P.S./I.S. 208 is a random selection school. It is a combined elementary and intermediate school with 703 students from Kindergarten through Grade 8. This school is located in the Bellerose section of Queens, New York. This K to 8 School opened in September, 2003 with approximately 650 students from culturally diverse backgrounds.


The school population attracted students from all sections of District 29: Hollis, St. Albans, Cambria Heights, Laurelton, Rosedale, Jamaica, Queens Village and Springfield Gardens. The students in grades K-5 were randomly selected by a lottery process that took place in February and the students in grades 6-8 were selected through middle school choice. The average attendance rate for both students and teachers for the school year 2014/2015 was 96.4%. P.S./I.S. 208’s ethnic make-up is the following: 77% Black; 11% Hispanic; 2%, White, 9% Asian students and other 1%. The student body includes 2% English language learners and 19 % special education students. Male performance in ELA and Math is lower than that of their female peers.


The mission of our school is to prepare the leaders of tomorrow by building a nested community of learners where every participant is fully engaged in document-based questions, performance oriented tasks, accountable talk, scientific research strategies and inquiry-based skills; as well as creating a nurturing learning environment via sound instructional practices, shared consent and differentiated learning. Additionally, we will empower children to become self-sufficient and responsible. At P.S. /I.S. 208Q, we will create lifelong learners and children who are proficient in the art of Sciences and the Science of the Arts. P.S./I.S. 208 is a kaleidoscope of cultures that values partnerships. The school strives to provide a seamless approach to enhancing the opportunities and creativity of the teachers. Teachers play an integral role in the learning process. They really make a difference in the learning that takes place in the lives of our children. We share a common interest in guiding our students to successfully meet the performance standards.


As we develop the whole child physically, socially, intellectually, emotionally and academically, P.S./I.S. 208 holds everyone to a very high standard of performance and achievement in order to attain academic success. We are committed to fostering good parent-teacher, parent-administrator, and student-teacher participation. Our intention is to utilize all resources to develop standards-based, performance-driven educational programs to enhance daily instruction. Our belief is that we need to build on children’s prior knowledge, cultivate and nurture their energies and the spirit they bring to our learning environment, in order to meet the requirements for college and career readiness. Our focus is clear, coherent and consistent. We set high performance goals for all: “We Educate the Whole Child”