P.S. 152 Evergreen

1007 EVERGREEN AVENUE
BRONX NY 10472 Map
Phone: (718) 589-4560
Website: Click here
Admissions: neighborhood school
Principal: Frances Lynch
Neighborhood: Soundview
District: 8
Grade range: PK-5
Parent Coordinator: NAY GUITY
Number of full-day PK seats: 72
Extended PK hours offered: Contact program about extended hours.
Zoned
Full Day
School-based pre-k

What's special:

dedicated, enthusiastic staff and administration keep kids focused on learning

The downside:

Kindergarten and pre-k housed in a separate building

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

PS 152 has stable and effective leadership, enthusiastic teachers and some of the most polite and engaged kids we've seen in a long time. The school offers trips to museums and farms, science experiments and plenty of time for creative play.

Frances Lynch, principal since 2004, encourages academic rigor and hard work. “We don’t want idle minds,” she says.  The school has clear rules: children wear uniforms and move in an orderly fashion in the hallway. Still, PS 152 maintains a casual, welcoming feel, demonstrated by everyone from the principal to the security guard, who warmly greets kids, parents and teachers in English and Spanish.

PS 152 is in one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods and has a large number of homeless students and students who don’t speak English at home. Some children arrive in the middle the year and some begin 1st grade without having attended kindergarten--and without knowing basics like how to identify colors. Lynch doesn’t dwell on these hardships. She believes as long as children have a safe space to learn and are surrounded by adults they can trust, the rest will fall into place. “What matters is that they know they’re going to be safe because I make sure they are,” says Lynch.

To help catch up to their more affluent peers, PS 152 kids get double periods of math and English daily and have nightly homework. Teachers encourage children to develop their own voices and their writing shows creativity. They push students to build language skills in all subjects. In a 2nd grade math class, a girl raised her hand to explain the lesson in skip counting: “in the number 100, there are 10 10s,” she said. “Thank you for a complete sentence,” her teacher responded, and gave her a high five. During a science lesson for children who speak English as a Second Language, kids flexed their vocabulary skills by saying words like “absorb” aloud in unison.

Test scores are below average for the city but well above average for schools serving similar populations. The Department of Education has consistently given PS 152 "A"s on its Progress Reports.

The teaching staff at PS 152 is experienced and enthusiastic. Teachers work together to plan lessons so students learn the same basics, whether they in an English as a Second Language (ESL), team teaching class that mixes general and special education, or a general education class. They use textbooks in class but bring the material alive with hands-on lessons and homemade experiments. During our visit, 4th graders dissected carnations to determine if the flowers have vascular or nonvascular root systems. Bright and colorful homemade material that shows off teachers’ well-thought out lesson plans and students’ work decorate the halls of classrooms. 

The school offers music and choir lessons. PS 152 students have daily exercise with recess, Zumba class and physical education.  Parents are welcome.

“We believe in making the school an inviting area for all the community,” says Assistant Principal Alana Plant. The school offers parent workshops on nutrition, how to read with your child, fire safety and the importance of mammograms for cancer screening.

Pre-k and kindergarten classes are housed in the early childhood building, supervised by Plant, six long blocks from the main building. Pre-k and kindergarten classrooms have plenty of books, blocks, art supplies and toy kitchens for dramatic play.  High fences surround the playgrounds, which are near the Bruckner Expressway.

PS 152 made the United Federation of Teachers’ list of dilapidated buildings in 2013. Though the building is a bit dingy, it isn’t as bad as the label implies. Lynch explained the school made the list because of minutia like painting violations.

English as a Second Language and Special Education: At the time of our visit, PS 152 offered two ESL classes per grade. Lynch said the school’s ESL strategy is to immerse the English language learners: “I don’t really believe in pulling ELLs out of the classroom,” she said. All the ESL teachers we saw on our visit addressed the students in English, and they had no trouble keeping up. Many of the schools ELL students speak Spanish at home but, recently, the school has had an influx of students from Yemen. PS 152 also offers a range of special education services including co-taught classes that mix general education and special education students. Both buildings are fully wheelchair accessible.

Middle school: Most graduates attend MS 123 or MS 337

Admissions: Neighborhood school.  (Anna Schneider, October 2013)

 

 

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 948

Average Daily Attendance 92%

Students at this school

Asian

  
1%

Black

  
18%

Hispanic

  
78%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
100%

Special ed

  
20%

English Language Learners

  
26%

Safety & vibe

ARE KIDS
NICE?

How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 81% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average kindergarten class

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average fifth grade class

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

87% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

34% 23% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

22% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

21% 40% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Parents

Are parents involved?

How many parents responded to the school survey?

15% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA 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?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Do parents like the school?

How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?

NA NA 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% 8% 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:

11% 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 93% 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?

80% 86% 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:

3% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

31% 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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