PS/MS 15 Institute for Environmental Learning
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PS/MS 15 Institute for Environmental Learning
PS/MS 15 is located in a residential neighborhood in the University Heights section of the Bronx, only a few minutes walk from the subway and Bronx Community College. Constructed in 1995, this wheelchair-accessible building is shared with PS 291, and PS 10, a District 75 school for severely disabled students.
According to the Daily News the STEM revolution has made it to PS/MS 15: The Institute for Environmental Learning, where half of students don’t have access to computers or smartphones in their homes. In the 2009-2010 school year, Tara Edmunds became principal. A Bronx native and a graduate of Brooklyn Tech High School, she recognizes the importance of math and science instruction. At PS/MS 15, well-lit hallways feature colorful student work from various class subjects. The school has created an environment that promotes progressive and interactive academics as opposed to traditional, teacher directed lessons. Dr. John Hagan Brown, who holds a doctorate in cell biology, has taught 3rd and 4th grades at PS 15 since it was founded in 1995. He says: “I felt they [the students] were lacking and that if I gave 120 percent, they could get at least 100%. Some learn by listening and some by watching and some by doing. So we do more hands on than ever before and lots of videos.” PS 15 has intensive math and science classes for all students, a computer lab, math coaches and other resources that helped it best the city average on math and science tests, according to a Daily News report. The school has two science teachers, one for elementary and one for middle school. Eighth graders have the opportunity to take the Living Environment Regents, usually given in high school.
PS/MS 15 has a community-oriented focus. Middle school students hone leadership skills in service squads that assist younger children with tasks such as lining up at the cafeteria for lunch. The PTA organizes health-related workshops, including mammograms. According to Parent Coordinator Johnny Ortiz, parents involved on the School Leadership Team volunteer at fundraising activities and assist teachers. The school also partners with Good Shepherd Services for an after-school program aimed at improving literacy and leadership skills. The partnership acts as a support system for students, especially at-risk youth. In grades K-4, students participate in the New York Road Runners’ Mighty Milers Program. There is no music program, but an arts teacher introduces song and dance through movement. Classroom teachers incorporate art into their lessons. Bass, piano, guitar & vocals are offered to 8th graders only through Renaissance Youth Center.
After school: The school hosts a wide variety of clubs and teams: environmental club, computer club, and football and basketball teams. While there is only a small courtyard on campus, students make use of a large field across the street which has a track and baseball diamond. In addition, an active PTA organizes sewing, baking, and cooking classes as well as raffles.
Admissions: The only entry point is in Kindergarten. Priority to District 10 siblings of students from 1st to 4th grades. Applications can be picked up for middle school and names placed on a waitlist. Most of the students stay at the school through middle school making open spots scarce in upper grades.
Special education: P.S./M.S 15 has self-contained classes and SETSS, OT, PT & Speech therapy.
[Photo supplied from school’s Facebook] (Tumpe Trotter, November 2009; Jacquie Wayans, Web reports & interview sinterview, updated June 2013)
At a glance
Number of Students 497
Average Daily Attendance 95%
Safety & vibe
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?88% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
ARE CLASSES BIG?
Number of students in an average kindergarten classNA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Number of students in an average fifth grade classNA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Number of students in an average middle school english classNA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE
DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?84% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many students are chronically absent?11% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of students in grades 3-8 who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam
Percent of students in grades 3-8 who scored 3 or 4 on the state ela exam
Percent of 4th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state science exam
Percent of 8th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state science exam
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?
This school offers self-contained classes.
Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:0% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
This school offers team teaching (ict).
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:NA 14% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:NA 8% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:13% 15% 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?
How many teachers say students with special needs are educated in the least restrictive environment appropriate?
How many parents of students with ieps say this school offers a wide enough variety of services and activities for their children’s needs?