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P.S. 154 Jonathan D. Hyatt

Grades: Pre-K, K-5
333 East 135 Street
Bronx NY 10454
Phone: 718-292-4742

Our Insights

What’s Special

A lot of supportive services for students and parents

The Downside

Attendance is climbing but there’s room for improvement

PS 154 is a small school on the upswing thanks to steady leadership and solid instruction that strikes a balance between covering basic skills and making room for exploration. The school also offers dental, vision, mental health and other services. .

The school uses Columbia University's Teachers College Reading and Writing Program where students read books of interest in a range of topics and write and revise multiple drafts of work. Teachers also weave in explicit instruction in phonics and other structured supports for reading, according to the schools’ annual Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP).

Alison Coviello has been principal since May 2012. A former elementary school teacher in the South Bronx, Coviello received her doctorate in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College.

Students in all grades study the environment through nature-based trips and related classroom lessons. Each grade focuses on a theme for the year such as plants and trees (kindergarten) or birds (third grade).

Teachers work with coaches from Metamorphosis, a math think-tank that emphasizes kids talking about math, and learning by doing.

Classes in grades 3 through 5 are departmentalized—essentially a modified middle school format. The idea is that students may learn better when taught by a teacher who spends most or all of the day honing his or her expertise in one subject, according to the CEP. Students have separate teachers for math, fiction and non-fiction studies. Social studies and science lessons are incorporated into the fiction and non-fiction classes.

Data shows that children of all levels are gaining ground in math and English and there’s been a large drop in the percent of students who are chronically absent, meaning they miss more than 18 days of school. 

PS 154 offers a wide array of services for students and families according to the CEP. Onsite, the school has a mental health clinic and food pantry. It offers dental and vision services. In addition to weekly workshops on how to support their children and family, parents can study English and work towards a high school diploma by taking classes at the school in the evenings and over the summer.

The building is shared with the South Bronx Classical Charter School II, which opened in 2013. 

SPECIAL EDUCATION: PS 154 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.

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

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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?
69%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
88%
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?
71%
80% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
7.2

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?
37%
51% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
57%
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
333
Asian
1%
Black
41%
Hispanic
56%
White
1%
Other
2%
Free or reduced priced lunch
97%
Students with disabilities
21%
English language learners
9%
Pre-K seats
35

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
94%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
23%
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?
14%
28% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
29%
23% 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 3rd Ave - 138th St; 4 Line, 5 Line to 138th St - Grand Concourse
Buses: Bx1, Bx15, Bx17, Bx2, Bx32, Bx33

Contact

Principal
Dr. Alison Coviello
Parent Coordinator
Jannet Guadalupe

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with South Bronx Classical Charter School II
Metal detectors?
No

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