PS/MS 15 Institute for Environmental Learning
Bronx NY 10453
Strong attendance; good support for high school admissions
Limited seats in middle school
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)