Amistad Dual Language School

Grades K-8
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What’s Special

Engaged parents, small class size

The Downside

Crowded building shared with another school

Our Review

Amistad Dual Language School has a warm sense of community and a commitment to making children fluent speakers and readers of both Spanish and English. Children seem happy and relaxed as they work together on engaging classroom projects. The curriculum is filled with music, dance, and visual and theater arts.

Class size is capped at 25 and there are at least two adults in every classroom. All teachers are bilingual. Kindergartners are taught 3 full days in Spanish and 2 in English. By 3rd grade, students spend 2 full weeks learning in Spanish, before alternating to English for the next 2 weeks. Reading instruction follows the "whole language" approach, which encourages students to recognize whole words and focus on the meaning of what they read and write, rather than decoding letters and sounds.

The PTA organizes events such as family movie night, field day, performances, and a large carnival. During our visit a group of parents were on hand to chaperone a field trip and a grandparent taught an ESL class to other parents in the school's large parent lounge. The school shares a rather cramped building with Muscota New School.

Amistad is not without its challenges. Test scores are below average. The city's new enrollment system admits students by lottery, making it difficult for the administration to control the level of language proficiency of incoming students. As a result, the kindergarten class has recently skewed to more English-dominant speakers, while the goal is to have an even mix of English and Spanish speakers. "One of the biggest strengths of language acquisition is that kids learn from each other side-by-side, but if everyone speaking English it's difficult to learn Spanish," said Principal Zoraida Hernandez.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school has a literacy specialist, two reading teachers, and a SETSS teacher. In addition the school provides speech, occupational therapy and physical therapy with shared service providers.

ADMISSIONS: Open to all District 6 students. The goal is to have half the incoming kindergartners English dominant and half Spanish dominant. Once accepted, the administration invites children in for screening for placement in classrooms to achieve the 50-50 split. About 300 applied for 30 spots in 2015. Roughly 30-40 applied for about six 1st grade seats. (Mahalia Watson, November 2015; updated August 2016)

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

Is this school safe and well-run?

From 2016-17 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
82%
76% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
89%
84% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
33%
49% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
96%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
89%
82% Citywide Average

From 2015-16 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
0%
3% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
55%
77% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
0.8

How do students perform academically?

From 2017 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
30%
42% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
29%
40% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
21%
36% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
43%
42% Citywide Average

From 2018 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
High School for Health Professions and Human Services

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
86%
29% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2017-18 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
395
Asian
2.0%
Black
2.0%
Hispanic
92.0%
White
4.0%
Other
1.0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
81%
Students with disabilities
13%
English language learners
25%

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
96%
94% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
8%
21% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Uniforms required?
No
This school offers Dual Language classes in Spanish.

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2017 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
5%
17% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
14%
13% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
12%
17% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
10%
6% Citywide Average
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Location

4862 Broadway
Manhattan NY 10034
Inwood (District 6)
Trains: A to Inwood - 207th St; 1 to 207th St
Buses: Bx12, Bx20, Bx7, M100, M4

Contact

Phone
212-544-8021
Principal
Robin Edmonds
Parent Coordinator
Eulalia Lugo

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with PS 314
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No

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