P.S. 89 Bronx

980 MACE AVENUE
BRONX NY 10469 Map
Phone: (718) 653-0835
Website: Click here
Admissions: Neighborhood school
Principal: Ralph Martinez
Neighborhood: Baychester
District: 11
Grade range: PK-8
Parent Coordinator: Brenda Mcfarlan
Zoned

What's special:

Principal has spruced up building and brought order to school

The downside:

Despite improvements, middle school kids say there is still some bullying

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

PS 89 is a nicely diverse K-8 school serving students from as far away as Yemen, Croatia and Kosovo who arrive year-round.

The school is housed in a century-old brick building with a renovated library and science lab. Class size is large with up to 33 kids per room. Attendance has inched up under the leadership of Ralph Martinez who replaced Ronald Rivera in 2010, and the atmosphere has improved, but test scores have a ways to go. 

Martinez spruced up the physical space with paint, spent money on laptops and Smartboards, and brought order to the middle school, according to an article in the New York Post. Martinez also encourages more discussion and hands-on work in classes.

“He’s trying very hard, and everybody’s working with him,” teacher Maria Castillo, a 13-year veteran of PS 89, told the Post. “It’s a different environment.”

The Post reporter said the school was clean and bright, with neat displays of student writing and artwork covering the walls. Middle-schoolers switched classes quickly, clearing the halls.

“It’s the best I’ve seen it in nine years,” a safety agent said.

Despite the improvements, some teachers and middle school students complain of occasional fights and bullying, according to the Learning Environment Survey.

In order to break the older kids into more manageable groups, Martinez launched two middle-school "academies." Students choose either Arts and Humanities or S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, math). As an iZone school, teachers get extra support in learning to teach with technology. [photo at right from the school's website]

Special Education: The school has SETSS (special education teacher support services), self-contained classes for student with special needs only and Integrated co-Teaching (ICT) classes, where two teachers work with a group of special and general education students.

ESL: The school provides classes for English Language Learners as well as individual and small group support.

Admissions: Neighborhood school (Lydie Raschka, web reports and DOE data, October 2013)

InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 1416

Average Daily Attendance 93%

Students at this school

Asian

  
7%

Black

  
25%

Hispanic

  
51%

White

  
17%

Free Lunch

  
100%

Special ed

  
19%

English Language Learners

  
18%

Safety & vibe

ARE KIDS
NICE?

How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?

32% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

77% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average kindergarten class

24 23 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average fifth grade class

28 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average middle school english class

32 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

73% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

65% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

25% 23% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

72% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

72% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

78% 87% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students in grades 3-8 who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam

17% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students in grades 3-8 who scored 3 or 4 on the state ela exam

14% 29% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

48% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 8th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state science exam

45% 52% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 8th grades pass high school regents exams?

Percent of 8th graders who take and pass the algebra regents:

21% 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 8th graders who take and pass a science regents:

21% 15% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Parents

Are parents involved?

How many parents responded to the school survey?

39% 62% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

61% 69% 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?

67% 71% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Do parents like the school?

How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?

85% 93% 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:

0% 3% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

5% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

3% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

7% 14% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

5% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many parents say students with disabilities are included in all activities?

96% 97% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

76% 87% 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?

82% 88% 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:

3% 4% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

31% 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

91% 88% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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