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Inspired by unitarymatrix, here are my grade schools:

PS 30 Queens grades K-4
PS 132 Queens grade 5
IS 238 Queens grade 6
IS 59 Queens grades 7-8

My family moved from Rochdale Village to Laurelton in the fall of 1968, but I stayed at PS 30 for two extra years. I went to IS 238 for the EGC (Exceptionally Gifted Children) program, which I wrote about some time ago. There were teacher absences when I was there, as there were recently according to the review on the site. Teacher absences, among other things, moved my parents to transfer me from IS 238 to IS 59. Several other kids left the EGC program for similar reasons. Also, due to overcrowding, many kids who went to PS 132 were put in IS 238 during my 6th grade, and came over with me to IS 59 a year later.

I also went to a pre-kindergarten on Marsden St., not too far from PS 30. I don't remember whether it was affiliated with PS 30. I do remember that street was often flooded, even on dry, sunny days. That part of Queens tends to get a fair amount of flooding, due to poor drainage. With all the rain on the east coast, I imagine the flooding in that area is really bad, unless it's been fixed.

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unitarymatrix
Oct. 15th, 2005 06:29 pm (UTC)
Wow. PS132 teaches all their kids Chinese? Did they do that when you went there?
gregbo
Oct. 16th, 2005 03:40 am (UTC)
I doubt it. I don't remember any foreign language instruction back then.

BTW, I found my fifth grade teacher online. She was the principal of PS 147 Queens, aka the Ronald McNair School. Her son went to MIT also. I believe he was in the class of 1980, course 15 (management).
_darkvictory
Oct. 18th, 2005 04:57 pm (UTC)
Rochdale, Laurelton, Springfield Gardens
Hello, there! Because you posted in my journal, thought I would cruise by and post in yours. I attended IS 59 briefly. Over the years I went to A LOT of different schools. My parents moved me from school to school, public to private and back to public, chasing educational opportunity that they didn't know much about, but were sure was out there somewhere. Went to some of the worst schools (IS 8 in South Jamaica - literally still have nightmares about that place)and some of the best. College was a whole huge crappy come-down, both socially and academically, after Stuy.

Vanessa
gregbo
Oct. 22nd, 2005 12:39 am (UTC)
Re: Rochdale, Laurelton, Springfield Gardens
"My parents moved me from school to school, public to private and back to public, chasing educational opportunity that they didn't know much about, but were sure was out there somewhere."

I suspect my parents were trying to do the same thing. I thought my pre-Stuy education was as good as one could get in southeast Queens public schools, but perhaps not as good as what one could get elsewhere. Also, there wasn't really much known at that time in general about how, or what, to teach children who are going to be competing with (as yet unborn) people from China, India, etc. in computer science.

BTW, my mother taught at several southeast Queens elementary schools, including PS 80 and PS 37. I think she was at PS 37 the longest.

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