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P.S. 93 Albert G. Oliver

Grades: 3-K, Pre-K, K-5
1535 Story Avenue
Bronx NY 10473
Phone: 718-430-1700

Our Insights

What’s Special

Small class size

The Downside

Many children miss at least a month of school

PS 93 offers small class sizes for 3-year-olds through 5th grade students. The school has a spacious gymnasium and a renovated library with a full-time librarian. It also boasts a mini soccer field donated by the NYC Soccer Initiative.

Small class size is the norm at PS 93, and this is a plus and a minus, allowing kids more individual time with teachers, but also impacting enrollment and funding for the arts. The school has only one visual arts teacher, though teachers incorporate West African art into literacy lessons, the Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP) shows.

Most of the classes for 3- and 4-year-olds serve fewer than the enrollment limit. Grades 3 to 5 are also small with roughly 20 students per class.  

Test scores have a ways to go. PS 93 serves a large number of students who score Level 1 (out of 4) on the state reading and math tests, according to the CEP. The Quality Review says students who are on grade level and above are not as challenged as they could be as teachers work to help struggling students catch up. 

However, the school has seen some gains, particularly in math. PS 93 was one of the first schools in the city to adopt "Building Blocks for Math" in pre-k—short daily math activities for the youngest kids, focused on shapes, counting and patterns. A math coach works to build consistency across the grades and to infuse more hands-on lessons. All children use the same five-step problem-solving plan, according to the CEP, and math is represented through pictures, tables and objects to help kids grasp math concepts a variety of ways. 

Many children miss at least a month of school, in part due to illness or bad weather days or to attend doctor appointments. An attendance teacher follows up by phone and makes home visits. A social worker helps families obtain referrals for health services, and assists them with employment, eviction, housing and more.  

PS 93 is located south of the Bruckner Expressway. Children who live on the other side of the Bruckner are no longer zoned for the school, so there are fewer students than there once were. The school added three 3K classes in 2018, which boosted enrollment.

Housed in a yellow brick building constructed in 1928, PS 93 has had portable classrooms on its renovated playground for more than three decades. The “mini school,” as the portables are called, house 3-K through 1st grade classes. 

The school shares the main building with Icahn Charter School 7. The schools share the cafeteria, gymnasium and the yard. Icahn classes are located mostly on the second and third floors; their students use a separate stairway and have a later dismissal time.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: Integrated co-teaching classes on every grade mix up to twelve children with disabilities into general education classrooms with two teachers. There are also several small mixed-age “self contained” classes for children with disabilities only. 

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school. (Lydie Raschka, web reports and interview, 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?
79%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
79%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
80%
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?
85%
80% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
6.9

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?
33%
51% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
27%
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
341
Asian
0%
Black
43%
Hispanic
54%
White
1%
Other
2%
Free or reduced priced lunch
70%
Students with disabilities
19%
English language learners
5%
Pre-K seats
80

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
91%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
39%
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?
26%
28% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
14%
23% Citywide Average


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

Contact & Location

Location

Soundview (District 8)
Trains: 6 Line to Elder Ave
Buses: Bx27, Bx4, Bx5

Contact

Principal
Jonathan Kaplan
Parent Coordinator
Laura Barton

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with Icahn Charter School 7
Metal detectors?
No

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

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