
42% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2017-18 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
380
Asian
3.0%
Black
7.0%
Hispanic
86.0%
White
3.0%
Other
1.0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
93%
Students with disabilities
18%
English language learners
47%

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
94%
93% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

This school offers Dual Language classes in Spanish.

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2017 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
23%
21% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
17%
15% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
45%
21% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
24%
9% Citywide Average
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Location

26-25 97th Street
Queens NY 11369
East Elmhurst (District 30)
Buses: Q19, Q23, Q48, Q49, Q66, Q72

Contact

Phone
718-505-6050
Principal
Rachel Staroba-Hallenb
Parent Coordinator
Karolhyn Vega

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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