Our vision at PS 144Q is one of a partnership of administrators, teachers, parents, school staff and students all working together towards the same goal. We want our students to be well rounded, confident, and responsible individuals who aspire to achieve their full potential. We want our students to develop their academic, social and emotional skills to become responsible members of our global world.
P.S. 144 is a vibrant school that is housed in a four story U-shaped brick structure built in 1931 and sits in a tree-lined area of Forest Hills.
Our educational program meets all of the NYS Learning standards requirements of literacy, mathematics, social studies, science and the arts. The integration of technology partnered with effective remediation, and enrichment, programs are all part of our goal in meeting the needs of all the students in our school.
Academics & Programs
Teacher’s K-5 use the Teacher’s College Units of Study in both reading and writing. This curriculum fosters higher level thinking through regular chances to synthesize, analyze, and critique books as well as their writing. Teachers embed test sophistication within their literacy teaching by supplementing with resources from Engage New York.
The Fundations phonics program is used for our K students. Our English Language Learners are provided with additional support in literacy through the Imagine Learning program.
At PS 144 we use the enVisions Math program to our students in grades K-5. enVisions has a strong emphasis on constructivist learning which focuses on students’ conceptual understanding of mathematical ideas and concepts. The skills and strategies they are taught will enrich the math instruction in our school for all students K-5.
Our Amplify Science Curriculum emphasizes a hands-on inquiry-based approach to learning where students construct their understanding of their natural world through problem solving and active exploration within their own classroom. This program provides the classroom teacher with hands-on activities and thematic units that will have students engaged all year long.
The Arts program at P.S. 144 offers instruction in the Visual, Performing, and Musical Arts. Besides the daily Arts program at our school we have fortunate to have partnered with many outside organizations to enrich the students in our school. The students have enjoyed the experiences with the Guggenheim Museum, Dancing Classrooms, Marquis Studios, the Broadway Class and many local artists in the Forest Hills Area, some which are parents, who have enjoyed sharing their talents with the students of PS 144. All of these wonderful enrichment programs are sponsored by our Parent Association.
At P.S. 144, we are strong believers in recognizing student achievement in academics as well as celebrating the success of our students socially and emotionally. Our staff have been trained through Power Brain which utilizes an exciting combination of physical, emotional and cognitive exercises to tap into our infinite brain potential. Power Brain empower children and adults to improve focus, confidence, memory, creativity and emotional wellness while reducing stress and anxiety. Students also have been trained as peer coaches for the classrooms.
We at PS 144 are committed to addressing the emotional, social and academic needs of every child. We recognize the importance of working closely with our administrators, teachers, students and their families, as well as with outreach organizations, as we strive to have every child achieve their potential.
We will build teacher capacity in strategic planning for developing small group instruction focus on reading acceleration demonstrated by Guided Reading and data-driven small group instruction targeting student needs in their reading skill.
All parents are encouraged to do the health screening prior to coming through the fence towards the building.
After the parents show the staff member a green check on the daily health screening the students can proceed to their assigned door
- Grade 3-K and Pre-K: Students will walk up the ramp by Exit H (by the playground)
- Kindergarten, Grade 2, Grade 5 - Students will walk into the building by Exit H
- Grade 1 and Grade 4: Students will use the door marked 5/6 and enter the building
- Grade 3: Students will enter the building through Exit 7 (in the courtyard)