School Details

Ps 203 Oakland Gardens

53-11 Sprngfld Blvd, Bayside, NY 11361
(718) 423-8652
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 & ungraded 807 students 16 students/teacher (NY avg is 13)

Test Scores by grade

79%
59%
32%
89%
75%
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 #26 average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

74%
62%
33%
89%
76%
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 #26 average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

75%
56%
30%
92%
78%
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 #26 average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Ps 203 Oakland Gardens is a public elementary school in New York. The principal of Ps 203 Oakland Gardens is MS. CAROLE NUSSBAUM, whose e-mail is cnussba@schools.nyc.gov. 807 students attend Ps 203 Oakland Gardens and identify mostly as Asian/Pacific Islander, Asian, and Hispanic. 8% of the Ps 203 Oakland Gardens students have "limited English proficiency." 39% of the 807 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Ps 203 Oakland Gardens is 16:1. Ps 46 Alley Pond is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • Arabic
  • Cantonese
  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 73% 49%
Asian 73% %
Hispanic 6% 15%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 16%
White, non-Hispanic 18% 20%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 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% 52%
Limited English proficiency 8% 8%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    The teachers are BULLIES GREEDY and MONSTERS at this school they have unrealistic expectations. This is a regular elementary school so I don't know what is the big deal it is extremely overcrowded a fire hazard and not safe here. If your child do not score 100% on every test they will not be considered GIFTED. Actually they don't even use actual numbers on test. Basically your child can not get one question wrong on the test everything has to be perfect.

  • (1 year ago)

    PS 203 is an amazing school supported by great teachers administrative and PTA. Projects are part of homework started from 1st grade. There are a lot of homework especially for the GT classes and homogenous classes.

  • (1 year ago)

    PS 203 is definitely one of the best schools in district 26. I moved here from Staten Island and I know I have made the right choice. My daughter just spent her first year at PS 203 as a kindergardener she totally loves everything of it. I have seen tremendous progresses and improvments since she started school. From not knowing the language reading or writing to now a regular reader who can read advance books and write her own composition novel etc. For Math the class didn't just teach her the basic but also teached finance courses so they can learn how to use and save money. That was awesome. Take acadamic aside my daughter just loves being in class with her classmates and loved the teachers. This is the most important because i want my child to be happy in school and enjoys learning period. I can see that overall kids in PS 203 share commom goals they love to play and learn together thats the atmospheres/ enviornments that PS 203/ its students & parents created. Its a team efforts PS 203 rocks.

  • (2 years ago)

    As a parent at PS 203 I am convinced this is the best school in NYC. I understand that some parents are frustrated with the school s culture of high academic expectations especially if their dc needs extra help. There is no peanut buttering of kids here. However in an increasing competitive global economy it s absolutely right for the administration and faculty to set the bar very high. The school s PTA works hard to reinforce this philosophy of excellence. If the price is for me to work an extra hour a week to provide my child with five extra pencils that he may or may not need so be it. If you don t buy into the school s rigorous focus or believe elementary school is too early for such scholarly focus then this is not the right school you. Frankly no school in this district is right for you. No school is right for every child and family. You re not obligated to buy a house in Bayside Hills It s a big City. However for my family I know they are laying a fantastic foundation for my children s future and I can't be happier that we re part of this community.

  • (2 years ago)

    Supposedly one of best schools in NYC but that doesn't say a lot about the school itself. Principal is not friendly and is focused on herself and test scores. She doesn't really care if the students learns or not. PTA is useless. They don't represent the parents. Just does what the school wants and tries to collect money from parents. Speaking of money they require you to bring more school supplies than any kid can ever use. In some cases 5X as much as what I've seen in Manhattan schools not far away. Best part about school teachers are good but only a matter of time until they get annoyed with rest of school. Worst part Everyone is so focused on standardized tests and how the school ranks. What about the kids growth and development? Apparently not important here. So not worth buying an expensive house in Bayside for this quality (or lack thereof) of education.

  • (2 years ago)

    PS 203 Queens was named a National Blue Ribbon School for its academic excellence by the United States Department of Education. Congratulations Principal Nussbaum and all the dedicated teachers and staff of this amazing school!!!

  • (3 years ago)

    Without a doubt P.S. 203 is one of the VERY BEST schools in New York. Every teacher here expects every child to excel. The principal expects every child to develop a strong academic foundation before they graduate. Some may argue this places too much pressure on children. My children can come back home and complaint during their summer recess at an Ivy League University.

  • (3 years ago)

    My 3 children and 5 nephews went to P.S. 203. The teachers are extremely caring and highly motivating to the students. The parents are very involved as well. The school is academically one of the best schools around. The big secret though is that their creative and performing arts programs are just as strong. The dance music drama and fine arts teachers work closely together to produce several performances per class during the school year and ALL students participate not just the talented ones. The school principal always comments that we have our own Broadway production. She is a tough administrator but very fair and loving. She cares about her students and her staff. When my youngest was nearing graduation she asked "Do I have to graduate? I don't want to leave P.S. 203 it's so fun here." That pretty much sums up how wonderful the school is. Strong Academics + Strong Arts = Top School It is true that a couple of secretarial staff could be friendlier but don't let them affect your impression of the school. They don't teach the kids.

  • (3 years ago)

    Great school. Great principal. Students push each other to do better. One of the crown jewels of NYC public school system.

  • (3 years ago)

    My son who is currently 5 is ready to attend kindergarden at ps203. The first person my wife and I had contact with was a lady (not to mention her name..) who handles all registration related applications. Not only was she impatient with us very unhelpful and rude. She provided incorrect info which may have cause my son to get into the school! After many attempts to get more info from her after we missed the open registration period (due to mostly her fault after given incorrect info!). She finally asked us to come in with our child with all the paper work for registration. We reminded ourselves to be very friendly and polite due the history of how she conducts her work. She actually refused to shake my wife's hand when we initially met at the lobby. Some how pretended not to even notice my wife had her hand up waiting to shake her hand and just asked us "where is your child"? (there were many people in the lobby at the time so she might not have seen our child). This lady pretty much gave us a very bad experience about this school I'm hoping the teachers and everyone else is not like her whatsoever.

  • (4 years ago)

    Have have raised 2 kids through PS 203 and find the teachers and staff knowledgable and helpful. I recommend this school whole-heartedly!

  • (4 years ago)

    my child doesn't like math and she gets very high scores. great school fun S.O days carnival day great school

  • (5 years ago)

    PS 203 is a great school. Some political stuff that goes on...otherwise...happy that my kids were privelaged to go.

  • (6 years ago)

    The Principal is very devisive and manipulative. If your child is not superior do not contemplate this school. Favoritism rules among teachers parents students.

  • (6 years ago)

    Its a great school for my child! It's a wonderful place to learn and very fun! The teachers and wonderful adults. They always succeed and it is a great place!

  • (7 years ago)

    Principal is contentious and devisive. She rules with an iron fist and if you cross her look out. The school constantly has its hand out for 'donations' and a steady stream of additional supplies for projects etc. Too much attention to test scores and teaching to the test. Far too much parental jockeying for 'top class teachers'.

  • (8 years ago)

    I agree with a previous post where the focus is on test scores and less emphasis on overall child development.

  • (9 years ago)

    One of the great schools part of District 26. Great educators many extracurricular activities and huge parent involvement make the Oakland Gardens School an atractive environment for the students and parents alike.

  • (9 years ago)

    This school is very diverse. It has an enhanced program of academics and activities. The community and parents in general are very involved. The principal is very devoted and the teachers are young prepared and energetic.

  • (9 years ago)

    I have a daughter who has been a student since Kindergarten and will be graduating June 2006. Overall I am pleased however I do have some concerns. Too much emphasis is placed on City and State exam preparations while some subtle and important learning criteria are overlooked such as penmanship vocabulary and wrting skills development. In addition basic intoduction to foreign languages science and history are not given the attention or emphasis which should be provided to nurturing elementary students. Finally class sizes are too large and the teachers are at best slightly better than moderate. In closing I'm concerned that overall student development is being sacrificed for school reputation and salary bonuses. P.S. 203 is a good school however if your looking for a 'great' school - look elsewhere.

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