The Dr. Emmett W. Bassett School (P.S. 119)

Grades: Pre-K, K-5
1075 Pugsley Avenue
Bronx NY 10472
Phone: 718-822-5198

Our Insights

What’s Special

Many field trips; ballroom dance

The Downside

Culture and tone needs work

PS 119 is a neighborhood school with solid academics for all students, including those with special needs and English language learners. The school offers lots of field trips and ballroom dance. It hopes to build a more positive culture and tone under fresh leadership. 

Students get a chance to explore the city beyond classroom walls. Each child takes at least five major trips to the city’s historical and cultural institutions, including but not limited to The New York Botanical Garden, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New York Historical Society, Museum Of Modern Art, Wave Hill, The Bronx Zoo and The Museum of the City of New York, according to the Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP).

PS 119 offersballroom dance in the upper grades. It has one music teacher and one theater arts teacher on staff. The arts also get a boost from resident artists in dance, music, and visual arts. Students attend field trips both onstage and off through partnerships with the New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theater, according to the Arts in Schools Report.

The school is home to a wide range of learners from diverse backgrounds, including many Latinx students and immigrants from Bangladesh, China, Korea, Yemen, India and Guyana. The number of English language learners and special needs students is gently on the rise.

PS 119 has long had active parents. They are invited to observe classrooms and attend publishing parties of their children’s written work. They may participate in English as a New Language classes and take part in family fun and learning nights, as well as multicultural events, according to the CEP. 

Enrollment, while declining, is still too high for the main building. Many children learn outside in portables, while others occupy the first floor and part of the second floor of a building across the street shared with IS 125 and Blue Sky middle school. 

While teachers are experienced and get effective support and supervision, according to the Quality Review, the school culture eroded dramatically under the previous leader, NYC School Surveys show, to the point where only three percent of teachers felt she was a good manager.

Kimberly Nohavicka became principal in 2020. She was formerly principal of PS 50 Clara Barton, which closed in 2016, and led Satellite Academy, a high school for older students. 

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, May 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 2019-20 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

From 2019-20 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 2019-20 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 2019 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 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 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners
Pre-K seats

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

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

From 2020 School Directories

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2019 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
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
28% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
17% Citywide Average

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

Contact & Location


Unionport (District 8)
Trains: 6 Line to Parkchester
Buses: Bx22, Bx36, Bx39, Bx4, Q44


Kimberly Nohavicka
Parent Coordinator
Lourdes Flores

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?

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

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