P.S. 51 Bronx New School

Grades Pre-K, K-5
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Location

695 East 182nd Street
Bronx NY 10457
Belmont (District 10)
Buses: Bx15, Bx17, Bx19, Bx36, Bx40, Bx42, Bx9

Contact

Phone
718-733-0347
Principal
Min Hong

What’s Special

Warm school; fosters independent, active students

The Downside

School may seem too informal for some

Our Review

Founded in 1988 by District 10 parents, Bronx New School continues to provide a progressive, lively program for students. While some classes can be boisterous, children are relaxed and happily immersed in interesting projects.

Its an informal place: Children call teachers by their first names and no uniforms are required. Children are unusually articulate and speak freely with adults. On our visit, 3rd and 4th graders explained to us in detail their research on different kinds of sharksdescribing how, for example, hammerheads attack their prey by swinging their heads from side to side and generating electric shocks. In one class, children discussed whether zoos are good for animals. In a theater class, they discussed the difference between being yourself and acting.

"Our children talk a lot. We foster that," says principal Paul Smith. This, along with a light approach to discipline, can make the school seems a bit disorganized. For example, in one class we visited, 1st graders took an unusually long time to settle down on the rug to hear their teacher tell a story. But the school is proud that it encourages children to work independently, to collaborate and to think critically, making mistakes along the way. The school has a warm staff with more male teachers than is typical in an elementary school.

The school underwent some wrenching changes in the summer 2011, when a toxic chemical was discovered at its old site on Jerome Avenue. The discovery caused anxiety among parents and staff and forced the school to relocate to a former Catholic school building about two miles away at the other end of the district. Although busing was provided, some families decided not to make the move. At the new location, there are more English Language Learners than there were at the old location.

The new building was still undergoing repairs at the time of our visit, but when the renovation is complete it will have many amenities the old building lacked, including a gym.

The school provides no designated test preparation during the regular school day, but offers a Saturday Academy for about six week that most students attend. "A strong curriculum will lead to strong testing," Smith says. "We dont want children to be stressed out about tests.

Parents must sign a contract promising to be involved. The school requires every parent to sign a contract. "You can't just drop them off and leave but have to continually support the child's work," says assistant principal Min Hong. Participation, though, has waned since the school moved.

Special education: Most students are provided with special ed services in their regular classrooms though there is some team teaching.

Admissions: Bronx New School is open to students from anywhere in District 10. Students are selected by lottery. (Gail Robinson, February 2013)

About the students

Enrollment
232
Pre-K seats
18
Asian
1.7%
Black
34.9%
Hispanic
61.2%
White
1.3%
Other
0.9%
Free or reduced priced lunch
88%
Students with disabilities
15%
English language learners
3%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
135%
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?
22%
21% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
73%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
93%
85% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
1.0
6.6 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
69%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
57%
87% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
69%
79% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
47%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
87%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
69%
87% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
85%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
78%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
85%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents say their child's teacher helped their child adjust to Pre-K?
100%
97% Citywide Average
How many parents say this Pre-K program helped them consider which elementary schools would meet their childrens' needs?
88%
91% Citywide Average
How many Pre-K parents say their child's teacher gave helpful ideas for how to support their child's learning?
100%
96% 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?
27%
40% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
32%
39% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 1 dedicated space for Music
This school has 1 licensed arts teacher in Theater
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the 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 self-contained students
1.96
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.02
2.2 Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
80%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
90%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
90%
89% Citywide Average
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