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Elementary School Middle School High School

P.S. 071 Rose E. Scala

Grades: K-8
3040 Roberts Avenue
Bronx NY 10461
Phone: 718-822-5351

Our Insights

What’s Special

Lots of sports, arts and clubs

The Downside

Some in middle school say they don't feel safe in hallways and bathrooms

PS 71 is a large K-8 neighborhood school with experienced teachers and many sports teams, arts offerings and clubs. It has about 60 classrooms and some class sizes are large, yet teachers continue to hone instruction and try new approaches in an effort to ensure all students’ needs are met. 

One of the perks of a large school is its ability to offer extras. This includes an after school program for grades K-5 with options ranging from sports to arts and crafts. Third-through 8th-graders may help design and produce a Broadway-style show; grades 6 to 8 take free science field trips to museums and zoos and overnight trips, depending on the year, to upstate New York, Boston and Washington D.C. Wrestling, soccer and basketball are just a few of the sports teams offered. Clubs include art, drama, dance, Spanish and debate. Dances, donuts with dad, a kindergarten ice cream social, café and conversation with the Spanish department—the list goes on. 

Academic performance is improving, state test scores show. Teachers have worked with Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Project in recent years, an approach that aims to get kids excited about reading and writing while building skills. Children choose books on topics of interest, and write about things they know and love: even little kids learn to edit their own writing. The school partners with Yale in a program designed to build social and emotional resilience in students. 

 

By middle school almost half the students earn high school credits, well above the citywide average. PS 71 offers math and English Regents classes and preparation for the specialized high school exam, according to the Comprehensive Educational Plan.  

 

However, students with disabilities still lag behind the citywide average, test score data shows. Another downside: On school surveys some middle school students say they don't feel safe in hallways and bathrooms.

 

The school makes an effort to bring parents into the building with events like coffee meet-ups and family math and reading nights. Parents may volunteer to be a “mystery reader” in classrooms. New English speakers may take English classes on Saturdays.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school has several small self-contained classes, and ICT (integrated-co-teaching) classes that mix up to twelve students with disabilities into general classes on every grade.

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school.  (Lydie Raschka, web reports, February 2020; photo from @ps_ms71)

 

 

 

 

 

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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?
61%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
74%
84% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
73%
51% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
73%
78% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
79%
78% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
0%
2% 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?
90%
79% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
4.1

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?
47%
54% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
45%
50% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
52%
46% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
45%
51% Citywide Average

From 2018 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
Herbert H. Lehman High School, Renaissance High School for Musical Theater & Technology, and Pelham Preparatory Academy
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I, English

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
47%
32% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
1567
Asian
9%
Black
5%
Hispanic
63%
White
22%
Other
1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
73%
Students with disabilities
20%
English language learners
10%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
93%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
24%
23% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Uniforms required?
No

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%
25% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
8%
22% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
24%
24% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
7%
16% Citywide Average


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

Contact & Location

Location

Pelham Bay (District 8)
Trains: 6 Line to Buhre Ave
Buses: Bx12, Bx12-SBS, Bx23, Bx24, Bx29, Bx5, Bx8, BxM8, Q50

Contact

Principal
Margaret Mirando
Parent Coordinator
Anna Ortiz

Other Details

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

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

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