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Middle School High School

Port Morris (P.S./M.S. 5)

Grades: 3-K, Pre-K, K-8
564 Jackson Avenue
Bronx NY 10455
Phone: 718-292-2683

Our Insights

What’s Special

Clean, bright building with great leadership

The Downside

Test scores have a way to go

PS/IS 5, also known as the School of Community Leadership, offers children music, art, science, dance, and trips to museums and the zoo. Each child gets a laptop computer and internet access at home, as part of the city's iZone project. The school offers bilingual instruction for children who speak Spanish. In 2012 it expanded to include middle school grades with priority to continuing 5th graders from the elementary school.

The school provides a safe and positive atmosphere with support for children's social and emotional needs, including three full-time social workers. The building is cheerful and well kept, featuring a nice gym and tree-shaded playground. Every day staff members welcome students with "words of wisdom" to set a positive tone. Teachers seem happy here, and many have long experience, according to school surveys.

Mary Padilla, who has been principal since 2001, has encouraged creative, kid-friendly lessons. Her teachers have worked with Teachers College to help improve their pupils' writing skills. Children are encouraged to revise their work, writing multiple drafts of their essays. During past visits, we saw a colorful paper timeline with dates of inventions such as the zipper, the automobile and the Band-Aid, a concrete history lesson the children had made themselves. In a lesson that combined geography and math, children estimated how long it would take to drive to New Jersey and to Florida. Projects like this are more common than fill-in-the-blank test prep. "We don't teach to the test and we don't do a lot of test prep," said Padilla.

The school serves a transient population, including several dozen children in homeless shelters. About 20 percent are English language learners who receive assistance from a specialist in and out of the classroom. The 20 percent of children who have special needs are served in self-contained classes as well as in team-taught classes alongside their general education peers.

Academics have a way to go. State test scores plummeted during 2013, a year when many schools saw a drop in scores due to harder tests. The school has adopted new programs: ReadyGen, GO Math, Expeditionary Learning and Connected Math Project 3. These programs "provoked much discussion and inquiry amongst faculty and school leaders leading to major adjustments" in the order and content of the lessons, according to the Quality Review. There are two academic coaches to help teachers and kids, one for math, and one for literacy.

Special education: Childrens' needs are met in a variety of ways including speech therapy, small group instruction and counseling. School reports show that not all children who require occupational therapy receive the help they need.

Admissions: District 7 priority to students living in the northern area. (Clara Hemphill, December 2012; updated by Lydie Raschka, August 2014)

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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 2017-18 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
45%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
79%
84% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
65%
50% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
74%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
71%
81% Citywide Average

From 2016-17 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
1%
3% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
78%
78% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
0.8

How do students perform academically?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
17%
50% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
16%
49% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
15%
43% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
25%
51% Citywide Average

From 2018 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
Mott Haven Village Preparatory High School, New Explorers High School, and M.S. 223 The Laboratory School of Finance and Technology

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
0%
33% Citywide Average

What is the Pre-K like?

From this school's most recent Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS)

Instruction: Teachers ask kids to explain their reasoning when they solve problems

From this school's most recent Early Childhood Environmental Rating System (ECERS-R)

Activities: Children explore art, music, sand/water, dramatic play and more
Language: Teachers talk and listen to kids in a supportive way
Interaction: Teachers ask kids good questions and invite back-and-forth conversation

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
729
Asian
0%
Black
28%
Hispanic
69%
White
2%
Other
1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
96%
Students with disabilities
24%
English language learners
25%

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
89%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
44%
22% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Uniforms required?
Yes
Pre-K seats
36
3-K seats
15
This school offers Transitional Bilingual Education in Spanish.
This school offers Dual Language classes in Spanish.

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
3%
22% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
7%
22% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
15%
24% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
3%
16% Citywide Average


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Contact & Location

Location

Longwood (District 7)
Trains: 6 Line to East 149th St; 2 Line, 5 Line to Jackson Ave
Buses: Bx15, Bx17, Bx19, Bx21, Bx4, Bx41, Bx41-SBS, Bx46, Bx4A

Contact

Principal
Danielle Keane
Parent Coordinator
Dana Mercedes

Other Details

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No

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