P.S. 146 Edward Collins

968 CAULDWELL AVENUE
BRONX NY 10456 Map
Phone: (718) 378-9664
Website: Click here
Admissions: Neighborhood school
Principal: Janet-Ann Sanderson
Neighborhood: South Bronx
District: 8
Grade range: PK-5
Parent Coordinator: Yvette Johnson
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What's special:

After school tennis instruction

The downside:

Poor attendance

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

PS 146 is a calm neighborhood school in a large three-story building in a mixed commercial and residential area. Classrooms are cheerfully decorated, students seem well-behaved, and parents help out in the cafeteria and by the front desk, welcoming visitors. Students wear uniforms of white shirts and blue bottoms. There are three full-day pre-K classes.

The majority of the students at PS 146 come from low-income families and, according to Principal Janet Sanderson-Brown, many start school without the proper skills and foundation. Attendance is below average. Teachers and staff have their work cut out for them.

Visiting classrooms, we saw a wide range in reading, some students reading challenging books, others struggling with easy-to-read selections. Some classroom libraries seemed in need of more books, but every student we spoke with said they were reading a book that they had chosen. [In 2009, the school adopted a computer program called SuccessMaker to help boost children’s reading skills. See the YouTube video on this page.]

Students are rewarded with prizes when they meet goals set by their teacher. To keep kids focused, at least two adults, usually a teacher and a para-professional, are in the classroom during reading instruction.

Teachers work to ensure that their students pick up the necessary social and academic cues to enable them excel in school. For instance, in one classroom, students referred to a chart on how to have a discussion ("I agree with you because..."; "I disagree with you because..."; "In addition to what ___ said, I think..."; etc.); a science lesson on snails emphasized the difference between "What we already knew" and "What we learned": "We already knew that snails are soft and slimy, we learned that lines on a snail's shell indicates its age." In one 2nd grade class, a girl described the main character of book as "foolish." When asked to explain the meaning of the word, she struggled at first, but after some prompting by the teacher was able to identify foolish actions by the main character and arrive at a definition of the word.

In addition to core subjects, all students get instruction in art and gym. Music instruction is given to students in kindergarten through the 2nd grade. The music room was full of electronic keyboards. There is no formal technology instruction, but teachers use the computer room to support instruction, such as the special education class we observed playing educational games.

[Success Academy Charter School - Bronx 3 opened in 2013 to some controversy over sharing space.] 

Special Education: The school offers Special Education Teacher Support Services (SETSS), self-contained classes for student with special needs only and Collaborative Team Taught (CTT) classes, where two teachers work with a group of special and general education students.

After School: The school offers test prep and academic support. The New York Junior Tennis League provides tennis instruction to select grades. For part of the school year, Saturday classes in music and drama are offered to students in grades 3 through 5. (Laura Zingmond, April 2008, updated with video and charter school info, September 2013)

 

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with Success Academy Bronx 3 Charter School

Number of Students 461

Average Daily Attendance 90%

Students at this school

Asian

  
1%

Black

  
44%

Hispanic

  
53%

White

  
0%

Free Lunch

  
95%

Special ed

  
17%

English Language Learners

  
12%

Safety & vibe

ARE KIDS
NICE?

How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?

35% 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

62% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average kindergarten class

26 23 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average fifth grade class

26 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

69% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

65% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

35% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

81% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

88% 88% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

92% 91% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

27% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

15% 29% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

73% 86% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Parents

Are parents involved?

How many parents responded to the school survey?

67% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

64% 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 last school year?

63% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Do parents like the school?

How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?

79% 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 state math exam:

0% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

13% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

95% 98% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

92% 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?

69% 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

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

7% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

17% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

88% 90% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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