P.S. 89 Bronx

Grades Pre-K, K-8

What’s Special

Principal has spruced up building and brought order to school

The Downside

Despite improvements, middle school kids say there is still some bullying

Our Review

PS 89 is a nicely diverse pre-K-8 school serving students from as far away as Yemen, Croatia and Kosovo who arrive year-round.

The school is housed in a century-old brick building with a renovated library and science lab. Class size is large with up to 33 kids per room. Attendance has inched up under the leadership of Ralph Martinez who replaced Ronald Rivera in 2010, and the atmosphere has improved, but test scores have a ways to go.

Martinez spruced up the physical space with paint, spent money on laptops and Smartboards, and brought order to the middle school, according to an article in the New York Post. Martinez also encourages more discussion and hands-on work in classes.

Hes trying very hard, and everybodys working with him, teacher Maria Castillo, a 13-year veteran of PS 89, told the Post. Its a different environment.

The Post reporter said the school was clean and bright, with neat displays of student writing and artwork covering the walls. Middle-schoolers switched classes quickly, clearing the halls.

Its the best Ive seen it in nine years, a safety agent said.

Despite the improvements, some teachers and middle school students complain of occasional fights and bullying, according to the Learning Environment Survey.

In order to break the older kids into more manageable groups, Martinez launched two middle-school "academies." Students choose either Arts and Humanities or S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, math).As an iZone school, teachers get extra support in learning to teach with technology. [photo at right from the school's website]

Special Education: The school has SETSS (special education teacher support services), self-contained classes for student with special needs only and Integrated co-Teaching (ICT) classes, where two teachers work with a group of special and general education students.

ESL: The school provides classes for English Language Learners as well as individual and small group support.

Admissions: Neighborhood school (Lydie Raschka, web reports and DOE data, October 2013)

About the students

Enrollment
1510
Pre-K seats
53
Asian
8.6%
Black
19.5%
Hispanic
54.4%
White
16.4%
Other
1.1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
100%
Students with disabilities
18%
English language learners
21%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
105%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
93%
94% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
25%
19% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
73%
75% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
37%
25% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
81%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
83%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
34%
46% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
5.8
6.4 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
72%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
86%
86% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
70%
79% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
68%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
70%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
80%
85% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
35%
59% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
64%
79% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
80%
84% 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?
81%
88% Citywide Average
How many Pre-K parents say their child's teacher gave helpful ideas for how to support their child's learning?
100%
95% 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?
25%
39% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
27%
40% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 5 dedicated spaces for Music, Theater, and Visual arts
This school has 3 licensed arts teachers in Music

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
73%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
52%
55% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
71%
70% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Living Environment
How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
18%
28% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
89%
87% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Harry S Truman HS, Collegiate Institute for Math and Science, and Bronx Lab School
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?
5%
7% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
8%
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 ICT students
1.8
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.0
2.2 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.81
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.11
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
2.03
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
1.99
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
69%
69% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
78%
84% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
79%
89% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
81%
87% Citywide Average
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