P.S. 49 Willis Avenue

Grades: 3-K, Pre-K, K-5
383 East 139 Street
Bronx NY 10454
Phone: 718-292-4623

Our Insights

What’s Special

Children study dance and theater and learn computer coding

The Downside

Many children are chronically absent

At PS 49, students study computer science and explore an unusual number of arts including visual arts, dance, theater and music. The school offers Spanish-English dual language instruction starting in kindergarten, a program designed to help children read, write and speak fluently in both languages.

The school received top marks in its most recent Quality Review for establishing a positive school culture and communicating high expectations. The report highlighted teachers’ efforts for keeping tabs on students’ progress and giving them lots of feedback to ensure they understand their lessons. According to the school’s annual set of goals, the Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP), teachers are also developing ways to differentiate instruction in the classroom, meaning that they’ll tailor lessons and tasks to students’ individual skill levels.

The data shows that the school does a very good job of helping students of all levels gain ground. One notable achievement: students with disabilities and those learning English outperform the citywide average in state math scores.

Younger students enjoy a range of arts instruction and then starting in the fourth grade they major in one, choosing from visual arts, theater, dance or music. Children get to show off their talent in celebratory events held in the Winter and Spring, according to the CEP.

Students in all grades get technology instruction. They explore different software programs such as Microsoft Word and Pixie, an illustration and writing program. Fourth- and 5th-graders study computer coding, according to the school’s website. 

The website also lists a selection of enrichment activities. There is an after-school program where children may participate in a range of sports and other recreational activities. There is also a Saturday Academy. Family activities and parent workshops are held every Tuesday.

The Children’s Health Fund provides onsite health services to students and family members, according to the CEP.

One challenge for the school is getting children to attend regularly.  Many are chronically absent, meaning they miss more than 18 days of school each year.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: PS 49 has team-teaching classrooms called ICT (integrated co-teaching) that mix up to twelve students with disabilities into general education classrooms. It also has small self-contained classes and SETSS (special education teacher support services), designed to provide more support to students in need, as well as occupational, physical and speech therapy onsite. 

ADMISSIONS:  Priority to students living in the southern portion of District 7. (Laura Zingmond, DOE data and reports, January 2020; photo from school's website)

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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 the principal is an effective manager?
86% 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?
86% 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?
50% 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
92% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
26% Citywide Average

From 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 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 3rd Ave - 138th St; 4 Line, 5 Line to 138th St - Grand Concourse; 2 Line to 3rd Ave-149th St
Buses: Bx1, Bx15, Bx17, Bx19, Bx2, Bx21, Bx32, Bx33


Monica Brock
Parent Coordinator
Carlos Sosa

Other Details

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

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