School Details

Ps 99 Kew Gardens

82-37 Kew Gardens Road, Queens, NY 11415
(718) 544-4343
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-6 846 students 13 students/teacher (NY avg is 13)

Test Scores by grade

36%
32%
54%
42%

New York State Assessments (NYSA)

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 http://www.engageny.org/sites/default/files/resource/attachments/test_score_release_letter_to_parents.pdf from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes. In 2013-2014 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. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. 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 mee
  • This school in 2014
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

46%
33%
65%
43%

New York State Assessments (NYSA)

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 http://www.engageny.org/sites/default/files/resource/attachments/test_score_release_letter_to_parents.pdf from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes. In 2013-2014 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. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. 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 mee
  • This school in 2014
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

32%
30%
53%
40%

New York State Assessments (NYSA)

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 http://www.engageny.org/sites/default/files/resource/attachments/test_score_release_letter_to_parents.pdf from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes. In 2013-2014 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. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. 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 mee
  • This school in 2014
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

40%
29%
57%
38%

New York State Assessments (NYSA)

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 http://www.engageny.org/sites/default/files/resource/attachments/test_score_release_letter_to_parents.pdf from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes. In 2013-2014 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. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. 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 mee
  • This school in 2014
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Ps 99 Kew Gardens is a public middle school in New York. The principal of Ps 99 Kew Gardens is PRINCIPAL - MS. PAULETTE FOGLIO and can be contacted at pfoglio@schools.nyc.gov. 846 children attend Ps 99 Kew Gardens and are mostly Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 13% of the Ps 99 Kew Gardens students are "limited in English proficiency." 67% of the 846 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Ps 99 Kew Gardens is 13:1. Sha'Arei Zion Ohel Bracha is one of the nearest middle 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
  • Tagalog

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 7% %
Hispanic 37% %
White, non-Hispanic 29% %
Asian 28% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 27% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Multiracial 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 67% None%
Limited English proficiency 13% None%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    My child is going to sixth grade this year. He has had a great education here at 99. He's been here since kindergarten. Anytime I've had questions I've gotten answers from the teachers and the parent coordinator. Even the administrators are happy to answer your questions. I've dealt with them a few times and seem professional. It's true that the students don't get much play time outside in the annex but how can they if the school doesn't have a real playground. The parents that complain about this should realize this. I have always taken my kids to the playground and to extra activities outside of school. My child loves the school and all the teachers.

  • (11 months ago)

    We have had an amazing experience with PS 99. We were very happy with the teachers the level of instruction and the safe and nurturing atmosphere of the school. We would love there to be more outdoor playtime but we have a very happy child and that is the most important thing!

  • (1 year ago)

    To the parents writing on June 20 and 24 2014 Thank you for expressing your points of view. Our family has made similar observations about PS 99's inadequacies many of which are rooted in the principal's self-aggrandizement denial or brushing aside of parental concerns a freezing out of parents brave enough to ask questions and a complacent academic culture My child had a "lost year" in second grade with an overcrowded (33-student) classroom and teacher who spent more time on her iPhone that resulted in a disorganized atmosphere. Further confirmation of this came when at the end of the year my child brought home classroom workbooks that were nearly blank. Two other parents with kids in the class told me their children's workbooks were hardly used. How were our kids spending classroom time? We too were frozen out after asking questions. At every conference over our five years at PS 99 no matter the teacher our child's report card grades where read aloud to us (as though we couldn't read them ourselves). None showed a real understanding of our child or offered a qualitative assessment of her abilities and areas that needed improvement. Smug principal; complacent teachers

  • (1 year ago)

    P.S. 99 is nice school with hardworking teachers. However some teachers are very absent minded and routinely will come to work after the school day starts as if they are too busy to come to work on time. I feel that this year was a school year lost for my child. Many times my son would come home saying that his teacher would just yell at him and other students. There was no structure in his classroom and the teacher would never respond to letters or phone calls. The principal at P.S. 99 is not in touch with reality and routinely will take out her frustrations on other administrators and teachers. She pretends to care about the faculty staff and students but she puts on a fake smile and ignores the concerns of the parents in the community. She will be the first one to tell parents that everything she does is for the children but everything she does is for herself. Because of these reasons I would not recommend P.S. 99 as the ideal learning environment for other children.

  • (1 year ago)

    PS99 IS A GREAT SCHOOL. THE CHILDREN PUT ON A MAGNIFICENT PEEFORMANCE FOLLOWING THEIR CHAMPIONSHIP BASKETBALL WIN. I SEE ALL VERY HAPPY CHILDREN.

  • (1 year ago)

    A ghastly administration and teaching staff make for a terrible experience for students and parents alike. You have teachers with alternate career aspirations who (not surprisingly) are poor teachers teachers who think that constantly screaming at their class is a teaching methodology teachers who won t allow students to participate in certain programs without justification and teachers who assign homework without have taught the subject in class. Students are assigned excessive take-home work that still doesn t help the 73% of students who failed the state test last year. Then there are the times your child comes home with anecdotes that clearly point to teacher conversations with dismaying double-entendres. Teacher s whose mean-spirited attitudes and general incompetence are ignored. Then there are the teachers who bend over backwards for bullies from troubled families making it all the worse for the victims. It s known that if a parent asks intelligent questions or files a complaint/request subsequent parental follow ups and communications are ignored and methods are used to freeze the parent out in an attempt to force the parent into falling in line.

  • (1 year ago)

    Principal is extremely rude and talks down to adults she never met. What a condescending attitude! Nobody should work for her. If I talked to my employees the way she does I wouldn't have anyone who would work for me.

  • (1 year ago)

    Decent school but the security guard in the Annex building is extremely rude if you need to pick up your child early if they are sick or sign in for any other reason. It is true that you are greeted with much hostility when entering the building as though parents are trespassers according to another reviewer.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is extremely nurturing and inviting. The school is a firm believer in the arts and you can see that as soon as you walk in. The parent coordinator is great at responding to parent concerns and providing resources. The school offers a lot of parent workshops. too. Administration does a really good job of making sure each child gets the services they need so they can excel. The teachers work really hard and communicate frequently with parents. It's a great place for children to learn.

  • (1 year ago)

    Problems with PS 99 1. No playground or recess; 2. gym and music classes are routinely doubled up 50 kids per class a clear UFT contract violation; 3. two-thirds of kids did not pass the NY state test; 4. a hostile administration that ignores you in the office; 5. a parent coordinator who parrots the admin's party-line; 6. a principal who won't answer e-mail.

  • (1 year ago)

    We think PS 99 is quite mediocre compared to nearby PS 144 101 and 196 in test scores academic culture and nurture. The "leave it to us" attitude of the principal presumes parents aren't capable or won't help their children. A palable hostility greets you as you enter the building as though parents are trespassers. The lunch ladies badger kids throughout the period with loud whistles and threats of "sitting on the wall." Little graded homework comes home and writing assignments don't appear to be check and commented upon as though the 40 minutes your child spent doing it isn't worth a single comment. No wonder parents are surprised when they receive their child's report card. The focus of this school is remediation. There's little attention to the middle and top academic performers.

  • (1 year ago)

    My oldest just completed K and is entering 1st grade. So far so good! Both he and I are pleased with 99! I only wish the annex had a bigger playground so the kids can go outside more often.

  • (4 years ago)

    PS 99 is a fantastic school ! The teachers are so professional knowlegeable absolutely caring and gave very personal attention to the progress of my child. My son entered this school as a Kindergarden Special Education student. PS 99's Special Education program is astoundingly effective! My son loves this school! Of particular note is the Kindergarden Special Education teacher (we'll nickname her Ms C for these purposes) who has to be one of the best teachers in her field! PS 99 recognized my child's academic ability and worked very closely and personally with us to place him in a less-restrictive environment. The schools' speech services are amazing and very very effective. The school's Vice Principal (we'll nickname him Mr. S for these purposes) committed direct personal time with us regarding our son's skills needs and modifications to his educational plan. PS 99 is diverse and the Annex building is very nice and modern. I would absolutely recommend this school !!!

  • (4 years ago)

    This is a great school. My son is in the 5th grade. He has been in this school since the 1st grade. The school is very diverse the teachers faculty and all the staff are very involved. My son was able to attend this school because of the No Child Left Behind. I am so grateful for the opportunity my son has been given. I was not happy with the schools in my area. P.S 99 does not have overcrowded classes or problems with bad behavior or bullying. My son loves this school.

  • (5 years ago)

    Best school ever. Great programs ans great teachers. A great place to be.

  • (5 years ago)

    PS 99 is the bestest school in queens.Princeple teacher and whole staff are very copreative and very nice.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a current student of PS99. I really like this school. It has a great T.A.G program and great and dedicated teachers. This is my last year and I'm really going to miss this school

  • (9 years ago)

    The school has an excellent gifted program and very hard working teachers. There should be more emphasis on phonics for the early grades however. Parents are active and the school has many opportunities in the arts.

  • (9 years ago)

    This school has a gifted program and many artist-in-residence programs. Teachers particularly in the upper grades seem very organized and dedicated with well disciplined classes. This school gives a lot of attention to students to pass standardized tests.

  • (10 years ago)

    Great city school with a diverse population. The staff is great and has a wonderful PTA. My son has been in that school for 4 years and we wanted to move several times but didn't because of the school. The class sizes are reasonable considering it is city school.

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