P.S. 304 Early Childhood School

Grades: 3-K, Pre-K, K-5
Staff Pick
2750 Lafayette Avenue
Bronx NY 10465
Phone: 718-822-5307

Our Insights

What’s Special

Strong teaching and thoughtful curriculum

The Downside

Performance for students with disabilities is low in math

PS 304 in Throgs Neck has a long history of high achievement: experienced, passionate teachers and an administration that really understands how kids learn. All academic areas are strong—reading, writing, social studies, math and science. At the same time, children have a chance to play and to build the social skills they need to be successful in both school and life.

The school gets high marks on the city’s performance dashboard, indicating that top students get the challenges they need while kids who are having trouble get plenty of extra help. Many classes have more than one adult—including teachers, student teachers, parents and classroom aides—so children get individual attention. Children not only learn the written skills they need to master standardized tests, they also learn how to speak and write clearly—skills that are just as important but not as easy to measure.

Kindergarten classrooms have plenty of LEGOs, wooden blocks, trains and dress up corners where children may play together. Children go to art museums and on science-related field trips to the Bronx Zoo, the Bronx Botanical Garden, the Queens Hall of Science, and the Gateway National Park in Jamaica Bay. 

Teachers have long followed the Teachers College Reading and Writing program, and stay current by working with coaches or attending workshops. The school has a time-tested and thoughtful approach to reading and writing that includes phonics and word study, small group lessons with a teacher, and independent reading and writing, according to the Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP). Grades 2-5 participate in book clubs and in-depth non-fiction research. Teachers strive to increase children’s enjoyment and confidence in reading and writing, the CEP shows.

Classroom teachers are responsible for reading, writing and math, but specialists teach science and social studies two or three times a week. Fifth-graders have a separate math teacher, according to the CEP. One downside: students with disabilities do not reach the citywide average in math on state test scores.

All grades get instruction in art, and one period of music during the day, such as recorder for 3rd grade. There is an after-school band. Inside Broadway works with pre-K through fifth grade students; each grade performs a production based on a Broadway theme, according to the Arts in Schools Report.  

The building is shared with MS 101 and P10, a District 75 program for children with special needs. 

Long-time principal Joseph Nobile retired at the end of the 2019-20 school year. His replacement is Walter Nino Filippo Galiano Jr., formerly assistant principal of PS 69 in the Bronx.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school offers ICT (integrated co-teaching) and self-contained classes, as well as Special Education Teacher Support Services (SETSS). Some students from P10 attend PS 304 classes, according to the CEP.

ADMISSIONS: Zoned 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 the 2020-21 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
86% Citywide Average

From the 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
0% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
86% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From the 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?
50% 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 the 2021-22 Demographic Snapshot

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

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
92% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
26% Citywide Average

From the 2020 School Directories

How does this school serve special populations?

From the 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

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

Contact & Location


Throgs Neck (District 8)
Buses: Bx40, Bx42, Bx5, Bx8, Q44, Q50


Walter Nino F Galiano Jr
Parent Coordinator
Lisa Schiliro

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the building with MS 101 and a District 75 program, PS X010
Metal detectors?

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

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