PS/MS 5 Port Morris

Grades Pre-K, K-8

What’s Special

Clean, bright building with great leadership

The Downside

Test scores have a way to go

Our Review

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)

About the students

Enrollment
722
Pre-K seats
34
Asian
0.3%
Black
27.6%
Hispanic
69.8%
White
1.5%
Other
0.8%
Free or reduced priced lunch
96%
Students with disabilities
22%
English language learners
24%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
113%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
91%
94% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
33%
19% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
63%
76% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
57%
50% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
84%
84% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
79%
88% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
25%
45% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
1.0
6.4 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
63%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
83%
87% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
70%
81% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
79%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
68%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
75%
86% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
50%
60% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
74%
78% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
81%
82% 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?
100%
91% Citywide Average
How many Pre-K parents say their child's teacher gave helpful ideas for how to support their child's learning?
100%
96% 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?
14%
39% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
18%
42% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 1 dedicated space for Music
This school has 2 licensed arts teacher in Music and Theater

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
67%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
51%
59% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
65%
68% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
0%
28% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
86%
86% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
M.S. 223 The Laboratory School of Finance and Technology, Mott Haven Village Preparatory HS, and New Visions Charter HS for the Humanities II
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

This school offers Transitional Bilingual Education in Spanish.
How many English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
4%
6% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
39%
42% 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
1.77
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.05
2.2 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.88
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.1
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
2.11
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.11
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
62%
69% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
76%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
90%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
86%
88% Citywide Average
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Location

564 Jackson Avenue
Bronx NY 10455
Longwood (District 7)
Trains: 6 to East 149th St; 2, 5 to Jackson Ave
Buses: Bx15, Bx17, Bx19, Bx4, Bx41, Bx41-SBS, Bx46

Contact

Phone
718-292-2683
Principal
Danielle Keane
Parent Coordinator
Dana Mercedes

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