School Details

Ps 196 Grand Central Parkway

71-25 113th St, Forest Hills, NY 11375
(718) 263-9770
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 & ungraded 641 students 17 students/teacher (NY avg is 13)

Test Scores by grade

66%
33%
32%
83%
42%
42%

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 2014
  • New York City Geographic District #28 average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

74%
36%
33%
87%
47%
43%

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 2014
  • New York City Geographic District #28 average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

64%
31%
30%
82%
44%
40%

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 2014
  • New York City Geographic District #28 average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Ps 196 Grand Central Parkway is a public elementary school in New York. The principal of Ps 196 Grand Central Parkway is MS. SUSAN MIGLIANO, who can be contacted at smiglia@schools.nyc.gov. 641 children attend Ps 196 Grand Central Parkway and identify as Asian/Pacific Islander; Asian; and White, non-Hispanic. 6% of the Ps 196 Grand Central Parkway students are "limited in English proficiency." 22% of the 641 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Ps 196 Grand Central Parkway is 17:1. Bnos Malka Academy is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 46% 30%
Asian 46% %
White, non-Hispanic 38% 15%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 30%
Hispanic 13% 24%
Multiracial 1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.6%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 22% 69%
Limited English proficiency 6% 11%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    Principal expressly told parents that a teacher is not under any obligation to respond to a parent's email. The teacher told my child it's ok not to finish his homework. Bullying is tolerated at school. What kind of school is this?

  • (6 months ago)

    PS196 This is a terrible school. All they care about is the state test. The learning process is deteriorating and there is minimal homework. The administration mismanages this place in a shameful manner

  • (8 months ago)

    The Principal and Vice Principal are excellent and very involved in the children's education. They are responsive bright and set a great standard for the faculty.

  • (1 year ago)

    I went to this elementary school and I had a great time. The teachers are mostly nice and the learning material is up to date and sort of advanced. I loved it.

  • (1 year ago)

    P.S. 196 Grand Central Parkway is an outstanding school with emphasis on academics. Ms. Migliano is an excellent principal who has a strong leadership and most teachers (and not all) there are great. My older child went to PS196Q and has been going to Hunter College High School in Manhattan. My younger one has been going to PS196Q since kindergarten. I can only recommend PS196Q to every parent and child. You children will excel at this school.

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter is in third grade now and she has been at this school since kindergarten. It has its good and bad. I noticed that the people there yell a lot. To be honest I think it's due to an overcrowding issue. There are a lot of kids and the ratio of students to teachers is pretty high. Other than the yelling I have had good experiences...of course I have never had to talk to the principle or administration about any issues so I have no comment on how well they handle problems. But I have talked to them about possibly taking my daughter out of school for a month to leave the country. They were very helpful. They told me everything I need to know my options the forms to fill out and what will happen. The teachers have all been great. I like the new emphasis on teaching depth and introspection...especially in reading comprehension and writing. My husband and I are both engineers so my daughter gets a lot of math and science at home. I am grateful for the reading comprehension and writing aspect of the curriculum. I am just starting third grade so testing hasn't really been pushed a lot yet. I will find out this year how it goes as this is the first year of testing.

  • (1 year ago)

    When my child was at 3rd grade one day he brought home a math worksheet with an "Excellent" mark upside down. Then I found 5 errors in his sheet that were never identified by the teacher. It happened seveal times and I reached a conclusion that the teacher pretended that she checked students' work. I thought it was just a bad luck. But when he went to 4th grade I found no marks or comments on his homework assignments at all. The conclusion is that the teacher never checked homework. Without teachers' feedback how can a child learn?

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter has been at this school for two years already and she enjoys a lot!!! I'm glad with the teacher's feedback everytime she something to say about my daughter she sends a note and she calls me. It happened every time this past year. I was happy with it. Also every time they have presentations at school auditorium everything is very organized and beautiful decorated. Congratulions PS 196. Keep up the great work you all do.

  • (1 year ago)

    Currently I have two children in the school. They both have scored 99% on the G+T exam this past year. The teachers so far have been very communicative attentive and caring. I am also a product of the school and although I don't support the standardized testing at such young ages I firmly believe PS 196 does an amazing job preparing the children to score well. The parents in general are nice as well.

  • (2 years ago)

    My son is in Kindergarten right now and I have been very happy overall with the school. His teacher is extremely responsive and the parents in his class are very involved. My son does not have much homework perhaps a page or two each night and a short book to read which is perfect for him because any more would make him frustrated. I do hear that there are older kids who do have a lot of homework but thats public school. All in all every kid at this early age responds to school differently. But speaking from personal experience my son who did not transition well at all when he was in day care (since he was 2) tells me every day he loves school his friends and his teacher.

  • (2 years ago)

    We love this school - nurturing teachers and principal. My son became well rounded with interests in multiple disciplines including science reading music. As with any other school you need to do extra work at home if you want to be above average.

  • (2 years ago)

    I can not believe what these people are talking about< two of my children attended PS 196 and had the best time ever and I can't wait to have my jungest child start next year ))) every teacher that I ever had in that school ( my kids never had the same teacher which means I met a lot of them over period of 9 years) was great very well prepared cared for their kids academic performance and well being and my children both got into honors after finishing 5th grade at 196. Top elementary public school in NYC for over 30 years still remains on top thanks to good administration teachers kids and of course involved parents. PS 196 ROCKS !!!

  • (2 years ago)

    I agree with the other reviewer things have changed. The administration is bad. You are hardly ever able to resolve anything. They tell you how right they are and send you back. some of the teachers are plain lazy. No love for teaching and don't want to work especially with writing.The parent co-ordinater is not friendly at all! Inspite of all the emphasis on test scores the scores are dropping!

  • (3 years ago)

    My son attended K class. Always crying in the morning never happy after school. Teacher sit him next to a fan and my son got sick of course. Complaining to a teacher didnt help raising voice to her did. At one time a teacher scream to my wife telling bad things about our boy. As a father I must have did a few phone calls to a principal and after we got together her response was lets forget it its June what is a big deal. We moved to Forest Hills especially to a 196 district just for a good school. What a big mistake. Surely helps to log in to google and check reviews before moving. After all we did good out of bed situation we have moved our son to Our Lady Queen of Martyrs and we are fully satisfied.

  • (3 years ago)

    Used be a good school somehow it is been changed!!!! Almost no homework or just reading. no checking homework or just few check marks on her homework notebook. No more reading response writing either reading log. At PTA meeting teacher asked me to teach my child's weakness-Big time writing! What's going on this school???? BIG Disappointment!

  • (3 years ago)

    This school was a total nightmare for my son. The staff was selfish and only cared about test scores. Their playground was a flat blacktop where students could not take two steps without bumping into someone. Mean while there was a beautiful park next door. The lunchroom was noisy and dirty.

  • (3 years ago)

    Unfortunately the school seems to be trying to follow an Asian model with lots of homework overemphasis on testing senseless book logs and very few school trips. Kids need more fun and exposure to the amazing cultural resources that we have in NY all around us. The school concerts are elitist showcases for the kids of Tiger moms who have been practicing their 5 minute long classical pieces to perfection for years. Kids that have no formal training are not allowed to participate. Whatever happened to an old fashioned talent show where the kids have fun and anyone with any type talent can have a couple of minutes to shine. Just an aside...The Theater arts program was a lame attempt to infuse fun and culture into the school but turned out to be insane. Principal is obviously a frustrated b'way performer/director and subjects the kids to 3-4 hour long rehearsals in the hot auditorium without snacks or water. Towards the end it was 4 days a week until 6 or 7pm. Some kids don't even have speaking roles. Do not let your kids sign up for those plays---torture!

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is such disappointment. There are a lot of post on this site that make it seem like the school has competent caring and interested teachers. You can see by the rapid succession and short duration of time that the posts are being planted by the PTA or the school staff. Don t be fooled. The school has a tremendous number of incompetent employees and burnt or teachers. I ve found the staff to be completely uninterested in my child education or personal growth but rather interested in behavior problems and test scores. The teacher was missing work in my child folder had averaged grades up in correctly and give my child lower scores then she deserved when I pointed out the wrong averages she reluctantly changed the grade on the report card but did so with such a nasty attitude.

  • (5 years ago)

    I love PS 196 for the excellent academic reviews.

  • (5 years ago)

    The teachers and staff are excellent and dedicated to the students and community that they serve.

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