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Ps 251

Public | K-3 & ungraded | 335 students

 

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Posted 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


Posted June 3, 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


Posted May 6, 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


Posted October 7, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2009

P.S. 251 has the best garden, the greatest staff, and wonderful students!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted December 8, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted February 1, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted May 9, 2006

Beautiful school decor, lovely staff of teachers and educational assistants. Helpful and caring environment. Excellent academic standards. Great choice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 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


Posted December 1, 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


Posted September 8, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 31% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
56%
Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
70%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

All Students27%
Female34%
Male20%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantaged31%
Students with disabilities18%
General population28%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English27%
Non-migrant27%

Math

All Students41%
Female48%
Male35%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged30%
Students with disabilities54%
General population37%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English41%
Non-migrant41%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

This school was not given a Progress Report Grade by the NYC Department of Education for the 2009-2010 school year.

About the tests


Progress Report Grades measure the school's contribution to student learning in three areas: School Environment, Student Performance and Student Progress. Schools can receive additional credit for achieving exemplary performance progress among high-needs students. Progress Report Grades range from A to F.

Source: New York City Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 2 93% 19%
Hispanic 1 2% 23%
White 1 2% 48%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 1% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 1% 9%
Two or more races 1 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 21%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 271%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 4%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 46%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 0%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
The NYC Department of Education asked parents, teachers and students about their school's learning environment. Results provide insight into school climate, such as whether the school is academically rigorous, safe, communicative and collaborative. Learn more

The information captured by the survey is designed to support a dialogue among all members of the school community about how to make the school a better place to learn. An overall category score is calculated for each respondent group (parents, teachers, or students) by averaging the scores of the questions within that survey category.

Category scores for each of the respondent groups are then combined to form overall category scores. Alongside the results for each school are the aggregated results across all NYC public schools, which are provided as a basis for comparisons.

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Based on 216 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
8.2
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.8
 

City average

 
8.0
 
Clear, useful communication about educational goalsWhat's this?

This score measures whether parents, students and teachers feel that the school provides information about the school's educational goals and offers appropriate feedback on each student's learning outcome.

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This school
8.1
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.5
 

City average

 
7.8
 
Strong parent, teacher and student engagementWhat's this?

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This school
8.0
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

This score measures how well parents, students and teachers feel that the school develops rigorous and meaningful academic goals that encourage students to do their best.

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This school
8.0
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.6
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents19061%
Teachers2696%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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  • MS. EDNA LONCKE

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144-51 Arthur St
Springfield Gardens, NY 11413
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