PS/MS 15 Institute for Environmental Learning

Grades K-8

What’s Special

Strong parental involvement in school open district-wide

The Downside

No music program

Our Review

PS/MS 15 is located in a residential neighborhood in the University Heights section of the Bronx, only a few minutes walk from the subway and Bronx Community College. Constructed in 1995, this wheelchair-accessible building is shared withPS 291, and PS 10, a District 75 school for severely disabled students.

According to the Daily News the STEM revolution has made it to PS/MS 15: The Institute for Environmental Learning, where half of students dont have access to computers or smartphones in their homes. In the 2009-2010 school year, Tara Edmunds became principal. A Bronx native and a graduate of Brooklyn Tech High School, sherecognizes the importanceof math and science instruction. At PS/MS 15, well-lit hallways feature colorful student work from various class subjects. The school has created an environment that promotes progressive and interactive academics as opposed to traditional, teacher directed lessons. Dr. John Hagan Brown, who holds a doctorate in cell biology, has taught 3rd and 4th grades at PS 15 since it was founded in 1995. He says: I felt they [the students] were lacking and that if I gave 120 percent, they could get at least 100%. Some learn by listening and some by watching and some by doing. So we do more hands on than ever before and lots of videos. PS 15 has intensive math and science classes for all students, a computer lab, math coaches and other resources that helped it best the city average on math and science tests, according to a Daily News report. The school has two science teachers, one for elementary and one for middle school. Eighth graders have the opportunity to take the Living Environment Regents, usually given in high school.

PS/MS 15 has a community-oriented focus. Middle school students hone leadership skills in service squads that assist younger children with tasks such as lining up at the cafeteria for lunch. The PTA organizes health-related workshops, including mammograms. According to Parent Coordinator Johnny Ortiz, parents involved on the School Leadership Team volunteer at fundraising activities and assist teachers. The school also partners withGood Shepherd Servicesfor an after-school program aimed at improving literacy and leadership skills. The partnership acts as a support system for students, especially at-risk youth. In grades K-4, students participate in the New York Road Runners Mighty Milers Program. There is no music program, but an arts teacher introduces song and dance through movement. Classroom teachers incorporate art into their lessons. Bass, piano, guitar & vocals are offered to 8th graders only through Renaissance Youth Center.

After school:The school hosts a wide variety of clubs and teams: environmental club, computer club, and football and basketball teams. While there is only a small courtyard on campus, students make use of a large field across the street which has a track and baseball diamond. In addition, an active PTA organizes sewing, baking, and cooking classes as well as raffles.

Admissions:The only entry point is in Kindergarten. Priority to District 10 siblings of students from 1st to 4th grades. Applications can be picked up for middle school and names placed on a waitlist. Most of the students stay at the school through middle school making open spots scarce in upper grades.

Special education: P.S./M.S 15 has self-contained classes and SETSS, OT, PT & Speech therapy.

[Photo supplied from schoolsFacebook] (Tumpe Trotter, November 2009; Jacquie Wayans, Web reports & interview sinterview, updated June 2013)

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
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
150%
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?
87%
75% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
20%
25% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
78%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
93%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
44%
46% 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?
84%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
96%
86% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
90%
79% 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?
97%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
90%
85% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
61%
59% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
72%
79% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
80%
84% 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?
39%
39% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
42%
40% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 0 dedicated spaces for the arts.
This school has 2 licensed arts teachers in Visual arts (part-time) and Music

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
78%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
52%
55% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
71%
70% 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%
87% 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 former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
0%
18% 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?
81%
69% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
80%
84% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
84%
89% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
81%
87% Citywide Average
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