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P.S. 25 Bilingual School

Grades: 3-K, Pre-K, K-5
811 East 149 Street
Bronx NY 10455
Phone: 718-292-2995

Our Insights

What’s Special

A special focus on science and hands-on learning

The Downside

Attendance needs to improve

Founded in 1968, PS 25 is the first Spanish-English bilingual school in the city. The school uses hands-on science lessons to teach children English. Children in all grades learn vocabulary and science concepts in the school’s Exploration Center, an interactive space where students tend to small animals, cultivate plants and examine artifacts from around the world. The school offers Spanish-English dual-language instruction.  

Principal Carmen Toledo took the helm in 2008. A Bronx native, Toledo herself started school not knowing any English and uses her personal story to inspire her students. “I tell students when they’re arriving that not only are they lucky to be in a school like this and have this opportunity, but I went through the same experience and I’m the principal now,” she told DNAinfo.

PS 25 does a good job of conveying high expectations to students, according to the school’s most recent Quality Review. It highlighted the use of enrichment activities to help prepare students for the “next steps in their educational journey,” such as visits to the Exploration Center as well as engineering activities and the Girl’s Empowerment Club.

A Saturday Academy provides enrichment for the whole family. Parents join children in hands-on science and art projects as well as activities that focus on reading and language-building strategies, computer science, health and cultural awareness according to the school’s annual Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP).

Teachers use visual cues in lessons to help English language learners; they tailor tasks for different skill levels, according to the Quality Review. For instance, during a fourth-grade math lesson students worked with M&M candies to create arrays—groupings that help students visualize multiplication. They also were given “differentiated task cards” to help them practice division at their own levels.

Overall, test scores run similar to the citywide average and the data shows that the school does a good job of helping students of all levels gain ground.

One challenge for the school is getting children to attend regularly. Attendance falls below the citywide average.

SPECIAL EDUCATION:  In addition to ICT (integrated co-teaching) classes, there are small, self-contained classes—some taught in English only and some in Spanish and English. There is also a Horizon program, which offers self-contained classes for students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder who need more specialized support than would be offered in other general or special education class settings.

ADMISSIONS: Priority to students living in the northern portion of District 7. (Laura Zingmond, DOE data and reports, December 2019)

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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 2020-21 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
86% Citywide Average

From the 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
0% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
86% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From the New York State 2021 -22 Assessment Database

How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
51% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
50% Citywide Average

What is the Pre-K like?

From the NYC Program Assessment (CLASS and ECERS-R) Database through 2019-2020

Instruction: Teachers ask kids to explain their reasoning when they solve problems
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 the 2021-22 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners
Pre-K seats
3-K seats

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
92% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
26% Citywide Average

From the 2020 School Directories

This school offers Transitional Bilingual Education in Spanish.
This school offers Dual Language classes in Spanish.

How does this school serve special populations?

From the New York State 2021 -22 Assessment Database

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
28% 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?
28% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
17% Citywide Average

For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Contact & Location


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


Raquel Pevey
Parent Coordinator
Dorothy Gutierrez

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?

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