P.S. 146 Edward Collins
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Strong emphasis on student leadership and character building
PS 146 is a zoned 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.
Videos and photos posted online show a community full of spirit, with students working through problems together in classrooms and enjoying fun activities with parents and staff throughout the year.
Test scores in reading and math have risen in recent years, but are still below the citywide and District 8 averages. Students with disabilities do earn scores that are closer to average, and a higher than average number of graduates go on to pass all their classes in middle school.
In addition to core subjects, all students get instruction in art and gym. A full-time visual arts teacher instructs all grades, and the CUNY Creative Arts Team provides theater instruction. Students may also take elective programs in poetry, technology, music and Lego robotics.
Students are rewarded with prizes when they exhibit positive behaviors like citizenship, respect and effort. Fifth graders are paired with “Kinder Buddies” to build their leadership skills and model good behavior. Selected 4th and 5th graders are trained in conflict resolution and anti-bullying awareness to serve as peer mediators along with the school’s social worker and counselor.
Principal Ronald Laurent works hard to create a sense of community, according to survey results, but gets low ratings as an effective manager. The school struggles with poor attendance.
The school offers electives, test prep and academic support after school. It shares a building with Success Academy Charter School Bronx 3.
SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school offers Special Education Teacher Support Services (SETSS), self-contained classes for student with special needs only and Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT) classes, where two teachers work with a group of special and general education students.
ADMISSIONS: Zoned neighborhood school. (Nicole Mader, web reports, May 2020)