About Our School

Welcome To P255Q!

P255Q is a District 75 school that educates students with Autism ages 4.9-17. Our school is located in 8 different sites throughout Queens. The main office is located in Parson’s Educational Complex (formerly J.H.S. 168Q). All of our sites are located in community schools affording many opportunities for integration with general education student/programs. Each site has full time speech teachers that work together with classroom staff in order to provide a consistent and enriched environment for our students.

P 255 Leadership!
L to R: Meghan Kozak, A.P., Michael DiAngelo, A.P., Gregg Lopez, Principal, Erica Hanson, A.P., Diana Rocklin, A.P.

Principal – Gregg Lopez

Assistant Principals

School based Coach

Parent Coordinator

PTA Board members

  • Michael DiAngelo
  • Erica Hanson
  • Diana Rocklin
  • Meghan Kozak
  • Vernice Borleo
  • Nora Eckert
  • President: Elizabeth Durand
  • Co-President: Jonathan Durand
  • Treasurer: Sue Athanasakis
  • Secretary: Tonya Gittens


School is a reflective learning community where we continually evaluate the teaching process and its impact on student outcomes. P255 Queens provides a collaborative environment that integrates academics, technology, the arts, and best practices for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. We believe that students learn best when provided with an instructional program that balances functional rigor and academic rigor. Family engagement and support begins with frequent and ongoing communication amongst all stakeholders. A successful school consists of collaboration between school, home and the community.


At P255 Queens, our primary objective is to have all students achieve their maximum independence. In order to succeed, a varied learning environment is provided for our students to develop their skills. Academics, differentiated community experiences, and pre-vocational support provide and assist in developing essential life skills. Our school utilizes evidenced based practices such as Applied Behavior Analysis and Structured Teaching (TEACCH) to enhance individualized student outcomes. Our mission is to ensure that each student transitions from P255 Queens with the skills essential for effective daily living that result in an improved quality of life.

Special Services

The P255Q philosophy supports parent participation in their child’s education. The collaboration between teachers, parents, supervisors and the community help our students receive the best education possible and meet our goal of maximum independence for our kids. P255Q provides the following special services to families.

  • A parent-support group is facilitated by the school guidance counselor. Afternoon and evening groups are available.
  • Two full time guidance counselors also provide outreach and disseminate information to families.
  • A sibling support group is also available (evenings only) for the brothers and sisters of our students.
  • A school newsletter is published every other month, providing information and articles for parents.
  • Transition services and information are available to parents through school personnel.
  • A full time parent coordinator is available to support and assist our families.

P255Q’s Instructional Focus Is:

“We believe our students learn best when provided with an instructional program that balances functional rigor and academic rigor.”

ABA + TEACCH + SDI = Differentiated instruction and best practices for our student population

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA): Principles of ABA include: 1:1 instruction (discrete trial Instruction), positive behavior supports, on-going data analysis, use of task analysis, shaping, pairing, and prompting techniques.

Treatment and Education of Autistic and Communication Related Handicapped Children (TEACCH): is a methodology also known as Structured Teaching which promotes students’ independence. Elements of the TEACCH methodology include: physical environment, individualized schedules, independent task time, color-coding and use of visual supports.

Specially Designed Instruction (SDI): is the purposeful planning of instruction to ensure that students can meaningfully access, participate and progress in the curriculum provided. It is the deliver of information to the student that is different from what other students receive.

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