P.S. 24 Spuyten Duyvil
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P.S. 24 Spuyten Duyvil
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)
At a glance
Number of Students 1011
Average Daily Attendance 94%
Safety & vibe
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 class23 23 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Number of students in an average fifth grade class25 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
How many students are chronically absent?13% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam
Percent of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state ela exam
Percent of 4th 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?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?
This school does not offer self-contained classes.
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
This school offers team teaching (ict).
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?
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?