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Middle School High School

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 principal who believes learning is more than test prep

The Downside

Recovering from low staff morale

Under new leadership, PS 154 is trying to recover from low morale and internal strife among teachers as shown on several years of Learning Environment Surveys.

For a few years things looked promising at PS 154, as test scores crept up and the school adopted lessons from Teacher’s College, Columbia University, centered around lots of writing and fun-to-read books. Unfortunately, performance fell and the atmosphere soured during a period of changes in administration.

Linda Amill-Irizarry replaced principal Cynthia Ballard in 2008, but resigned after one year when a staff member anonymously wrote allegations about her on a blog. Marsha Elliot took over in 2009 but left in 2012 during a time of great dissatisfaction among teachers, who had complaints about safety, communication and more. The city’s report card that year was rock-bottom.

The Learning Environment Survey shows some improvement under Alison Coviello, who took the helm in 2012. Coviello taught 4th and 5th grades in the South Bronx for over ten years. She received her doctorate in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College. According to an online biography: “she is interested in how public schools can prepare students from low-income backgrounds for participatory citizenship amidst an educational context dominated by standardized testing.”

PS 154 serves children from one of the poorest areas of the city. Some of the students live in homeless shelters or in foster care, and many of their parents are high school dropouts. Large housing developments surround the school. The school has a large population of children with special needs.

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

Admissions: Neighborhood school (Lydie Raschka, web reports and DOE data, October 2013) 

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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?
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
83% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
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?
80% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

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?
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 this school's most recent Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS)

Instruction: Teachers ask kids to explain their reasoning when they solve problems

From this school's most recent Early Childhood Environmental Rating System (ECERS-R)

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

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

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

From 2018 School Directories

Pre-K seats

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?
28% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
23% 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
Buses: Bx1, Bx15, Bx17, Bx2, Bx32, Bx33


Dr. Alison Coviello
Parent Coordinator
Jannet Guadalupe

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the building with South Bronx Classical Charter School II
Metal detectors?

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