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P.S. 157 Grove Hill

Grades: 3-K, Pre-K, K-5
757 Cauldwell Avenue
Bronx NY 10456
Phone: 718-292-5255

Our Insights

What’s Special

A focus on trust and respect

The Downside

Many children miss a least a month of school

Housed on a little hill in Mott Haven, PS 157 is known for its respectful and trusting tone. School leaders greet children as they arrive in the morning to start the day off right. “Every student is known well by at least one adult,” according to the Quality Review Report. The school has won several awards in the city’s Respect for All campaign.

Principal Ramona Duran has led the school since 1999. She trained at Bank Street College and Teachers College, Columbia University, but she's found their progressive approaches are not structured enough for her many first-generation immigrant families.

A focus on reading and writing starts early, with homework in pre-kindergarten. The youngest kids enjoy block-building, LEGOs and finger puppets, but learning through play or "choice" time in kindergarten is only on "fun Fridays." 

Field trips help bring lessons to life. Kindergartners visit a firehouse, a pizza parlor and St. Mary's Park. Older children take trips to the Intrepid, the Bronx Zoo and the Tenement Museum. Children plant seeds and harvest vegetables in their own courtyard garden.

PS 157 has long had low attendance; many children miss at least a month of school. An attendance team has tried various solutions, such as helping a child with a long commute find a school closer to home, and keeping nebulizers and pumps at school for children with asthma. 

PS 157 offers chorus and visual art for grades 3 – 5, and a public speaking program for 5th-graders. Third grade classes participate in a program with the New York City Ballet and see The Nutcracker. Several forms of dance (jazz, tap, ballet) and visual art are woven into social studies lessons, according to the Arts in Schools Report. 

ADMISSIONS: District 7 choice. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, April, 2020)

 

 

 

 

 

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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?
92%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
89%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
89%
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?
83%
80% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
19.1

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?
29%
51% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
38%
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
635
Asian
0%
Black
28%
Hispanic
66%
White
0%
Other
6%
Free or reduced priced lunch
95%
Students with disabilities
20%
English language learners
8%
Pre-K seats
54

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?
22%
28% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
19%
23% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
14%
28% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
5%
17% Citywide Average


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

Contact & Location

Location

Longwood (District 7)
Trains: 2 Line, 5 Line to Jackson Ave
Buses: Bx13, Bx15, Bx17, Bx19, Bx21, Bx4, Bx41, Bx41-SBS, Bx46, Bx6

Contact

Principal
Ramona Duran
Parent Coordinator
Ana Miranda

Other Details

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?
No

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