About The 30th Avenue School (Q300)

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School Location

  • Grades K-3: co-located at the P.S. 17Q campus in Astoria (District 30)
  • Grades 6-8: co-located five blocks away at the I.S.126 campus in Long Island City (District 30)

Year founded

  • 2014

Duration

  • Grades K through 8

Students Enrolled

  • 375 students in grades K-3 and 6-8 will be enrolled in 2016-17
  • The 30th Avenue School will reach full K-8 capacity in 2018

Number of sections per grade

  • Two sections for grades K-3 and 7
  • Three sections for 6th grade (2016-2017 only)
  • One section for 8th grade.

Kindergarten Class Size

  • 25

Number of teachers in class (K-5)

  • One teacher, plus full-time Teaching Assistant (TA) in each K – 2nd grade class
  • One teacher, plus a shared Teaching Assistant across both Grade 3 classes

Facility attributes

  • In the PS 17Q campus, grades K-3 have a computer room; an explorations room with open-ended materials such as blocks and Legos; and interior yard with playground equipment and exterior yard.
  • In the I.S. 126 campus, grades 6-8 have a science lab and a computer lab.

Tenure of Principal

  • Commenced 2016-2017 school year

Minimum Score for Candidate Pool

  • At least 97th percentile pursuant to Department of Education guidelines

The 30th Avenue School Offerings

  • Curriculum Math: Grades K – 5: TERC Investigations and Contexts for Learning; 6-8: Connected Mathematics Project 3
  • Curriculum Language offered: Spanish
  • Curriculum Homework: Reading is required for all grades. Homework is generally optional in grades K-2.

Enrichments – What is offered and when

  • In-School
    • Grades K-8: Technology/Programming, Art, Music, Spanish, Gym, Field Trips
    • Grades 2-3: Architecture and other enrichments
    • Grades 6-8: Robotics; Engineering; Dance; Small Group Advisory; 10-week enrichment clusters include: Model UN, Robotics, Knitting, Math League, Photography, Harry Potter, and Fitness Club. Partnerships include Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Global Language Project, Center for Architecture, All Star Studios, and artists-in-residence
  • Afterschool
    • Grades K-3: Serious Fun NYC provides fee-based classes including guitar, keyboard, violin, 3D printing, cartooning, puppet theater, sculpture, soccer, dance, basketball, and martial arts. NY Chess Kids (fee based) has classes once a week.
    • Grades 6-8: Global Kids provides free programming involving leadership development, international affairs, and STEM programming.

Transportation

  • Public school buses for eligible Queens students; Metrocards for eligible students; in 2015-16, fee-based private school buses operate in areas of Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan.

Main Items PTA Fund Raises for

  • Teaching Assistants (K-3);
  • Music enrichment (K-3; 6-8);
  • Architecture (2);
  • Robotics Kits (6-8);
  • laptops;
  • Dance/Theater (6-8);
  • Model UN;
  • teacher wish lists;
  • need-based financial aid (subject to availability)

Family involvement

  • In-school volunteering, short-term enrichment, fundraisers, DonorsChoose, PTA meetings and events (e.g. movie nights, pizza parties, wine tastings for parents, etc.).

Biggest changes in 2016-2017

  • Bill Biniaris joined Q300 as IA Principal.