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Queens, NY
Students enrolled: 333

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144-51 Arthur Street
Queens, NY 11413

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(718) 276-2745
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September 11, 2014
Does a great job in many ways! I'm very grateful an emergency situation was handled with professionalism and with urgency. A lost child from a neighborhood school, could have had a different outcome but because they followed policy & procedure they saved a life.

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September 04, 2014
Great leadership, excellent teachers, and extra curricular activities!! My daughter excels in this school and I love the environment. I'm not sure it's the right school for students challenged with learning disabilities and IEPs.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2014
This is a great school, due in part to its small size and some of the fine teachers, but mostly because of the leadership of the principal and vice principal, Mrs. L and Mr. C, respectively. The atmospere is warm and caring. They truly seem to care about the students and their futures. I do hope that they get to do the 4th and 5th grade expansion, it would benefit the students and the community.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2013
PS 251 is one of the best schools in Springfield Gardens. My child has received a top notch education during his time at the school. They have an online grade book which allows me to keep up with my child's progress and they take the 3rd graders on a marine biology trip every year. Awesome school with great teachers!

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2013
The school staff are unfriendly and lazy. My daughter did have a few good teachers though. Dr. Kavalis was one of the best teachers there. He really should be at a better school. The PTA coordinator... pitiful. I had my daughter in girl scouts and most of the time she wasn't even there. It was a waste. Unless you force the staff to do something, they will not. The old lady with the grey ponytail and glasses is the pitts. She is so cold. I really can't understand why she is even in this field. Principal Loncke is fair and will try to fix a problem, but the rest of them? SMH

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2012
My daughter attended this school since she was 5. when she attended the 3the third grade , her teacher and the principal thought that she should be iin special ed. I fought that because i knew my child i knew how far she can go. when she ready for the test , the principal ask me if i have a 504 plan application to allow extra time for her on the test. I felt ver uncomfortable in that school and i know my daughter did too . Her teacher kept saying in front of the class certain kids he is worry about because knew they would not pass the test. He kept telling me get her tested. I know my child , we move i thought i could keep her in the school but we move to a different district and she started in the new school . however guess what she passed both test. . she is doing excellent in her new school. Ps 251 was ready to put her in special ed when the teacher had no patience. she is comfortable now and in the 4th fourth grade. Now she is getting 4 grade work on the level 4 graders are suppose to be .

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2011
The principle is not very helpful with resources for kids...The school is more of a high school than Elementary. I did not know the school was so bad until i enrolled my kids and showed up without notice the kids classrooms look like shelters. Very unacceptable

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2010
P.S 251 Queens in Springfield Gardens, NY is very dedicated to the kind of education their children receives. Their motto "Mentoring Every Child for Maximum Success" not only speaks to their commimtment to parents & teachers involvement in a child's educational process, but portrays their determination to stick to their core values and initiatives to bring about desired results.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2010
Please stop, look and listen. befor you enroll your child\children into this school. my son was a victim of not only physical and mental abuse. by his classmates. while his teachers turn their faces and pretended not to see any harm beig conducted. Teachers are mean disrepectful and degrading the children while the principal appears to be lost in space. if your children has special needs, they will not recieve the appropriate care . how do i know?? cause my child was Neglected. so if your seeking a teacher in the school that will allow your child to come home unhappy then this is the school for you.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 29, 2009
I love PS 251 because of the dedicated teachers and staff that work all year round to create and foster an environment that is constructive, positive, and practical. I have participated in several community service activities with the staff, students, and parents from planting trees in community parks, Refurbishing and painting the school playground, walking in the NYC AIDS walk 2009. To the creation and maintenance of a reading garden for the students.Even over the summer when the children are on vacation you can find teachers watering the garden and planting flowers, vegetables and herbs. I truley believe that the students of P.S. 251 benefit from the dedication of the teachers both in the classroom and outside of it. Thank you for considering P.S. 251

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September 16, 2009
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no rating September 15, 2009
P.S. 251 has the best garden, the greatest staff, and wonderful students!

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2009
This is a great school! Mrs. Loncke is a great principal! She makes you feel so welcoming and thats a very important for parents to feel. She always has time to listen to your concerns.

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December 08, 2008
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no rating January 16, 2008
PS 251 was a good school but has been on the decline in the past few years. Some of the teachers are great and enjoy what they do while others treat it as a chore. The school can definitely recover with new leadership and more parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2007
PS 251 is a good school and could potientially be a great school of there was more parent involvement. The teachers and parent coordinator do a good job but we as parents need to get a little more involved and make this school great.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 21, 2007
Majority of the teachers are great, principals are lacking leadership skills. School succeed because of ablities of teachers. Need more parent involment, more extracurricular activities.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2007
My son has attended this school for the past two years. I never had a problem until now. There is a lack of communication between the teacher and the parent. She has no control or discipline over her class. I don't understand why I consantly have to ask the teacher for my sons test scores. Where should it take her three months to give back the scores? I have spoken to the Principal about this issue. I thought that putting my son into the afterschool program would help with his studies, that was a waste. When he comes home his homework is always wrong. This goes to show you that the Principal doesn't have control over her school. Someone other than the Principal and the teacher should take action to resolve these issues.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2007
I have two children currently attending this school. The school is good for your child as long as they don't have any issues. They don't want to deal with the children who may be considered a problem. I have become very disenchanted with the school, especially with the principal.

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October 03, 2006
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August 26, 2006
Last year my child had a teacher who barely spoke English and this year my child had four substitute teachers from January until June. Leadership has also been an ongoing concern. The children in special education are treated very different from the general education children.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2006
Beautiful school decor, lovely staff of teachers and educational assistants. Helpful and caring environment. Excellent academic standards. Great choice.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2006
Great School, sorry it only goes up to the third grade. They need a better feeding program for graduating students.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2005
My daugther started from Kindergaten and it was great. She is now in 2nd Grade. Overal1, the reading and writing proficiency in the school are good, but the Math is terrible. They need to place more emphasis on the Math Skill.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2005
My daughter was almost 5, when she was enrolled in PS 251, spring field garden, then she cannot read, it was like magic, within two months, she reads very well, today she is a great reader. PS251 is a very good school.

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March 09, 2005
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September 08, 2004
My daughter was there for kindergarden. The cirriculum was ok. The Principle was involved but not enough. The classrooms were over crowded. About 27 children per room and the classrooms were small, leaving the students to chat. The trips were always unorganized. I paid for a trip and the teacher failed to take my child because I wrote her a letter explaining why I could'nt attend. My daughter was very hurt. I spent $72.00 taking her myself. They have all of these functions to raise money necessary and unecessary. I probably spent $1,000.00 toward these functions. I bought almost everything for all the class parties. The buses were horendus, never on time and sometimes never showed. My child will be attending a different school for the new year.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2004
My son is graduating this June. What a wonderful experience this has been. His teachers were all wonderful. His math and reading skills are excellent. The school is a safe, fun environment. I hope to get my daughter in for Kindegarten.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2004
My little gentleman will graduate 2nd grade this year. His overall experience at this school can be described as progressively fulfilling. I just wish the schools grade level was higher than 2nd grade. We are not ready to leave the PS 251 family yet. The school offers so much for the young mind to grasp and explore. The prinicipal Mrs. Jaqueline Jones is the best and demands the best effort from students, teachers and especially parents. I am looking and interested in finding an elementary school that will continue the standards that PS 251 has set for my little gentleman.

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Ps 251
144-51 Arthur Street, Queens, NY  11413
(718) 276-2745
Last modified Ps 251 is a Public school that serves grades K-3. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ps 251 Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 29 reviews. Top