P.S. 24 Spuyten Duyvil

Grades K-5
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What’s Special

A robust arts program and passionate teachers

The Downside

Overcrowding

Our Review

PS 24 is housed in a pleasant, two-story red-brick building on a street lined with maple trees. Built in the 1950s, the building is spotless, with shiny floors and polished brass rails. It has an art studio, a well-equipped library, and a science room that even has a planetarium. Instrumental music is offered in all grades. Classrooms are large and sunny.

Long one of the highest performing schools in the Bronx, PS 24 has suffered in recent years from significant overcrowding and squabbling between the administration and staff.

There has long been bad blood between some teachers and the administration. The New York Post had a field day when former Principal Donna Connelly apparently tossed teachers desks on the street and was quoted as saying "It's the 21st Century. You don't need desks!" Connelly, who replaced a principal forced out by teachers who accused him of religious proselytizing in 2009, was forced out herself in 2015.

Overcrowding has been particularly severe since 2015, when the school lost a lease on an annex that had housed 5th-graders and a lunchroom was converted into four classrooms.

The school made the news again in 2016 when a state assemblyman, Jeffrey Dinowitz, accused the PS 24 administration of contributing to overcrowding by allowing children from outside the school zone to enroll. Assistant Principal Manuele Verdi, meanwhile, filed a lawsuit accusing a Dinowitz staffer of reviewing kindergarten applications at the school with the goal of excluding low-income children and children of color.

These problems haven't diminished the school's popularity. The school has a district-wide gifted and talented program, which is routinely filled to capacity.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school has ICT team-teaching classes on every grade that mix a portion of children with disabilities into general classes with two teachers. Other supports include occupational therapists, speech and physical therapists, and school psychologists.

ADMISSIONS: Zoned, neighborhood school.(Clara Hemphill, web reports and school data, August 2016)

About the students

Enrollment
964
Asian
8.8%
Black
6.0%
Hispanic
42.4%
White
38.1%
Other
4.7%
Free or reduced priced lunch
27%
Students with disabilities
13%
English language learners
3%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with MS/HS 141
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
122%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
94%
94% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
15%
21% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
30%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
92%
85% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
0.7
6.6 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
37%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
25%
87% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
59%
79% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
84%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
61%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
41%
87% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
33%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
79%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
81%
87% 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?
62%
40% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
57%
39% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 3 dedicated spaces for Music, Theater, and Visual arts
This school has 4 licensed arts teachers in Music (part-time), Visual arts (part-time), and Theater
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?
11%
22% 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
2.39
2.0 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.6
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
2.1
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.37
2.2 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
1.99
2.2 Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
81%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
91%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
81%
89% Citywide Average
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