P.S. 304 Early Childhood School

An Insideschools pick
2750 LAFAYETTE AVENUE
BRONX NY 10465 Map
Phone: (718) 822-5307
Website: Click here
Admissions: Unzoned
Principal: Joseph Nobile
Neighborhood: Throgs Neck
District: 8
Grade range: PK-5
Parent Coordinator: LISA SCHILIRO
Number of full-day PK seats: 36
Extended PK hours offered: Contact program about extended hours.
Unzoned
Full Day
School-based pre-k

What's special:

Strong teaching and thoughtful curriculum

The downside:

Very limited art and music classes

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

PS 304 in Throgs Neck has a long history of high achievement: experienced, passionate teachers and an administration that really understands how kids learn. All academic areas are strong--reading, writing, social studies, math and science. At the same time, children have a chance to play and to build the social skills they need to be successful in both school and life.

Top students get the challenges they need while kids who are having trouble get plenty of extra help. Many classes have more than one adult—including teachers, student teachers, parents and classroom aides—so children get individual attention. Children not only learn the written skills they need to master standardized tests, they also learn how to speak and write clearly—skills that are just as important but not as easy to measure.

Kindergarten classrooms have plenty of LEGOs, wooden blocks, trains and dress up corners where children may play together. “This is their time for discussion,” said Assistant Principal Bonnie Boltax. “They need to speak to other students. You’re not only sitting at a desk.” Children go on science-related field trips to the Bronx Zoo, the Bronx Botanical Garden, the Queens Hall of Science, and the Gateway National Park in Jamaica Bay. 

Long-time principal Joseph Nobile is popular with parents and staff and has an easy way with the children.

The administration doesn’t go in for academic fads, but it does continuously adapt its curriculum and teaching techniques to take advantage of new books and approaches as they become available. Teachers at PS 304 understand that no single reading or math program can serve all children; rather, they carefully combine elements of various programs depending on what each child needs. They committed to more training for staff from the Teachers College Reading and Writing program in 2016.

Classroom teachers are responsible for reading, writing and math, but specialists teach science and social studies two or three times a week. Only the lower grades get instruction in art. There is an after school band. Every grade gets one period of music during the day, such as recorder for 3rd grade.

The building is shared with MS 101 and P10, a District 75 program for children with special needs. The three principals get along well and share ideas.

Special education: The school offers team teaching and self-contained classes, as well as Special Education Teacher Support Services (SETSS). Some students from P10 attend PS 304 classes. The instruction we saw in a self-contained class was just as good as in general education classes and children were full engaged in the lesson.

Admissions: Students must live in District 8, which covers the eastern Bronx. Preference is first given to siblings who attend PS 304, and then to students living in the surrounding neighborhood or those students zoned for PS 14, PS 71, and PS 72. There are usually about 200 on the wait list. (Clara Hemphill, October 2013; updated by phone, August 2016) 

 

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with MS 101 and a District 75 program, PS X010

Number of Students 519

Average Daily Attendance 95%

Students at this school

Asian

  
7%

Black

  
5%

Hispanic

  
59%

White

  
27%

Free Lunch

  
73%

Special ed

  
21%

English Language Learners

  
1%

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?

92% 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?

92% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

11% 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

58% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

58% 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?

68% 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:

18% 8% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

11% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

12% 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

8% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 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?

96% 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?

86% 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:

NA 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 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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