Performance School

750 CONCOURSE VILLAGE WEST
BRONX NY 10451 Map
Phone: (718) 292-5070
Admissions: No new admits
Principal: Kimberly Shelley
Neighborhood: South Bronx
District:7
Grade range: 4 & 5
Unzoned

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

JUNE 2013 UPDATE: The Performance School, which was designed to replace a failing school that closed in 2008, has been declared a failure and is being replaced by yet another school in the same buiding, Concourse Village Elementary School.  No new students were admitted in September 2013, and the phase-out will be completed in June 2016. Parents protested that a new principal wasn't given the chance to turn the school around, the Daily News reported. [Photo from The Daily News.]

AUGUST 2010 REVIEW: The Performance School replaces PS 156, a long-troubled school closed in 2008. Housed in a brown brick building perched over the Conrail rail yards, the Performance School faces many of the same challenges as the school it replaced, including poor attendance and low levels of academic achievement. A wheelchair accessible building, the Performance School has a large special education population.

On the positive side, Principal Lourdes Estrella seems to have won the confidence of increasing numbers of parents. The percentage of parents who said they were satisfied with their child's education increased from 91 percent in 2009 to 94 percent in 2010, while the percentage saying their child was not safe at school declined from 15 percent in 2009 to 6 percent in 2010, according to the Department of Education's Learning Environment Survey. But many teachers remain unsatisfied: only about 25 percent of those responding to the 2010 survey said order and discipline were maintained at the school.

The school's first principal, David Scott Parker, a Leadership Academy graduate who had taught on Manhattan's Upper West Side, said he hoped to create a progressive school with an emphasis on dance and learning through play. However, it was his first administrative job, and teachers complained that discipline deteriorated under his leadership. "He was so sweet, but this is a very tough school," said a teacher. "It was unjust to put a novice in here." According to the teachers' contract, Parker inherited half his staff from the closed PS 156; teachers were demoralized, the teacher said. Parker left after just six months, replaced in January 2009 by Estrella, who had significant experience as principal of another high poverty school in the Bronx, PS 62.

An un-zoned school, the Performance School shares a building with the all-girls Bronx Global Learning Institute for Girls Charter School (Clara Hemphill, August 2010)

 

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with Concourse Village Elementary School and the Bronx Global Learning Institute for Girls Charter School

Number of Students 231

Average Daily Attendance 91%

Students at this school

Asian

  
0%

Black

  
37%

Hispanic

  
62%

White

  
0%

Free Lunch

  
97%

Special ed

  
33%

English Language Learners

  
18%

Safety & vibe

ARE KIDS
NICE?

How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?

59% 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?

29% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average kindergarten class

NA 23 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average fifth grade class

16 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

24% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

35% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

34% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

How many teachers say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep students engaged?

59% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say this school does a good job teaching social-emotional skills?

41% 88% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say this school does a good job teaching organizational and study skills?

53% 91% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 math exam

10% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ela exam

6% 29% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 4th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 science exam

60% 86% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Parents

Are parents involved?

How many parents responded to the 2014 school survey?

82% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many parents say they attended at least one pta meeting in the 2013-2014 school year?

62% 72% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Does the school encourage family involvement?

How many parents say they were invited to an event at the school at least 3 times in the 2013-2014 school year?

67% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Do parents like the school?

How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?

88% 94% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 math exam:

0% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 math exam:

0% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

4% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 math exam:

0% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

7% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many parents say students with disabilities are included in all activities?

97% 98% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say students with special needs are educated in the least restrictive environment appropriate?

71% 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many parents of students with ieps say this school offers a wide enough variety of services and activities for their children’s needs?

86% 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

Percent of ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

0% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of former ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

8% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say this school ensures that ells receive the same curriculum as non-ells with appropriate suppports?

59% 90% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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