P.S. 19 Judith K. Weiss

Grades K-8

What’s Special

Safe, orderly; solid academics

The Downside

Large classes, limited arts

Our Review

PS 19 is a safe, small K-8 school with lots of parental involvement, strong leadership and contented teachers, according to school surveys. Test scores range from average to above average. Class size is large and the arts are thin compared to some schoolsbut academics are solid and the administration does a good job of keeping parents informed.

The school website is up-to-date and very informative, with links to Common Core State Standards, class pages, homework expectations and even staff emails. Parents may attend many workshops on academics and other topics to stay informed. Regents-level coursework for 8th-graders is not offered.

Former assistant principal Timothy Sullivan took the helm in 2008 and gets high marks from teachers on school surveys. Teachers say he is a good manager and the school is safe and orderly. The school hires gym, science and computer teachersand offers chess and theater but lacks the wider range of art and extras that can be found in larger schools. The school is overcrowded so some specials are held in classrooms.

Middle school students take trips to places like Washington D.C., and Lake Compounce, a water park in Connecticut. They may participate in dances held around certain holidays such as Valentine's Day and Christmas. Students also participate in a number of community outreach programs like Jump Rope for Heart. There are Irish Heritage Performances and Bronx Arts Ensemble presentations.

Admissions: Neighborhood school. (Lydie Raschka, web reports and school data, August 2014)

About the students

Enrollment
517
Asian
4.1%
Black
7.7%
Hispanic
26.3%
White
60.0%
Other
1.9%
Free or reduced priced lunch
56%
Students with disabilities
17%
English language learners
8%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
169%
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?
10%
19% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
97%
75% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
16%
25% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
93%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
100%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
56%
46% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
8.0
6.4 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
97%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
97%
86% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
96%
79% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
97%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
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?
97%
85% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
56%
59% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
83%
79% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
60%
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?
47%
39% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
44%
40% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 1 dedicated space for an Auditorium
This school has 0 licensed arts teachers in Dance, Music, Theater or Visual arts

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
56%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
37%
55% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
54%
70% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
33%
28% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
85%
87% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
New World HS
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?
4%
7% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
30%
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 self-contained students
2.23
2.2 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.17
2.2 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?
84%
84% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
90%
89% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
80%
87% Citywide Average
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