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PK-5
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Queens, NY
Students enrolled: 672

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16-10 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11357

(718) 352-3939
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October 01, 2013
Both my kids go to this school. One of my children are in the G and T program . So far with all the teachers both my kids have had , I have nothing but amazing things to say about each and every one of them. The school itself is truly outstanding !!! The entire staff is very friendly and very professional. They really go out of their way for their students, and most importantly the teachers make sure that learning is fun for all children. The fact that my children are excited to go to school every morning is just priceless to me as a mom !! Which parent wouldn't want that ? Thank you PS 209 for giving my children an outstanding education and an exciting , safe and very fun school experience.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2013
I have only positive things to say about this school and Dr McDonnell. Both my children go to 209...one in the G and T program and one not. Both receive a great education and Dr McDonnell does a great job addressing any issues should they come up. She knows all the kids by name and during all my interactions with her she clearly demonstrated that the kids were her priority.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2013
Love the school and the staff Dr McDonald is great as well as Mrs Fernandez my kids are very happy their Thank You for making my kids feel good

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2013
I also pulled my child out from the school. Principal played politics and would not do anything to improve the situation. The school only emphasized teaching for standardized tests. Not much value in teaching.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2013
I am an alumni from 209 and now am a college student. All I can say is that it was the best school I ever went to compared to my junior high school and high school. The staff for the most part seemed very dedicated and interested in helping us learn. I am seeing a lot of negative comments about the principal, I believe ms McDonald. When I attended she was vice principal and then became principal during my last two years. I generally liked her although I can't say that she knew everyone by name. She was happy all the time and was obsessed with smiley faces. To this day I think about visiting my old teachers at 209, except one which i advise you of, the science teacher, ms. keegan. She did not teach my class much from the 3rd to the 6th grade. She would make us copy pages of notes from the board and make us watch eyewitness videos. Then she would test us without really explaining jt and everyone would fail. Otherwise, the school is highly recommended!!

- submitted by a community member
June 13, 2013
Principal should resign. She has an ego, knows everything, yet doesn't know anything. SHe is not a parent so doesn't know the first thing about dealing with kids. I'm glad I smartened up and transferred my children out. The teachers are ok, not great, but then again, these teachers have to go by NYS standards so they basically have to teach for testing which really is a disservice to them since that can't teach anything other than for standardized tests. ANd this school is really focused on these tests and I have heard that they repeated hold kids back and make them go to summer school when they really didn't need to go. BEWARE!!!!

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2013
I agree, the principal should resign and start a career in politics instead because that is all she cares about. Each year, since my daughter has started there, each teacher emphasizes the importance of the State Tests and they all complain about how large the classroom sizes are. I admired that they cared about these State tests, until I found about all the politics that are involved. I have not seen her or any of her teachers do one single thing to help my daughter succeed in her school. As soon as they see your child is struggling, instead of the teachers actually doing their jobs and teaching your children or checking their homework, they mandate that your child get evaluated and go through all kinds of testing and deal with social workers. As soon as you mention to her that one of teachers is not performing well, she becomes nasty and will NEVER take the blame and nothing is done to correct the situation. After four years of only negative news about my daughter and no results, I am pulling my child out of this school that only cares about money and not the well being of my child. Good riddance!

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2012
I agree that the principal does not care, but the rest of the administrators care about the children continuously. Although, the work they gave was child's play (was not in ALPHA class, but got into SP in Jhs 194) I was always bullied in the school as well.

- submitted by a community member
April 15, 2012
A great and safe school in a very nice neighborhood. Teachers are excellent and very dedicated. Alpha classes are challenging. Very active PTA and parents involvement.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2012
this school is the best!!! there is no other like it!!! i think that the two parents that are saying bad things about it have no clue or there children are just not doing well in this school- why not then send them to another? if the school is so bad take your children out of it! this school is so caring and my children adore everything about even my friends with children in private school are jealous and are thinking of taking their children and putting them in this school!!!!! ps 209 is amazing and they have so much to offer for the children--- their plays are amazing and the kids are wonderful in them, this school is one of the best schools in queens--- dare to find another one like it believe me you wont be able to--- ps209 is above all the rest!!!! bellieve me !!!!!

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2011
If your child is not in alpha class, this school is not ideal. Principle is only focused on the alpha class. Alpha class will not accept new students even your kids improve dramatically. Principle is not nice and kind person. She is very compelling, not listening parents' opinion. She only cares about rating of the school. Some kids with not good manner are directed not to speak to evaluators of the school. During ESL exams for 5th graders, teachere misadministered not to answer some questions and some kids end up with no score. Principle's response is dull and not friendly since this incident happened not in alpha class. I was not satified with this school and principle.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2011
I guess my review will not hold on for too long, because it is HONEST. Principal is very self centered and only interested in getting more money in her pocket. She collects misbehaving kids from the whole district, then dumps them all in one class. There is a "madhouse" in the classrooms, but parents are not allowed ( except open shool week) so no one knows what is going on. There is a bullying in the 1 and 2 grade already, but she cares less. Would not even talk to a parents in person. I would not be surprised if she changes the tests answers just to get a better scores and bonuses for herself and those who serve her dearly . Bad School!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 19, 2010
Great School and excellent staff.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 19, 2010
P.S. 209 is an important part of our community. Great dedicated teachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 29, 2010
Because the administration cares, so far we have great teachers and families get involved.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2010
a school with a lot of integrity and balanced learning.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2010
Although the school seems to have dedicated teachers , some of whom my child loves, I don't think the principal has the children as her top priority. The PTA is frequently being turned down, and at a recent talent show where 30 kids performed, the principal didnt even acknowledge the kids' efforts. The principal has obvious favorites and her disdain for her non favorites is never hidden. Afterschool programs are often turned down or not even considered, the parent coordinator has brought extremely little to the table in regard to new, innovative programs, learning opportunities or outside funding. My child's teachers have all been excellent, but the overall leadership of the school is grossly lacking. It's the principals way or no way....which is a terrible method when running a school

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2010
Most teachers are great. The music teacher and science teacher are dedicated.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2010
We are very happy that our children are at PS209. It has great teachers, friendly administration, and involved parents/guardians. It is located in a very nice family-friendly neighborhood, very easy to find parking nearby if you want to volunteer at school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 19, 2010
I love this school because it feels so friendly. The community atmosphere is incredible and I know this is the best school for my children

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2010
Wonderful teachers and wonderful gifted program. Highly recommend.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 14, 2010
P.S. 209Q is a wonderful school. The principal is great. She really takes the time to listen whether it is for something good or bad. The staff is dedicated. What a great feeling when your child comes home from school, and says that she loves her fourth grade teacher.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 14, 2010
P.S. 209 is a great school. I just feel very safe to let my child have education there.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
PS 209 does extremely well on the state tests but education is more than tests scores and PS 209 delivers with dedicated teachers & a productive PTA that helps brings those extras to our children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
I love P.S. 209Q Clearview Gardens School because it's a warm, welcoming, and positive environment where great things are happening everyday.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2010
The principle knows all students by name and I think that shows her love and dedication to our children. I really can't say enough good things about 209. We just love it.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2010
P.S. 209 has such a warm, nurturing learning environment. I can't imagine my children anywhere else. They love their teachers and going to school. What a dedicated staff!!

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August 24, 2009
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September 17, 2008
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September 17, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2008
This school so far is excellent. they have volunteers outside in the morning opeining the doors, the principle and vice greet all the students. different holidays they have music as the kids walk in. The teachers are great the listen and help kids and parents. PTA always around. everyone is always around.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2008
My daughter was in the Alpha at 209. Unfortunately, our district was involved in restructuring the middle school and my daughter finished 5th grade at 209 and went on to JHS. This school offers a private school experience enriched with a strong music and choral program (my daughter was in both). All the teachers in the Alpha program were great - They engaged the children in meaningful discussions and experience. I just hope my son would make it to Alpha as well.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2008
This school is great. We have concerts and gym. We also have great teachers. P.S.209 also has a website where students can log in and take tests to help us in math and Language Arts

- submitted by a student
December 19, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2006
I have 2 children in the school. 1 is in 5th grade Alpha and 1 in first grade. The school is amazing. I have never had a poor teacher. The expectaions on the kids are high, but if your child is able to keep up, they will be very well prepared for middle school. I moved my son from PS 193 and I am very happy I did it. 209 offers a private school environment to public school children. Everyone form Dr. McDonell to Miss Alice makes the school a very special place.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 15, 2006
My son has only been attending for 3 months (4th grade). This is considered to be one ofthe better schools in the district. Unfortunately, it is under the constraints of the NYC Bd. of Ed. (Balanced Literacy), meaning forced scripted, uncreative methods of teaching. My son feels unnecessarily overworked and understimulated. Come on, HW on weekends for elementary age students? Even in Oceanside, considered a very good district,where we moved from, there was no HW on weekends, and my son said they made learining fun. Next year, the 5th grade is slated to have 34 and 35 kids in a class. My God! How is individualized learning supposed to take place? I,m actually considering moving again. I'm sure the teachers are basically qualified, and the administrators are doing what they can, but the city school system is the city school system. If you have a choice, stick with the suburbs.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2006
My son and my daughter both went to p.s. 209 for elementary school. Teachers do not care too much about the kids. Besides the standardized tests, there are no other tests given to the kids. And if you want to get into the gifted program, the only chance you can get in is when you are in kindergarten. If you miss that round of competition, no matter how smart you later on become, you will not be given another chance. Other than teachers in the gifted program, other teachers are not too involve or dedicated.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2005
PS209 is a fabulous elementry school. It offers a great teaching staff whom are knowledgable and personable. PS 209 offers an Alpha program which is geared to students who are on the fast track and can easily and quickly move though the ciriculum. The school also offers a wonderful science program where youngsters can explore science in interesting ways. PS 209 also has an excellent band and chorus program which a large number of students are involved in. In addition, participating on basketball team is also highly anticipated for the 6th graders as well as is cheerleading anxiouly awaited.

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June 26, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2004
Overall the standards are high. Looking at the statistics 209 has more kids in evey classroom next to every other local school and yet the reading and Math scores are substantially higher.

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Ps 209 Clearview Gardens
16-10 Utopia Parkway, Queens, NY  11357
(718) 352-3939
Last modified Ps 209 Clearview Gardens is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ps 209 Clearview Gardens Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 41 reviews. Top