P.S. 42 Claremont

Grades: Pre-K, K-5
1537 Washington Avenue
Bronx NY 10457
Phone: 718-583-7366

Our Insights

What’s Special

Positive and supportive school tone

The Downside

Declining enrollment

PS 42 is a safe, nurturing and family-friendly school that has made good strides in recent years in most areas. It has a well kept, 100-year-old red brick building. Outdoors, there is a small playing field with artificial turf and a playground with a tiny oval running track. 

Teachers manage their classrooms well and create a warm, positive and trusting environment. We saw students read their own stories aloud, confidently, receiving support from peers and teachers so they didn't feel intimidated. Students meet in homerooms for ten minutes every morning where teachers welcome them and check in with them. Social workers and guidance counselors provide extra support. Staff has trained in the use of restorative practices and classroom management strategies. Restorative practices give kids words and techniques to solve conflicts and prevent harm. 

Teachers encourage more student discussion and hands-on projects than in the past. Instead of the teacher lecturing from the front of the room, tables are pushed together for group work in some classrooms.  In math and other subjects, teachers encourage students to talk, in part by asking questions, so kids feel interested and engaged. As a result of these and other efforts, the school was removed from a list of poorly performing schools in 2018. 

PS 42 began a partnership with BronxWorks in 2014. As part of this collaboration, students have been recipients of winter coats, eye wear, sneakers, dental services, a full-time asthma case manager, a full-time social worker, and other physical and mental health services. It has resulted in better attendance. The school also gives families food donations at a subsidized cost each month, according to the Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP). 

Enrollment is not as robust as it used to be.  Children living in homeless shelters tend to move, and some families choose other options, for example,  the Carl C. Icahn Charter School, is just a block away. Some children leave to attend charter schools in 4th grade. 

That said, middle schools, such as Urban Assembly School for Math and Science, are beginning to take an interest in graduates from PS 42 because of the school's improved academic performance.  

SPECIAL EDUCATION: Close to one-third of the children receive special education services, some in one of three small "self-contained" classes and some integrated into general education classes with extra support. About one-fourth of the children live in shelters nearby. 

ADMISSIONS:  Zoned neighborhood school. (Jacquie Wayans, October 2019)




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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
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


Claremont Village (District 9)
Buses: Bx11, Bx15, Bx17, Bx21, Bx32, Bx35, Bx41


Lucia Orduz Castillo
Parent Coordinator
Oneida Solis

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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