P.S. 396

1930 ANDREWS AVENUE
BRONX NY 10453 Map
Phone: (718) 294-0862
Website: Click here
Admissions: Neighborhood school
Principal: Nicole Tine
Neighborhood: University Heights
District: 10
Grade range: PK-5
Parent Coordinator: MARILYN MORALES
Number of full-day PK seats: 36
Extended PK hours offered: Contact program about extended hours.
Zoned
Full Day
School-based pre-k

What's special:

Embraces kids with special needs to the benefit of all children

The downside:

Too many kids are chronically absent

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

PS 396 has developed a reputation for its can-do spirit in assisting children with special needs in ways that benefit all kids. Principal Nicole Tine, who took over in 2010, has continued the good work started by her predecessor Lawrence Wright, who embraced kids with special needs. Enrollment is on the rise and test scores are improving for all kids.

PS 396 is home to an ASD NEST program, which features inclusion classes for high functioning children with autism spectrum disorders. Dorothy Siegel, project director of the ASD NEST support team, called PS 396 "a very good school serving a very poor neighborhood that includes a homeless shelter." Classes are small and taught by two trained teachers working together with a large support staff of occupational, physical and speech therapists as well as music, art and gym teachers. Kindergarten combines four ASD children and eight typically developing children. The ratio changes as the children mature, reaching a 4-to-16 ratio in grades 4 and 5.

To assist ELLs (English language learners), the school hosts Family ESL (English as a Second Language) classes and Saturday family workshops with Language in Play, a language-based theater program. The school hosts student teachers from Hunter, NYU, Teacher's College, and Bank Street College, meaning kids have the benefit of an extra adult to help out in class.

Teachers are supported, too. A social studies teacher works with classroom teachers on each grade to help them infuse more reading and writing into their lessons. All new teachers are paired with a mentor who has had special training in how to be a mentor.

Movement is a priority at PS 396: every morning, all children move to music for three minutes. After lunch some teachers lead yoga exercises to help kids focus, according to an article in the United Federation of Teachers newsletter.

There are still too many children who are chronically absent but school surveys show overall satisfaction among parents and teachers [photo from the school website].

The school is housed in a sprawling complex consisting of a main building constructed in 1938, a modern addition with curved walls built in the 1980s, and an earlier annex built in 1922. It shares the complex with a middle school, MS 390.

Admissions: Neighborhood school (Lydie Raschka, school data, August 2014)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares a building with MS 390

Number of Students 357

Average Daily Attendance 93%

Students at this school

Asian

  
0%

Black

  
22%

Hispanic

  
76%

White

  
2%

Free Lunch

  
88%

Special ed

  
26%

English Language Learners

  
19%

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?

43% 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?

62% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

27% 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

22% 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?

60% 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:

45% 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

35% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

5% 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?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

83% 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?

88% 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:

50% 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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