P.S. 92 Bronx

700 EAST 179 STREET
BRONX NY 10457 Map
Phone: (718) 731-7900
Admissions: Neighborhood school
Principal: Cheryl Hall
Neighborhood: Tremont/ East Tremont
District: 12
Grade range: PK-5
Parent Coordinator: MILDRED RODRIGUEZ
Zoned
Dual Language

What's special:

Bright building with welcoming couches in the office.

The downside:

Poor attendance and low levels of academic achievement.

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

PS 92 serves a poor student population, including many who live in massive housing projects made of gray poured concrete and about 100 from nearby homeless shelters. The inside of the school, while undistinguished, is bright and spacious and well-decorated with children’s art work. The main office is carpeted and there are three couches for parents and guests to wait.

The neighborhood is far from the nearest subway. There are few stores and many of the buildings are run down. There are hints of the difficulties children face in the titles of their essays posted on the walls, “When I went to the hospital,” “When my grandfather died,” and “Why I can’t play in the park.”

Principal Manuel Estrella, a graduate of the Leadership Academy (a fast-track training program for principals), says it’s difficult to recruit teachers because the neighborhood is isolated. Students are often absent, and Estrella, who became principal in 2009, is working hard to improve attendance by sending family workers to visit children’s homes. Test scores have been consistently low.

While parents are generally happy with the school, many teachers are dissatisfied. Only 42 percent of teachers say order and disciplined are maintained; half mistrust the principal; and 60 percent say he in an ineffective manager, according to the Learning Environment Survey.

Special education: More than 70 children are assigned to self-contained special education classes. The school also offers collaborative team teaching classes and special education teacher support services (SETSS).

Admissions: Neighborhood school. (Clara Hemphill, interviews, February 2012)

InsideStats

Click tabs above to see school stats

At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 506

Average Daily Attendance 90%

Students at this school

Asian

  
1%

Black

  
21%

Hispanic

  
75%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
91%

Special ed

  
20%

English Language Learners

  
21%

Safety & vibe

ARE KIDS
NICE?

How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?

17% 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

73% 83% 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

31 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

90% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

90% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

44% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

93% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

90% 88% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

97% 91% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

4% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

4% 29% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

57% 86% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Parents

Are parents involved?

How many parents responded to the school survey?

47% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

67% 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?

72% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Do parents like the school?

How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?

91% 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:

3% 5% 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:

0% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

98% 98% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

93% 89% 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?

81% 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:

0% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

10% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

87% 90% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Comments

Please post comments

  • Give specific examples. Tell us why this school rocks (or doesn't)
  • No profanity. No racial or ethnic slurs. No personal attacks
  • Criticism is fine but don't be nasty.
  • Flag inappropriate comments. (Hover your cursor over comments to see flag)