P.S. 51 Bronx New School

An Insideschools pick
695 EAST 182ND STREET
BRONX NY 10457 Map
Phone: (718) 733-0347
Website: Click here
Admissions: District 10 lottery
Principal: Min Hong
Neighborhood: Belmont
District: 10
Grade range: PK-5
Parent Coordinator: HELENA ORTIZ
Number of full-day PK seats: 18
Extended PK hours offered: Contact program about extended hours.
Unzoned
Full Day
School-based pre-k

What's special:

Warm school; fosters independent, active students

The downside:

School may seem too informal for some

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Founded in 1988 by District 10 parents, Bronx New School continues to provide a progressive, lively program for students. While some classes can be boisterous, children are relaxed and happily immersed in interesting projects.

It’s an informal place: Children call teachers by their first names and no uniforms are required. Children are unusually articulate and speak freely with adults. On our visit, 3rd and 4th graders explained to us in detail their research on different kinds of sharks—describing how, for example, hammerheads attack their prey by swinging their heads from side to side and generating electric shocks. In one class, children discussed whether zoos are good for animals. In a theater class, they discussed the difference between being yourself and acting.

"Our children talk a lot. We foster that," says principal Paul Smith. This, along with a light approach to discipline, can make the school seems a bit disorganized. For example, in one class we visited, 1st graders took an unusually long time to settle down on the rug to hear their teacher tell a story. But the school is proud that it encourages children to work independently, to collaborate and to think critically, making mistakes along the way. The school has a warm staff with more male teachers than is typical in an elementary school.

The school underwent some wrenching changes in the summer 2011, when a toxic chemical was discovered at its old site on Jerome Avenue. The discovery caused anxiety among parents and staff and forced the school to relocate to a former Catholic school building about two miles away at the other end of the district. Although busing was provided, some families decided not to make the move. At the new location, there are more English Language Learners than there were at the old location.

The new building was still undergoing repairs at the time of our visit, but when the renovation is complete it will have many amenities the old building lacked, including a gym.

The school provides no designated test preparation during the regular school day, but offers a Saturday Academy for about six week that most students attend. "A strong curriculum will lead to strong testing," Smith says. "We don’t want children to be stressed out about tests.

Parents must sign a contract promising to be involved. The school requires every parent to sign a contract. "You can't just drop them off and leave but have to continually support the child's work," says assistant principal Min Hong. Participation, though, has waned since the school moved.

Special education: Most students are provided with special ed services in their regular classrooms though there is some team teaching.

Admissions: Bronx New School is open to students from anywhere in District 10. Students are selected by lottery. (Gail Robinson, February 2013)

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 238

Average Daily Attendance 93%

Students at this school

Asian

  
3%

Black

  
37%

Hispanic

  
59%

White

  
2%

Free Lunch

  
87%

Special ed

  
15%

English Language Learners

  
4%

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?

73% 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?

69% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

26% 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

28% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

32% 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?

85% 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:

NA 8% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

20% 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

17% 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?

75% 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?

80% 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:

0% 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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