School Details

Ps 220 Edward Mandel

62-10 108th St, Forest Hills, NY 11375
(718) 592-3030
6

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 & ungraded 609 students 12 students/teacher (NY avg is 13)

Test Scores by grade

35%
33%
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43%
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

38%
36%
33%
50%
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

28%
31%
30%
40%
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 220 Edward Mandel is a public elementary school in New York. The principal of Ps 220 Edward Mandel is MR. JOSETTE PIZARRO, who can be contacted at jpizarr@schools.nyc.gov. 609 students go to Ps 220 Edward Mandel and are mostly Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 25% of the Ps 220 Edward Mandel students have "limited English proficiency." 74% of the 609 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Ps 220 Edward Mandel is 12:1. Ps 14 Fairview is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 9% 30%
White, non-Hispanic 41% 15%
Hispanic 25% 24%
Asian 25% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 24% 30%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 0.6%
Multiracial 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 74% 69%
Limited English proficiency 25% 11%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    My son started Kindergarten at PS 220 and he loves it. He has a great teacher. I am glad we decided to send him there for the G&T program even though there are some bad reviews from dissatisfied parents.

  • (7 months ago)

    My daughter graduated PA 220. So far she had great teachers who really cared about her academics. Since K to 5th grade cannot complain about any of her teachers. Any problems addressed were solved. The only thing I was concerned about is no soap to wash hands in lunch room and some bathrooms. That needs to be addressed.

  • (11 months ago)

    My child went there for half-day (afternoon session) Pre-K and it was a wonderful experience. Per regulation the class size was small with at least 2 dedicated teachers at all times. For most of the class this was their first formal school experience so its an important step in learning to like school and learning in general. Among the downsides are that the school is quite crowded particularly around dismissal when it seems the entire extended family shows up and that the only nearby public transportation is the Q23 bus.

  • (1 year ago)

    I am a very active parent in my child's life. Went to school to observe my child's class since I was received a couple of calls from school and was very upset at what I saw. I agree with many parents the school is like prison. No organizational skills. School curriculum sucks. The staff is rude unfortunately my sons behavior declined even further from the environment he is currently in. I am definitely contacting the District office so they can begin investigating and most importantly evaluating the teachers and staff they hire. Very unhappy with the experience my child has. I am very much afraid for my child's safety. My child has no motivation. My son comes home everyday and tells me that his teachers shouts all the time. I didn't believe him till I observed the class myself. What I saw was horrible. I urge all the parents to visit the class and school in general to have an idea where their kids spend their day. If you care for your children take action. Your child is not safe in this school.

  • (3 years ago)

    this is my childs 1st year @ the school but I went a long time ago & yes I do agree with some of the statments made like staff being rude & not friendly & staff being loud with the kids but it is a good school that trys hard 2 be the best & with limited resources & staff we can not complain especialty when parents do not get involved there is so much the staff can do the kids also need their parents involved & there is none! u can not complain if u r not going 2 help make it better! no school is perfect but it is a good school & i would b the 1st 2 say something but I also get involved! but wish the school was more diverse staff & kids!!

  • (3 years ago)

    WORST SCHOOL EVER! NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER send your child to this school.. too many problems too little support ~ this school is a JOKE! home school ur child before u send them here!

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is like a prison. To much favorotism at this school. If somebody doesn't like your child they will make sure that other people will do same. My son was taken to the hospital by a stupidity of his classmate principal of that school. Just a simple joke put my son in troble for which I wasted $500 because of this school.

  • (4 years ago)

    The staff always seems upset and everyone is always yelling all over the place. Everything else seems to be ok including the teachers. Not sure yet though but will come back and post soon for more detailed information. Oh and the bathrooms are really very stinky for sure.

  • (4 years ago)

    Like all schools I suppose this one has some good teachers and some not-so-good ones. I do think the administration for the school is decent--they genuinely care about the children and their well-being but there is often little follow-up on things because of insufficient staffing. I have spent plenty of time there with lots of opportunity to observe. There's a good deal of yelling by adults. I think it sets a very poor example for the children and leads to unnecessary stress for all. The school has low parent involvement and I see this as a big drawback.

  • (5 years ago)

    My daoughter has gone to this school for 6 years and now she is in honers class in seventh grade

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a parent of a high fanctional PDD child and he is attending PS 220 CTT program. This is the only school that offeres this program from 1-5 grage. No other scholls in Queens offer this program from 1-5 grade. This school cares a lot for special educatin children. Their special services like ST PT OT are exelent. How can you give PS 196 all five stars if they don't offer this program (CTT) at their school or maybe they don't have children with special needs in their neighborhood or are they practicaly don't care?

  • (7 years ago)

    First of all as for the parent who says this school looks like a prison he/she wrote this same exact comment for a nearby school so his/her credibility is doubtable. Having said that I do believe this school is below average. The office is not a welcoming place. One day I was trying to leave my child's class snack and was not allowed to even enter the office because I didn't bring ID. My son's teacher is absent excessively. It is the second time this year that my child's class is going to a trip to the movies yet they've only had 1 educational trip. This school is very disorganized. I would not reccommend it at all. The only positive thing I can think about it is the security guard who has been there for many years and very helpful.

  • (7 years ago)

    The worst school I have ever seen. Very dangerous for children there is no security children can leave unatended from school. Very dirty and smelly bathrooms. The school looks like a prison.

  • (7 years ago)

    Personally I think this school has come a long way. All of the recent teacher hires have exceptional dedication and know the children well. Extra activities are also developing well!

  • (7 years ago)

    My son was in PS-220Q school for six years. All those years we had different kinds of problems. The school doesn't have good leadership and discipline which is essential for beginning relationship between principal-teachers-students. The school doesn't have enough budget to afford many special programs especially Gifted programs for students. Every teacher has a minimum of 30 students in the classroom. This year my son graduated from his school. During Parent-Teacher conferences my son's teachers said that there were no problems with his grades or knowledge. All his grades and tests were either Good or Excellent. His Citywide and Statewide tests were above average. During his graduation everything suddenly changed. His teacher did not give him an award blaming it on his 'behavior'. His 5th grade teacher had no attention to the good students. I will not recommend this school to anybody.

  • (8 years ago)

    The teaching staff at this school is excellent they take on the 'no student left behind' attitude. The school publishes a monthly newsletter to keep parents well informed.

  • (10 years ago)

    I love this school. The teachers are caring and very much involved with their students. The staff is very protective of the children. The school aids know the children by name. Which to me it means 'that you care'. Thank you for being part of my childs early school memories.

  • (11 years ago)

    This is one of the worse grade schools in Forest Hills which is a shame. Poor communication and responsiveness from the new principal has discouraged parental participation. Morale is low. This school was once active and vibrant. The students and faculty remaining there are suffering.

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