Corona School Has Longest Kindergarten Waitlist in NYC

By Katie Honan on April 24, 2014 4:57pm 

 P.S. 307 has the longest kindergarten waitlist in the city for the second year in a row.
P.S. 307 has the longest kindergarten waitlist in the city for the second year in a row.
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CORONA — For the second year in a row, a neighborhood elementary school has the longest waitlist in the city for incoming kindergarten students, according to the Department of Education.

P.S. 307, the Pioneer Academy, at 40-20 100th St., currently has 126 students on the waiting list — more than three times the number of students waitlisted at other Queens schools, officials said.

It's the second year that the school, which was built in 2008 to help alleviate some of the overcrowding in District 24, has had the longest list for prospective kindergarten students.

In 2013, 167 students were waitlisted, according to the DOE. There were 109 students on the list in 2012. 

The Pioneer Academy, which has more than 900 students, received a B overall on its last progress report, with student performance receiving an A. Student progress and school environment, though, received a B. 

At dismissal on Thursday, parent Teodora Magdaleno, who has a daughter in second grade at the school, said she's worried about what the overcrowding will mean for her younger daughter.

"I'm concerned because I live here, and there is nothing closer," said Magdaleno, whose 3-year-old daughter, Samantha, is getting ready for pre-K at the school next year.

"We don't know if she's going to get in," she said. "I better get her on the list already."

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