P.S. 43 Jonas Bronck

Grades: 3-K, Pre-K, K-5
165 Brown Place
Bronx NY 10454
Phone: 718-292-4502

Our Insights

What’s Special

Music instruction in all grades

The Downside

Attendance needs to improve

At PS 43, the Jonas Bronck School, students learn by working together on lessons and projects. Located in the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx, the school serves students in grades 3-K through 5.

In most classes students work in groups to tackle assignments and to discuss ideas, according to the school’s most recent Quality Review. For instance, before reading a book, third-graders share questions they have based on the title; while reading it, they share notes they jot down about important details of the story. While group work is evident throughout the school, not all teachers weave in enough opportunities for students to have rich discussions with each other, according to the Quality Review.

Teachers strive to connect lessons to real-life experiences. As a part of a math assignment fifth-graders worked in groups to calculate the costs of two potential field trips and then based on their findings, each child wrote a letter advocating for their preferred choice.  Second-graders study how geography influences where people live and learn the differences between physical and political maps, according to the Quality Review.

Overall, teachers give very high marks to longtime principal, Dr. Giovanna Delucchi for her leadership and willingness to involve teachers in decision-making, according to the NYC School Survey.

Beginning in 3rd grade, classes are departmentalized—essentially a modified middle school format. The idea is that students learn better when taught by a teacher who spends most or all of the day focusing on specific subjects. Students have one teacher for English and social studies and another for math and science.

School-wide there has been a push to provide social-emotional supports. Students start their day off with a class-wide morning meeting, which helps teachers keep tabs on students’ needs and sets the tone for the classroom; during the day students may participate in restorative group activities that focus on mindfulness and meditation, according to the school’s annual Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP).

The parent coordinator hosts monthly family events such as a multicultural dinner that draws a big turnout and fosters a sense of community.

PS 43 serves many recent immigrants with Spanish as the predominant language spoken at home. Two full-time English as new language specialists work with students in their classrooms and pull them out for individual and small group support.

Overall student attendance falls below the citywide average. One challenge the school highlighted in its CEP is that some students who excel leave for charter schools and new students who fill in the vacant seats tend to arrive performing below grade level and sometimes overage for their grade.

Through a partnership with Education Through Music, students in all grades enjoy music instruction from a full-time music teacher. Lessons in the younger grades focuses on choral music. Starting in 4th grade, students learn to play instruments.

An extended-day learning program funded by the United Way that provides academic instruction, homework help and enrichment activities is open to students in some grades, which may vary by year. Additional recreational activities are open to students in all grades after school. To accommodate working parents, there are full-day programs offered onsite when schools are otherwise closed for the holidays. Parents may also drop off their children as early as 7 am to participate in an early morning athletic program run by the gym teacher. 

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school provides SETTS (special education teacher support services) as well as self-contained and ICT (integrated co-teaching) classes.

ADMISSIONS: Lottery. Open to District 7 students. (Laura Zingmond, interview and DOE reports, (Laura Zingmond, 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 2019-20 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
81% Citywide Average

From 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 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
80% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

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?
49% Citywide Average

What is the Pre-K like?

From the NYC Program Assessment (CLASS and ECERS-R) Database through 2018-2019

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 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

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

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
25% Citywide Average

From 2020 School Directories

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

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


Mott Haven (District 7)
Trains: 6 Line to Brook Ave
Buses: Bx1, Bx15, Bx17, Bx2, Bx32, Bx33


Dr. Giovanna Delucchi
Parent Coordinator
Lourdes Rodriguez

Other Details

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

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