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Dos Puentes Elementary School

Grades: K-5
Staff Pick
185 Wadsworth Avenue
Manhattan NY 10033
Phone: 212-781-1803

Our Insights

What’s Special

Dual language program with unusual degree of parent involvement

The Downside

New school has no track record

Experienced leadership, a carefully crafted curriculum, and a cohesive staff that's fully bilingual in English and Spanish make Dos Puentes one of the most promising new schools to open in recent years. Dedicated to teaching children to read, write and speak fluently in both languages, the administration and staff have fostered an unusual degree of parent involvement from both Spanish- and English-speaking parents.

Founding principal Victoria Hunt, who received her doctorate in bilingual education from Teacher's College, taught for many years in the dual language programs at PS 165 and PS 75, where she was also assistant principal. What distinguishes Dos Puentes from those schools is that the whole school is dual language, while those schools have just one class in dual language.

The school is firmly in the progressive camp. There's time for play, with dress-up corners and toy kitchens in kindergarten. Children are encouraged to explore their own interests, to read books they choose themselves, and to speak as much as they listen. "If the teacher is the only one talking, they aren't going to learn the language," says Hunt. All children, even as they grow older, have choice time, a time when they may choose to read, write or draw, to play with blocks or Legos, or to explore science projects.

Field trips enhance childrens' experiences. Educators from the Bronx Zoo work with Dos Puentes teachers to create a science curriculum that includes activities not only at the zoo but also at outdoor spaces near the school.

Opened in 2013, Dos Puentes shares an old but well-kept building with PS 132. Halls are covered with childrens work. Each grade has two general education classes and one ICT class (a class with two teachers and a mix of children with special needs and those in general education.) Each class has an intern college student from City College or Teacher's College. While the school has no track record—it only had grades k-2 at the time of our  visit—itseems to be off to a terrific start.

Families (including the pre-school brothers and sisters of children enrolled at Dos Puentes) are invited to sit in on classrooms for a little while every other Friday. The language of instruction alternates each day, and the day of our visit, all instruction was in Spanish. Dozens of parents came to work on projects with their children: Younger children were constructing gingerbread houses, while older ones interviewed their parents for essays about their family histories. Classroom visits were followed by a chat with Hunt, who welcomed and introduced a family who had just enrolled their children that day, having arrived from the Dominican Republic. Hunt then shared the schools goal's for the coming year.

The meeting with the principal was held in Spanish, with translators on hand for English speakers—asign of the school's commitment to ensuring Spanish doesn't get short shrift and that Spanish-speaking parents feel welcome. One of the goals for the year was to decrease tardiness but, rather than criticizing parents for bringing children to school late, Hunt invited parents to converse with one another, then to share aloud their tips for getting children to school on time. Both Spanish- and English-speaking parents offered suggestions such as insisting on an early bedtime, laying out school uniforms the night before, or planning to leave the house 15 minutes early.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school offers ICT classes as well as SETSS (special education teacher support services) occupational therapy, speech, counseling and physical therapy. A full-time reading specialist works with small groups of children.

ADMISSIONS: Zoned neighborhood school. Parents who live in the attendance zone may choose either PS 132, which has a traditional English-only curriculum, or Dos Puentes. (Clara Hemphill, December 2015)

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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

From the 2022-2023 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
84% Citywide Average

From the 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
1% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2023 End-of-year Attendance and Chronic Absenteeism Report

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
85% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From the New York State 2022-2023 Assessment Database

How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
53% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
50% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From the 2022-23 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From the 2022-23 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
91% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
36% Citywide Average

From the 2020 School Directories

This school offers Dual Language classes in Spanish.

How does this school serve special populations?

From the New York State 2022-2023 Assessment Database

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
30% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
23% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
21% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
12% Citywide Average

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Contact & Location


Washington Heights (District 6)
Trains: 1 Line, A Line to 181st St
Buses: Bx11, Bx13, Bx3, Bx35, M100, M101, M3, M4, M5, M98


Victoria Hunt
Parent Coordinator
Consuelo Villegas

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares a building with PS 132
Metal detectors?

Zone for the 2019-2020 school year. Call school to confirm.

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