P.S. 396

Grades Pre-K, K-5

What’s Special

Embraces kids with special needs to the benefit of all children

The Downside

Too many kids are chronically absent

Our Review

PS 396 has developed a reputation for its can-do spirit in assisting children with special needs in ways that benefit all kids. Principal Nicole Tine, who took over in 2010, has continued the good work started by her predecessor Lawrence Wright, who embraced kids with special needs. Enrollment is on the rise and test scores are improving for all kids.

PS 396 is home to an ASD NEST program, which features inclusion classes for high functioning children with autism spectrum disorders. Dorothy Siegel, project director of the ASD NEST support team, called PS 396 "a very good school serving a very poor neighborhood that includes a homeless shelter." Classes are small and taught by two trained teachers working together with a large support staff of occupational, physical and speech therapists as well as music, art and gym teachers. Kindergarten combines four ASD children and eight typically developing children. The ratio changes as the children mature, reaching a 4-to-16 ratio in grades 4 and 5.

To assist ELLs (English language learners), the school hosts Family ESL (English as a Second Language) classes and Saturday family workshops with Language in Play, a language-based theater program. The school hosts student teachers from Hunter, NYU, Teacher's College, and Bank Street College, meaning kids have the benefit of an extra adult to help out in class.

Teachers are supported, too. A social studies teacher works with classroom teachers on each grade to help them infuse more reading and writing into their lessons. All new teachers are paired with a mentor who has had special training in how to be a mentor.

Movement is a priority at PS 396: every morning, all children move to music for three minutes. After lunch some teachers lead yoga exercises to help kids focus, according to an article in the United Federation of Teachers newsletter.

There are still too many children who are chronically absent but school surveys show overall satisfaction among parents and teachers [photo from the school website].

The school is housed in a sprawling complex consisting of a main building constructed in 1938, a modern addition with curved walls built in the 1980s, and an earlier annex built in 1922. It shares the complex with a middle school, MS 390.

Admissions: Neighborhood school (Lydie Raschka, school data, August 2014)

About the students

Enrollment
349
Pre-K seats
32
Asian
0.3%
Black
19.8%
Hispanic
77.1%
White
2.0%
Other
0.9%
Free or reduced priced lunch
92%
Students with disabilities
26%
English language learners
24%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with MS 390
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
103%
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?
24%
21% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
61%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
59%
88% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
5.6
6.6 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
79%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
90%
90% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
79%
82% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
53%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
79%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
89%
89% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
46%
65% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
84%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
92%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents say their child's teacher helped their child adjust to Pre-K?
86%
98% Citywide Average
How many parents say this Pre-K program helped them consider which elementary schools would meet their childrens' needs?
100%
92% Citywide Average
How many Pre-K parents say their child's teacher gave helpful ideas for how to support their child's learning?
92%
97% 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?
18%
43% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
23%
42% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 3 dedicated spaces for Music, Visual arts, and Media arts
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?
0%
9% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
39%
46% 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
2.7
2.4 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.8
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
1.54
2.8 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
1.94
2.2 Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
84%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
92%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
89%
89% Citywide Average
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Location

1930 Andrews Avenue
Bronx NY 10453
University Heights (District 10)
Trains: B, D to Tremont Ave; 4 to Burnside Ave
Buses: Bx12, Bx18, Bx2, Bx3, Bx32, Bx36, Bx40, Bx42

Contact

Phone
718-294-0862
Principal
Nicole Tine
Parent Coordinator
Marilyn Morales

Zone for the 2017-2018 school year. Call school to confirm.