P.S. 35 Franz Siegel

An Insideschools pick
261 EAST 163 STREET
BRONX NY 10451 Map
Phone: (718) 681-7214
Website: Click here
Admissions: Neighborhood school
Principal: Graciela Navarro
Neighborhood: Concourse Village
District: 9
Grade range: K-5
Parent Coordinator: EILEEN CLEMENTE
Zoned

What's special:

Strong teaching, stable staff, excellent student writing.

The downside:

Tiny, overcrowded building.

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

A few blocks from Yankee Stadium, PS 35 is a neighborhood elementary school with stable leadership, experienced teachers, and engaged students. The instructional style is on the traditional side, with a strong focus on reading, writing, and math. Although it is located in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the city, PS 35 provides high quality instruction and a welcoming learning environment for its students.

The school has an academic tone, with departmentalized classes in grades 3-5, meaning that students take math and science with one teacher and ELA and social studies with another. This approach allows teachers to specialize in the subjects that they teach. It also eases the transition to middle school for the students, according to Principal Graciela Navarro, who has led the school since 2000. Students in 4th and 5th grade have “majors” too. At the beginning of the year, they may choose to study music, dance, robotics, or technology for one double period each week.

“We’re very big on writing here,” said Navarro. Students do lots of writing in every subject. Student work displayed throughout the school ranges from book reports about E. B. White’s Stuart Little to explanations of an experiment about swinging pendulums. In a 5th grade English Language Arts class we visited, students worked on short essays independently, some on laptops and some with pen and paper, referencing thesauruses and dictionaries as they worked.

PS 35 also has a strong focus on math. The school works with two math education consultants, who work with students and also provide professional development for teachers. Teachers use a mix of workbooks and more conceptual word problems in their classes. In a 3rd grade math class, students worked in small groups, some creating their own problem and solving it and others working on problems from the workbook.

The school’s science teacher leads interesting classes for all grades. His classroom is packed with interesting objects for students to study, from plants to bark to seashells. In science class students do fun projects, like making balloon rockets to learn about how air is compressed inside of a balloon and how air pressure can power a rocket.

The school struggles with overcrowding. Space in classrooms is tight, and the library might be used for classes in English as a Second Language (ESL), special education services, and teacher meetings all at the same time.

Students may participate in a variety of afterschool clubs, including step team, art, and technology club. Students in grades 2 through 5 may participate in chorus. There is also a Saturday Academy for students needing extra help with their schoolwork. Students continue on to a variety of middle schools, including Mott Hall III, Bronx School for Law, Government and Justice, The Urban Assembly School for Applied Math and Science, and JHS 22.

English language learners: There are no self-contained classes for English language learners. Students who are learning English receive support from the school’s ESL teacher, who works with them in and out of their regular classes.

Special education: In kindergarten, 2nd, and 3rd grades there are team-taught classes (with two teachers) where students with special needs are taught alongside their non-disabled peers. There are also five self-contained classes where about 12 students with special needs are taught by one teacher.

Admissions: Zoned neighborhood school. (Pauline Zaldonis, November 2013)

InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 696

Average Daily Attendance 93%

Students at this school

Asian

  
1%

Black

  
29%

Hispanic

  
68%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
96%

Special ed

  
23%

English Language Learners

  
25%

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?

82% 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?

86% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

23% 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

20% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

28% 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?

76% 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:

2% 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:

5% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

9% 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

4% 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?

91% 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?

85% 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:

0% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

16% 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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