P.S. 89 Bronx

BRONX NY 10469 Map
Phone: (718) 653-0835
Website: Click here
Admissions: Neighborhood school
Principal: Ralph Martinez
Neighborhood: Baychester
District: 11
Grade range: 0K thru 08
Parent coordinator: BRENDA MCFARLAN

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

The Inside Stats



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)

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