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P.S. 65 Mother Hale Academy

Grades: Pre-K, K-5
677 East 141 Street
Bronx NY 10454
Phone: 718-292-4628

Our Insights

What’s Special

Nice range of arts and after-school activities; lots of small group work

The Downside

Attendance needs to improve

At PS 65, the Mother Hale School, students in all grades enjoy dance, music and arts instruction. Located in the South Bronx, PS 65 has partnerships with organizations such as A House on Beekman, which helps provide services and engaging activities for students both during the school day and after school.

Teachers and parents give the school high marks for being a welcoming and orderly place, based on their responses to the NYC School Survey. There are monthly workshops for parents to help them support their children’s studies and family events, where parents read books and write essays with their children and engage in fun activities together such as painting murals in the school’s hallways, according to the annual Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP) and Facebook page.

In the upper grades, students cap off a long day of learning with a period of enrichment activities, as noted in the Quality Review. In addition to art, music and dance, pre-k students take theater, according to the Annual Arts in Schools Report. After school, students enjoy activities such as robotics, basketball, cheer leading, soccer, Afro-Latin dance, African drums, swimming and boxing, the school reports in the CEP.

PS 65 received top marks in its most recent Quality Review for how teachers work together to develop lessons and strategies to support students. They meet several times each week in teams to work on a range of issues such as literacy, math, student behavior and support for English language learners.

Their efforts are starting to pay off. Overall, the school does a good job of helping students of all skill levels gain ground, according to city data.

Small group work drives instruction in many classes—a point highlighted in the Quality Review. To meet the needs of a broad range of students, teachers often break them up into groups—sometimes according to skill level so students with similar strengths work on lessons together. Other times, teachers group students with a range of abilities so they can learn from each other and build independence.  

One on-going challenge at PS 65 is supporting the many students living in temporary housing. They comprise roughly one-third of the student body and teachers’ use of small group instruction is key to serving them, the school noted in the CEP. Overall attendance needs to improve as many students miss at least a month of school.

ADMISSIONS: Lottery. Open to District 7 students with priority to students residing in the southern portion of the district. (Laura Zingmond, DOE reports, September 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 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
63%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
71%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
75%
83% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
0%
1% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
77%
80% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
8.2

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?
25%
51% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
30%
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 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
377
Asian
2%
Black
30%
Hispanic
66%
White
1%
Other
1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
97%
Students with disabilities
25%
English language learners
13%
Pre-K seats
35

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
88%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
48%
25% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

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?
19%
28% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
11%
23% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
13%
28% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
14%
17% Citywide Average


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

Contact & Location

Location

Mott Haven (District 7)
Trains: 6 Line to Cypress Ave
Buses: Bx15, Bx17, Bx19, Bx33, Bx4

Contact

Principal
Jasmine Gonzalez
Parent Coordinator
Samuel Morales

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with the Academic Leadership Charter School
Metal detectors?
No

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