School Details

P.S. 169 Bay Terrace

18-25 212th St, Bayside, NY 11360
(718) 428-6160
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 347 students 12 students/teacher (NY avg is 13)

Test Scores by grade

50%
41%
31%
63%
56%
34%

New York State Assessments (NYSA)

In 2011-2012 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 results for English language arts and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles and the science results will be added when they are released in the Fall of 2013. 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • New York City Geographic District #25 average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

63%
43%
30%
79%
60%
36%

New York State Assessments (NYSA)

In 2011-2012 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 results for English language arts and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles and the science results will be added when they are released in the Fall of 2013. 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • New York City Geographic District #25 average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

40%
45%
30%
51%
53%
30%

New York State Assessments (NYSA)

In 2011-2012 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 results for English language arts and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles and the science results will be added when they are released in the Fall of 2013. 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • New York City Geographic District #25 average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

P.S. 169 Bay Terrace is a public elementary school in New York. The principal of P.S. 169 Bay Terrace is MS. VANESSA CHAMBERS, who can be contacted at vrchambers@schools.nyc.gov. 347 children attend P.S. 169 Bay Terrace and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Asian. 5% of the P.S. 169 Bay Terrace students have "limited English proficiency." 39% of the 347 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at P.S. 169 Bay Terrace is 12:1. Hebrew Schools Of Northeast Queens is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 47% 18%
Asian/Pacific Islander 31% 41%
Asian 31% %
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 11%
Hispanic 18% 30%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 0.2%
Multiracial 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 39% 68%
Limited English proficiency 5% 20%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I love this school. I am graduating this year and I don't want to say goodbye to it. There is one part of this school I have been ready to say goodbye to for YEARS which is the lunch aids. They are extremely rude and treat us like trash. One day they made a kid cry and yelled at him for crying. Overall I really like this school and never want to leave. - Submitted by a student

  • (1 year ago)

    This is my school. I am 7. I am in mrs rothsingers and ruddens class.It is the best school that I have ever been too!!!!!!!!!!

  • (1 year ago)

    This is our second year at this school. I am very impressed by the hard work of the administration and the teachers. The administration is very informed on all of the kids. They try to promote a respectful environment and stress anti-bullying. We get emails at least once a week from the principal (aside from the constant emails we get from the teachers and the PTA) which keep us informed as to what is happening at the school. The parents at the school are very involved and any parent who wants to help out for school functions is welcomed! I'm not on the PTA but I've always been welcomed to volunteer for the school activities. Also in response to an older posting the DOE for NYC starting with the 2012-2013 school year reformed the special education rules so the services must be offered at the zone school. Meaning that PS 169Q offers special education services (except it is not a barrier-free school i.e. no elevators.) I have one child with special needs and I must say that the administration and teachers have been very helpful with providing for the needs of my child. I wish other NYC schools were as awesome as PS 169Q. It's such a small community it's like a family.

  • (1 year ago)

    My school is PS 169 Bay Terrace - I would like to see a little more flexiblity on the part of the PTA. Allow and rotate the parents who would like to participate in school activities functions and events.

  • (2 years ago)

    My children has been attending this school for the past five years and I can only say good things about the school. Yes some of the young teachers are not as good as some other experienced ones but overall everyone works hard to prepare the children for higher grades. School library is great they participate in the ballroom dance and encourage everyone to participate the computer teacher Mr. Gursky is loved by all the students and running a great EPI Robotics club. There has been a lot of improvements since Ms. Rosa took over so I am surprised read that negative comment. It must be personal. The only complaint which comes directly from my children is the quality of lunch especially on Fridays where there is pizza and they claim that the lunch aids are often rude to the children. The school is safe clean and has a lot of opportunities for everyone so I would recommend anyone who would want to move to the area.

  • (3 years ago)

    I am so upset with majority of these reviews! My children attended this school for two years prior to relocation out of state this past summer. This is an amazing school with great leadership. I bet you all the "unhappy" parents are NEVER involve in anything the school does!!! They don't attend the PTA meeting or participate in any of the school activities. I was a very involve parent and know for a fact there NO way any involve parent would post some of theses RIDICULOUS comments. I am a single mother who works full time and still made my children s education a priority and that does not mean leaving everything to the administration. We are now located in a very affluent Connecticut neighborhood where they are just now getting Smart Boards in their school...PS. 169 has had it for years. I miss this school even more now that I have something to compare it to. This school is that of a Private school! Get involve! Get to know your Administration! Get to know your child's teacher! and you will quickly see ALL the HARD work that goes into making a school work!.

  • (3 years ago)

    I love being at this school. This is the best school ever. All of the teachers are doing very well.

  • (3 years ago)

    i am a student of this school i have attended it since 2nd grade. It is a great school i should know. Iam a very gifted student all the parents dont know they didnt go to the school did they. The teachers are great and fun though i had one teacher who i not sure followed the curriculam. I am on the cheerleading team 2 years in arow. i a graduating and excited the kids are nice though the lunches are probably the lowest in the district.

  • (3 years ago)

    my child entered this school in september the new principal is not fit to run this school she has no clue and i am suprised how she got this position

  • (4 years ago)

    Wow... I attended this school 30 years ago and now living in Manhattan I'm looking to move back to Queens and--in particular--as close as possible to PS 169 thinking that it'd be great for my daughter. I'm so surprised by these reviews it's saddening too. It's amazing but I'm thinking I may move instead to Queens Village or something like that. So much for the mighty districts 25/26... I'd rather be near a quality school. I sincerely appreciate the feedback of the parents who commented here. Thank you.

  • (4 years ago)

    If you want your child to receive a cosmopolitan education within the suburbs P.S.169 is the school for you. It offers many enrichment clusters that culminate into trips to the best cultural institutions New York City has to offer. The Ballroom dancing program is done throughout the city but P.S.169 s 4th and 5th grade classes really turn it into a coming of age ceremony when they put on a dance show that would cause even the most skeptical parent to beam with pride. The Principal of P.S.169 takes a personal interest in each student and you may have to wait 5 minutes but her door is always open to discuss your child s issues. She handles situations in a thoughtful judicious and goal oriented manner. She has a particular knack as a problem solver and for understanding the needs of each age group from pre-k to the 5th. She runs a tight ship but it sails smooth and you will feel that your kids are cared for both academically and emotionally. One can really see why Ms. Kunin was awarded a Cahn fellowship several years ago. She articulates the schools plans and programs in a way that engages parents during her monthly Q & A sessions. The school is orderly and safe. The art and music programs always integrate the science curriculum in a model fashion. The show the 4th grade did on ecosystems was exemplary deserved accolades and could only be rivaled by the 1st grades weather show. There is a parent book club. The Parent Coordinator is approachable and offers tons of info that parents need to help them navigate the busy school year filled with test prep spring flings and a carnival ( all thanks to a tireless P.T.A.). There is a basketball team for 4th and 5th grade as well as a cheerleading squad. The atmosphere at P.S.169 feels like a small community and the school teaches my children how to be good citizens within a community. P.S. 169 fosters an attitude of responsibility and respect for fellow students. Classmates really are taught to work in Teams. In a city where the cost of a private school education can run high I feel very fortunate to have found a gem in the suburbs.

  • (4 years ago)

    The teachers and administrator's are looking out for the best interests and education of the students

  • (5 years ago)

    I am a parent of 2 children who attended this school last year and I can say that the teachers range from moderate to exceptional and I was glad to see that one of them at least was able to be paired with an exceptional teacher. On the other hand the school is not prepared to work with any child that shows any signs of special needs even if the signs are very manageable so your child must be completely independent to survive in this school. It is clear that the Principal is rarely involved in any of the supervision with the teachers and is completely unapproachable. Her open door policy only works if she has not placed judgement on you or your ability as a parent.

  • (5 years ago)

    this school has helped me develop through out my education and understanding in development of growth

  • (5 years ago)

    My child attended this school until last year. I agree with the parents here who feel that this school has a lot of potential that is being wasted due to inept administration. This is a decent community school with some good teachers and active pta yet it does not live up to its potential because of how it is run. Teachers seem to get shuffled around each year without any say and not always with great results. The principal may attend meetings and school functions but is not approachable. One of the biggest problems is the fact that the school is often slow to respond on important issues and does not communicate well with parents. Fixing that would probably go a long way.

  • (5 years ago)

    After reading the reviews posted I can only agree with those who are begging for a change in administration. An average child will do well in any school but not here. Yes they offer extended day as all do yet the teacher quality is inconsistent across the grades and I know of students in this school including mine who have suffered and just wasted away over the year. When teachers are shuffled around so much year after year and are forced into a grade they are unfamiliar with teaching it is only the children who suffer. When supplying support to children means having another teacher mentor a teacher there's a HUGE problem. Again it is our children who suffer. The biggest problem is the administration who controls all and leaves you with nothing regardless of an open door policy as stated. This school needs help to get what it deserves.

  • (5 years ago)

    My son was a student at this school. And if there are no issues it's a wonderful school to attend. They have a lot of educational activities that most don't and the teachers are phenomenal. However the school leadership leaves a lot to be desired. The communication with parents is slow and many times we received notices about events either a day before or even after it has occurred. Although Ms. Kunin attends workshops and meetings stating she is open to parent involvement the attitude you receive upon entering the school shows just how untrue that is. If there are no special needs for your child it's great but be prepared to fight hard if the opposite is true. And it's too bad because there are tons of parents that are willing to do a lot for that school. And they and the kids are being let down.

  • (5 years ago)

    I was very distressed by the negative comments made on this website. As the principal I maintain an open door policy host a monthly question and answer breakfast attend all PTA meetings and school functions and I am always visible. I encourage parents to express their views directly to me so that we can find solutions together. Unfortunately all parents are not happy all the time. The majority of parents rate this school highly.

  • (6 years ago)

    This is the best school ever. This is were I learned english and made frineds that are always there for me and too this is my last year at school and I am having a the greatest time if my life because I am spending it with the friends that are true to me and the teachers that I will always think about through my life.

  • (6 years ago)

    My child attended P.S. 169 for 4th and 5th grade. In short this school desperately needs new Administration and leadership with a view on student success organization seasoned staffing and appropriate placement not just the bottom line budget - hiring unexperienced cheaper salaried staff to handle oversized classes. Starting from the top Replace all the current core Administration with strong caring intelligent leadership and save this school! It has all the potential but no innovative leadership.

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