« Back to compare
/ / School Profile

Contact this school

201-02 53rd Avenue
Queens, NY 11364

School website
(718) 423-8621
Nearby homes for sale
Map of Ps 162 John Golden address.

Profile Completeness

INTERMEDIATE

Want to improve this school’s profile? You can!

All schools on GreatSchools begin with BASIC completeness, which includes important information like contact details and test scores. It’s up to the school community to take the next steps. As a parent or community member, you can share what you know with other families by writing a review or answering a few questions about what the school offers. As a school leader, you can upload photos, describe school programs, and more with an Official school profile.

The completeness meter moves to INTERMEDIATE, then ADVANCED, and finally HONOR ROLL as you complete the following: 10 or more reviews, at least 1 photo, and 9 program questions parents find helpful.

Want to improve this school's profile?
for Parents
for Schools
 
November 26, 2014
The school is mismanage and student care is the last thing on their minds. Dangerous - a parent was struck and killed in front of the school while dropping off her kid in 2010. After four years, it is still chaotic and dangerous to cross the streets around the school. The idea of starting half of the school early might solve the problem never cross this people's minds. Students are forced outside during frigid weather on recess for "fresh air". Of cause they need "fresh air" when they have to wake up at 7 to get ready for school that starts at 8 and when the thermostat set at suffocating 80 degree. Opening the windows or lowering the thermostat doesn't seem to an option for them. My son's K teacher had other students in the school to check her students' HW. His eyelid had an infection for three years because she was too lazy to check his folder that he has allergy and sent him out on recess in the Spring. The only HW, other than math, that his 3rd grade teacher gave him for the whole year was writing spelling words 3x. She might be a friend of the K teacher because she had the students cross check each others HW. These 2 "teachers" are still with the school.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2014
This is an outstanding school in Queens. My son attended the first half of the year in Kindergarten here. School was very organized. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Teachers are ok. Some better than others from what I heard and seen. But the school itself is really good. We had to move in the middle of the school year. We moved to Manhattan and my son currently attends one of the most prestigious (as they call it here) in Manhattan but let me tell you: here in the city they are way behind PS.162! My son was starting to read in kindergarten (when at PS 162). When we moved here, the children in Kindergarten did nothing but play and eat sugary treats all day! Also, the schools in manhattan are very disorganized. I miss how PS.162 was so organized. The Principal and her Assistant were always in the school yard in the morning. The parent coordinator Debbie was the best. Always friendly, approachable, and ready to help. I have nothing but good memories here. If your child is here, congratulations! This is a wonderful school! If you're considering enrolling your child, I wouldn't hesitate for a minute!

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2014
My son transfered to 4th grade and he is now in 5th grade at P.S.162 John Golden school. I have very good experiences with the school teachers and staffs. My son felt like he can do anything with his current teachers. His 4th grade teacher was very accommodating and 5th grade teacher is very good at motivating students, at least it is the case for our son. Our son excelled beyond our expectations. I have seen many parent coordinators in the past but nobody is as dedicated as Ms. Debora Strassburg at ps162. She is very knowledgeable and approachable. I always feel comfortable asking her questions or clarifications. If It wasn't for too many fundraising events, I would have given the school a 5 rating.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
Great school, and good teachers in PS162, the school have musical, baseball , ballroom, State test prep and so on for afterschool

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2013
This is a HORRIBLE school. They do not care about the kids. They only care about public appearance. And all they do is fundraise for the PTA, however I have yet to see any of the funds benefit my kids. Most of the staff, including the teachers need to retire or find a new career. The parent coordinator is not there for the parents or students. And, this is a big BULLY school. The principal is the worst offender. You would think that if a parent calls to discuss this issue she would have the decency to return the calls. They do not address this because they themselves are Bullies. Can't comment about the current PTA, but in previous years, they are the worst offenders in breaking the rules. They would be the ones ready to run you over with their huge SVUs because they were late in dropping or picking up their kids and they will never stop at the STOP signs. The only time any issues are addressed at this school is when someone gets seriously hurt. I would NOT recommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2013
This school is horrible, my child had such a bad experience here and she still talks about how much she hated going to ps162. The school does not care about the child at all, all they care is about test scores. If your child doesn't meet the standards, instead of giving them the extra care that they need they just hold them back. The principle and the teachers act nice and caring in front of you but all they care is how they are going to get better scores and if they think the child can not perform they just take the chance away from you, is that fair? Your child doesn't even get a chance to take the test, so how do you know if your child is going to pass or fail?, they just decide you are not good enough and take that chance away from you and call you a failure even before you have failed. My child is in private school now and she loves it, she loves going to school, the staff is very friendly, her teacher is wonderful and absolutely no bullying. According to her new teacher she is up to date and doing fine has no problems academically. I DO NOT RECOMMEND PS162 TO ANYONE IS A HORRIBLE SCHOOL

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2013
It's an average school for district 26. It all depends on what teacher your child will get. Some of them are amazing, and some are lazy and should be fired.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2012
The teachers there are great. School environment is excellent. The new Principal is very warm and friendly who tries her best to make the school become a very safe place for students to learn and grow. But the admin. workers there are very unprofessional and also very unfriendly. They never said " Thank you", "Please", "Sorry", and I guess they've never attended the kindergarten. I heard they yell at the students and treated parents in a very rude manners. The worst part is that they acted like they are the big boss who control the school. Don't forget that without all the parents supports, the school can not function well. Remember, you are only the worker there, not the President of the school.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2011
my son went to this school for 2 years... little recess time, art and music ... the teachers are constantly screaming in the hall wall. The staffs don't welcome parent involvement. Parents are not allow to go in the classroom to celebrate birthdays. All the administrative staff including the principal are unfriendly. My son is really shy and he said the teacher is constantly yelling at other trouble kids. Overall.... a very NOT caring school.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2011
We've been in this school for 10 years. I wrote a 5 star review after my child's first year here and now its down to 1. The principal prior to the one who recently retired seemed to have it right. Most of the attention in class is spent on the loudest child-usually with behavioral issues. There is a lot more bullying going on. It has come to screaming matches and tears among parents in the yard during pick up. Most of the teachers are Wonderful educators, but there's a handful that are more concerned with their cell phones than their classrooms. They should be required to leave their phones in their mailboxes upon entering the building so they are not tempted to use them during working hours. Everything in this school is about the testing. This is not my idea of a well-rounded education. Huge lack in the spelling dept. What happened to the annual spelling bee???Positive changes are definitely needed. Parent Coordinator has made some, maybe she can bring back plays & trips too. Keep in mind: disrespectful, loud children get the attention here. If your child is quiet but may need help now and then, there is a good chance they will fall through the cracks of this overcrowded school.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2011
My son is about to graduate PS162. He is going into Middle School. This is one of the worst schools possible. I was on the PTA for years and very involved in the school. I had a different opinion from the principal and was severely retaliated against. I only asked that the kids get a real recess and not be made to stand in line during the whole time, field trips, access to class parties, art and to feel welcomed in the school. Apparently these things are too much to ask for. I have switched my younger daughter to PS130 and it is like the opposite experience. I now know what an excellent school is. PS 162 should be slated to close and start all over with a whole new administration and I mean completely new. Beware if you are stuck with this school. Ask your children what is going on and follow up on what they say. They are most likely telling you the truth.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2010
I give it a 5-star! My son just started the kindergarden in PS 162 this September, and I have noticed that my son has been learning a lot every single day. The Principal is a very warm, organized, and professional school leader. The teachers there are very passionate in teaching. My son is so happy to go to the school, and he even asks me why he can not go to the school on Saturdays and Sundays!

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2010
I love the dedicated teachers - they put in much more that a regular workday and it is obvious as soon as you enter the school. My child is always happy to go to school and his older sister has only fond memories.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2010
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2009
My child,Winnie has been in PS162 for 3 years and is in 5th grade.For her state tests,she always get a full score.I recommend people to go to PS162.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2008
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2008
The teachers in this school are great. My daughter attends this school and have so far received a great education. The parent coordinator has been a great help to me. I'm so glad the school has her.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2008
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a student
April 11, 2008
I am a parent of two children in this school and I would like to acknowledge our Parent Coordinator. She is a wonderful asset to our school. When a problem arises, we as parents know that we can go to her and she goes over and beyond to make herself available and see the issue through to the end. Most importantly, our children know that they can go to her at any time if the need arises. She shows exemplary service in her duties and we are proud to have her as our Parent Coordinator

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2008
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2007
I just graduated from this school last year. I thought this school was a great experience. The teachers teach you if you don't understand. The principal is nice, but she was also strict. I thought this school met all the standards. This school even got us ready for junior high. They got us ready by: Each teacher was teaching a subject. We went around the school to get to our classes just like junior high. It was fun. A former student, Christie

- submitted by a student
October 20, 2007
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2007
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a former student
February 14, 2007
I graduated from 162 2 years ago. I loved the experience. The teachers were wonderful. I learned alot.

- submitted by a former student
January 24, 2007
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2007
My child is in Kindergarten currently and so far we've had a good experience. My child's teacher is fantastic and caring. We were lucky to get one of the best. My child is learning so much and is reading books on her own now. They focus primarily on reading and math. However, art and music do not seem much of a priority if any at all. I'm not even sure what they do for physical education either. The majority of the children come from Asian immigrant parents, therefore, there is some hesitation to participate due to work schedules or lack of understanding English. Overall, its a good school, but it would be nice if all the teachers were as great as the one my child has this year and if there was more of an emphasis on creativity and the like.

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2006
My son attends this school and I feel that the quality of the teaching staff is excellent. These are wonderful caring people. I have had some not so wonderful experience with the administration. They are not concerned with the students as they should be. I've also sought the help of the parent coordinator and found that she was not only concerned with my child but also with me as a parent. The school has some exceptional qualities and the administration should open their eyes and give some respect to it's staff of dedicated teachers.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
I believe the negative review below is unfair - there was construction being done around the school and the children were kept indoors for their safety for most of 2005. The school also has a large percentage of students for whom english is not their first language. I have been in the school for four years and have had a completely opposite experience. The teachers have been caring and wonderful. The PTA is excellent however participation on the part of many parents is non-existent. I hope the reviewer's experience has improved because this school can be a wonderful place for a child to learn.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2006
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a staff
March 15, 2005
This school provides a safe and nurturing environment for young children. My daughter in in kindergarten, so this was our first school experience. We see great improvements in her scholastic proficiencies and at the same time she's having fun. The PTA is very strong and adds to the overall atmosphere. The school has a healthy ethnic mix that introduces children to the 'melting pot' environment of NYC.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2005
My daughter attends P.S. 162 as a first grader. She has always recieved wonderful attention from the teachers, and the principal is very involved. I am very happy with this school, it is a star NYC public school.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2005
My child has atttended PS 162 for 4 years. It is one of the worst schools academically in District 26 even though its test scores put it over the citywide average. It is extremely overcrowded and special services like occupational therapy are given in the hallway, much to the embarassment of the child receiving it. Classes average at least 25 students and many upper grades have over 30 students. The students are jammed into the cafeteria for lunch where they sit shoulder to shoulder on benches and shoving is common practice. The students seldom go outside at lunch and physical activity is discouraged. The children basically sit for 6.5 hours. Teacher quality is uneven. Many older teachers don't even bother anymore, they are just waiting to retire.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2004
I choose to send my child to PS 162 and I am very happy with the decision. The teachers, staff, principal are very dedicated to the students. My sons teacher was excellent and from what I can see the other teachers are just as outstanding. Mrs. Durando, the principal, always has a smile on her face and with such a large student body, I am sure that is hard to do. I really cannot say enough about PS 162. The high ranking of the school tells a great deal about the high quality of teachers that are there. I am glad that my children will be getting a great education in a safe and warm enviroment.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2004
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
Need help choosing a school? We can help »

Media Gallery

Media missing

Uh oh! No photos. This frame will look much better when you upload photos »


Nearby homes for sale

     

Last modified: December 12, 2014

Sign up for email updates

Connect with us

Translate this web page

About GreatSchools

Our mission is to help millions of parents get a great education for their kids. GreatSchools.org is an independent nonprofit and the leading national source of school information for families.


GreatSchools.org 1999 Harrison Street, Suite 1100, Oakland, CA 94612

©1998-2014 GreatSchools.org All Rights Reserved. GreatSchools is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization | Ad Choices

Ps 162 John Golden
201-02 53rd Avenue, Queens, NY  11364
(718) 423-8621
Last modified Ps 162 John Golden is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ps 162 John Golden Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 34 reviews. Top