P.S. 24 Spuyten Duyvil

An Insideschools pick
660 WEST 236 STREET
BRONX NY 10463 Map
Phone: (718) 796-8845
Website: Click here
Admissions: neighborhood school
Principal: Andrea Feldman
Neighborhood: Riverdale
District: 10
Grade range: K-5
Parent Coordinator: FLORENCE BYRNE
Zoned
Gifted and Talented

What's special:

A robust arts program and passionate teachers.

The downside:

Overcrowding

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

PS 24 is housed in a pleasant, two-story red-brick building on a street lined with maple trees. Built in the 1950s, the building is spotless, with shiny floors and polished brass rails. It has an art studio, a well-equipped library, and a science room that even has a planetarium. Instrumental music is offered in all grades. Classrooms are large and sunny.

Long one of the highest performing schools in the Bronx, PS 24 has suffered in recent years from significant overcrowding and squabbling between the administration and staff.

There has long been bad blood between some teachers and the administration. The New York Post had a field day when former Principal Donna Connelly apparently tossed teachers desks on the street and was quoted as saying "It's the 21st Century. You don't need desks!" Connelly, who replaced a principal forced out by teachers who accused him of religious proselytizing in 2009, was forced out herself in 2015.

Overcrowding has been particularly severe since 2015, when the school lost a lease on an annex that had housed 5th graders and a lunchroom was converted into four classrooms.

The school made the news again in 2016 when a state assemblyman, Jeffrey Dinowitz, accused the PS 24 administration of contributing to overcrowding by allowing children from outside the school zone to enroll. Assistant Principal Manuele Verdi, meanwhile, filed a lawsuit accusing a Dinowitz staffer of reviewing kindergarten applications at the school with the goal of excluding low-income children and children of color.

These problems haven't diminished the school's popularity. The school has a district gifted and talented program, which is routinely filled to capacity.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school has team-teaching classes on every grade that mix a portion of children with disabilities into general classes with two teachers. Other supports include occupational therapists, speech and physical therapists, and school psychologists.

ADMISSIONS: Zoned, neighborhood school (Clara Hemphill, web reports and school data, August 2016)

InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

Number of Students 1011

Average Daily Attendance 94%

Students at this school

Asian

  
9%

Black

  
6%

Hispanic

  
42%

White

  
40%

Free Lunch

  
27%

Special ed

  
15%

English Language Learners

  
3%

Safety & vibe

ARE KIDS
NICE?

How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?

28% 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

41% 86% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average kindergarten class

23 23 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average fifth grade class

25 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

43% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

69% 87% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

13% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

74% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

44% 85% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

74% 91% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

56% 39% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

47% 30% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

94% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Parents

Are parents involved?

How many parents responded to the school survey?

38% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

58% 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?

76% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Do parents like the school?

How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?

96% 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:

15% 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:

16% 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

13% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

10% 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?

99% 98% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

69% 94% 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?

68% 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:

NA 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

11% 28% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

85% 90% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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