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  • Gas or electric bill in the resident’s name issued by Con Edison, National Grid or LIPA.

  • Documentation or letter or letterhead from a federal, state or local government agency, including the IRS, the City Housing Authority, Human Resources Administration, the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS).

  • An original lease agreement, deed or mortgage statement for the residence.

  • A current property tax bill for the residence.

  • A water bill for the residence.

  • Official payroll documentation from an employer issued within the past 60 days such as a form submitted for tax withholding purposes or payroll receipt.  A letter on the employer’s letterhead is not adequate.

  • Proof of Age:    Birth certificate (Original), baptismal certificate, passport, immigration record

  • Proof of Immunization:     5 DPT, 4 Polio, 2 MMR, 3 Hep B and Varicella



Gifted and Talented eligibility and score reports will be available by April 27, 2020. Gifted and Talented applications are due by May 13, 2020.  To find out more information visit My Schools account here        .      

Your letter includes your child's G&T results, which may include an offer, as well as any information about waitlists and next steps.

  • If your child received an offer, they have also been added automatically to the waitlist of any program that you placed higher on the application than the program where they received an offer.

  • If your child did not receive an offer, they have been added automatically to the waitlists of all programs on their application.

If you get an offer from the waitlist, contact the program directly to set up a time to register. Please visit the Gifted and Talented Admissions Guide here       for further information.

Art and Craft


PS85Q offers a full-day, high-quality pre-K, teachers are sparking wonder and igniting learning in our children. Pre-K for All gives children stronger math and reading skills in elementary school…and a better chance at success in life. 

For the 2020 - 2021 school year we will  have two Pre-K classes: one general education class and one ICT class. 

Our school partners with Parent Corps NYU Langone Health which is a family-centered intervention that aims to help parents and early childhood teachers create environments in which children thrive.

ParentCorps includes three components to help teachers and parents create environments that are safe, predictable, and nurturing for children:

  • a 14-week social–emotional learning curriculum implemented by classroom teachers in all pre-K classrooms

  • a 14-week parenting program for all families of pre-K students facilitated by school-based mental health professionals

  • For more information, please visit the Pre-Kindergarten admissions page here       and be directed to the NYC DOE Pre-Kindergarten website.

Kindergarten Classroom


PS85Q offers four full-day Kindergarten classes.  A Gifted and Talented, a Greek Immersion, a General Education and an ICT.  Students are immersed in learning in a nurturing, caring environment. 
Students in kindergarten experience a balance of literature and informational texts in the context of instruction designed to create opportunities for them to engage with a variety of topics, and texts, and have discussions about texts that support language development and knowledge building. Creating this learning environment for emergent readers can take a variety of formats, including read-alouds, shared readings, paired readings, learning activities and play that incorporates literacy materials, talking, experimenting with written materials, and other literacy activities. 
In Kindergarten, instructional time should focus on two areas: (1) developing a sound sense of numbers by representing and comparing numbers, initially using sets of objects; (2) recognizing and describing shapes and using spatial relations. More learning time in Kindergarten should be devoted to number than to any other topic. 
Kindergarten students will also exposed to Technology, Theatre, Music, and Art within their schedule.


All schools are expected to serve the majority of special education students in their community, and all schools are required to provide, at minimum, English as a New Language (ENL) programs to their English Language Learners.   If you have any questions about applying for Kindergarten, please call 718-935-2009.

Kindergarten offers for the 2020-2021 school year are now available to view in your MySchools account