P.S. 146 Edward Collins

Grades Pre-K, K-5

What’s Special

After school tennis instruction

The Downside

Poor attendance

Our Review

PS 146 is a calm neighborhood school in a large three-story building in a mixed commercial and residential area. Classrooms are cheerfully decorated, students seem well-behaved, and parents help out in the cafeteria and by the front desk, welcoming visitors. Students wear uniforms of white shirts and blue bottoms. There are three full-day pre-K classes.

The majority of the students at PS 146 come from low-income families and, according to Principal Janet Sanderson-Brown, many start school without the proper skills and foundation. Attendance is below average. Teachers and staff have their work cut out for them.

Visiting classrooms, we saw a wide range in reading, some students reading challenging books, others struggling with easy-to-read selections. Some classroom libraries seemed in need of more books, but every student we spoke with said they were reading a book that they had chosen. [In 2009, the school adopted a computer program called SuccessMaker to help boost childrens reading skills. See the YouTube video on this page.]

Students are rewarded with prizes when they meet goals set by their teacher. To keep kids focused, at least two adults, usually a teacher and a para-professional, are in the classroom during reading instruction.

Teachers work to ensure that their students pick up the necessary social and academic cues to enable them excel in school. For instance, in one classroom, students referred to a chart on how to have a discussion ("I agree with you because..."; "I disagree with you because..."; "In addition to what ___ said, I think..."; etc.); a science lesson on snails emphasized the difference between "What we already knew" and "What we learned": "We already knew that snails are soft and slimy, we learned that lines on a snail's shell indicates its age." In one 2nd grade class, a girl described the main character of book as "foolish." When asked to explain the meaning of the word, she struggled at first, but after some prompting by the teacher was able to identify foolish actions by the main character and arrive at a definition of the word.

In addition to core subjects, all students get instruction in art and gym. Music instruction is given to students in kindergarten through the 2nd grade. The music room was full of electronic keyboards. There is no formal technology instruction, but teachers use the computer room to support instruction, such as the special education class we observed playing educational games.

[Success Academy Charter School - Bronx 3 opened in 2013 tosome controversy over sharing space.]

Special Education: The school offers Special Education Teacher Support Services (SETSS), self-contained classes for student with special needs only and Collaborative Team Taught (CTT) classes, where two teachers work with a group of special and general education students.

After School: The school offers test prep and academic support. The New York Junior Tennis League provides tennis instruction to select grades. For part of the school year, Saturday classes in music and drama are offered to students in grades 3 through 5. (Laura Zingmond, April 2008, updated with video and charter school info, September 2013)

About the students

Enrollment
402
Pre-K seats
29
Asian
0.8%
Black
40.1%
Hispanic
56.2%
White
1.0%
Other
2.0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
96%
Students with disabilities
25%
English language learners
11%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with Success Academy Bronx 3 Charter School
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
96%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
92%
94% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
32%
21% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
80%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
74%
88% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
12.8
6.6 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
73%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
83%
90% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
70%
82% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
74%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
70%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
77%
89% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
54%
65% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
69%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
77%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents say their child's teacher helped their child adjust to Pre-K?
100%
98% Citywide Average
How many parents say this Pre-K program helped them consider which elementary schools would meet their childrens' needs?
57%
92% Citywide Average
How many Pre-K parents say their child's teacher gave helpful ideas for how to support their child's learning?
100%
97% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Test scores

How many students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
23%
43% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
27%
42% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 3 dedicated spaces for Dance, Theater, and Visual arts
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
21%
9% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
25%
46% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
Average math score for ICT students
2.14
2.0 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.99
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
2.71
2.8 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.04
2.2 Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
80%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
78%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
77%
89% Citywide Average
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Location

968 Cauldwell Avenue
Bronx NY 10456
Longwood (District 8)
Trains: 2, 5 to Prospect Ave
Buses: Bx13, Bx15, Bx17, Bx21, Bx35, Bx4, Bx41, Bx41-SBS, Bx46, Bx6

Contact

Phone
718-378-9664
Principal
Ronald Laurent
Parent Coordinator
Yvette Johnson

Zone for the 2017-2018 school year. Call school to confirm.

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