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P.S. 69 Journey Prep School

Grades: Pre-K, K-5
Staff Pick
560 Thieriot Avenue
Bronx NY 10473
Phone: 718-378-4736

Our Insights

What’s Special

Award-winning environmental programs

The Downside

No gymnasium or auditorium

With its sun-drenched library and well-equipped science facilities, PS 69 Journey Prep is an inviting and exciting place. It's the type of school where a custodian will build a bridge for students to use in science experiments, and teachers may spend an evening putting together an engaging video for the next day's class. It won an award for its environmental programs from the National Wildlife Federation.

The Department of Education rates the school as “high impact,” meaning students perform better than their counterparts at similar schools in the city. Although many children are low income, more than two thirds meet state standards for math and English language arts, far exceeding the average for comparable schools or the city as a whole. 

PS 69 has what it calls Outside World, which features gardens where children grow produce, herbs and flowers, in addition to a compost bin and two ponds. Children study soil and plant seeds in an indoor science facility, as well as conduct experiments there. They take enrichment classes in subjects of their own choosing, such as journalism, computer programing, debate or inventions.

Along with a visual arts teacher, PS 69 offers classes in other arts disciplines, thanks partly to organizations such as the Young People's Chorus , the New York Botanical Garden and Ballet Hispanico. PS 69 also has a room for music and another for theater instruction. 

But the school facility has limitations. Classes are spread among three buildings, and none of them has a gym or auditorium.

To help students develop emotionally, PS 69 offers peer mediation, another "buddy" program in which 5th graders work with kindergartners, and RULER,  from Yale University, an initiative aimed at helping children recognize emotions, express them appropriately and regulate their emotions. 

Teachers responding to a school survey see the students as hard-working and attentive; they participate in class discussions and are respectful. Attendance, though, is lower than at other schools.

The pre-K program, which serves 54 children, gets good marks from city, particularly for its learning environment, teaching and the respect and kindness shown by teachers and among children.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: PS 69 has a high percentage of students with special needs and offers them an array of services, including classes in each grade that mix general and special education students, and two self-contained classes. 

ADMISSIONS: Zoned school. (Gail Robinson, web reports, February 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?
98%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
87%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
100%
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?
87%
80% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
8.9

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?
68%
51% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
69%
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
613
Asian
3%
Black
17%
Hispanic
78%
White
1%
Other
1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
86%
Students with disabilities
21%
English language learners
14%
Pre-K seats
54

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
92%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
28%
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?
41%
28% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
53%
23% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
60%
28% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
60%
17% Citywide Average


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

Contact & Location

Location

Clason Point (District 8)
Buses: Bx27, Bx36, Bx39, Bx5

Contact

Principal
Magdelyn Noboa
Parent Coordinator
Krystal Hamilton

Other Details

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

Zone for the 2019-2020 school year. Call school to confirm.

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