PS/MS 15 Institute for Environmental Learning

Grades K-8

Location

2195 Andrews Avenue
Bronx NY 10453
University Heights (District 10)
Trains: B, D to 182nd-183rd Sts; 4 to 183rd St
Buses: Bx12, Bx12-SBS, Bx2, Bx3, Bx32, Bx36, Bx40, Bx42

Contact

Phone
718-563-0473
Principal
Tara Edmonds
Parent Coordinator
Alejandro Cirilo

What’s Special

Strong attendance; good support for high school admissions

The Downside

Limited seats in middle school

Our Review

The Institute for Environmental Learning, PS/MS 15 is a combined elementary and middle school with two classes per grade. The school has strong attendance and provides students good support through the high school admissions process.

Test scores run average for the city, but exceed district-wide performance. The school has a good record of challenging stronger students while raising the achievement of those arriving with weak skills, particularly for English, according to the 2015-16 Quality Snapshot. By the end of 8th grade, roughly half of the students earn high school credit, taking Living Environment.

In an effort to make teaching livelier and more challenging, the school implemented new reading and writing programs, according to the schools 2016-17 Comprehensive Education Plan (CEP).

In grades K to 2, teachers now use the Core Knowledge, which exposes students to a broad range of historical, scientific and cultural topics that helps build their vocabulary and well as knowledge base. Teachers use the Expeditionary Learning program in grades 3 to 8, which encourages students to read, write and research topics across English, social studies and science, according to the CEP.

The school was praised in its 2015-16 Quality Review for supporting students through the high school admissions process. The majority of students say the school provides useful information about high school admissions as well as guidance through the application process according to their responses to the 2016-17 NYC School Survey.

PS/MS 15 shares a building with PS 291, a neighborhood elementary school and P 10, which is part of D75, the citywide district for students with severe disabilities. P 10 students are part of an inclusion program and are “active participants” in PS/MS 15’s middle school, according to the CEP.

ADMISSIONS: District 10 priority for kindergarten. Limited space for 6th-graders new to the school. Middle school applicants should contact the school directly for information on how to apply. (Laura Zingmond, web reports, August 2017; photo from YouTube)

 

About the students

Enrollment
505
Asian
1.2%
Black
12.9%
Hispanic
84.8%
White
0.2%
Other
1.0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
100%
Students with disabilities
22%
English language learners
9%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with PS 291
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
141%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
95%
94% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
11%
19% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
91%
76% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
38%
50% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
87%
84% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
82%
88% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
51%
45% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
6.4
6.4 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
81%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
87%
87% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
82%
81% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
97%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
95%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
87%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
87%
86% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
61%
60% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
74%
78% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
83%
82% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Test scores

How many students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
44%
39% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
39%
42% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 3 dedicated spaces for Music, Theater, and Media arts
This school has 1 licensed art teacher in Music

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
77%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
65%
59% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
73%
68% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Living Environment
How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
55%
28% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
89%
86% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
New Visions Charter HS for the Humanities
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
6%
6% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
44%
42% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
Average math score for ICT students
1.82
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.9
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
2.09
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.12
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
84%
69% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
86%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
96%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
86%
88% Citywide Average
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