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P.S. 55 Benjamin Franklin

Grades: Pre-K, K-5
450 Saint Paul's Place
Bronx NY 10456
Phone: 718-681-6227

Our Insights

What’s Special

Plenty of male mentors for boys.

The Downside

Very needy population.

Adjacent to a public housing project, PS 55 serves many children of immigrants from Africa, Central America, the Caribbean and Mexico. Some children live in homeless shelters, some are in foster care, and some are being raised by grandparents.Attendance is a challenge, and staff members say iit's difficult to get parents to come to meetings at the school.

Principal Luis Torres, a former marine and graduate of the Leadership Academy (the city's fast-track training program for principals) has led PS 55 since 2005. He has worked hard to create positive role models for children, particularly boys. His office door is always open to children, and he can often be seen with his arm around a child's shoulder. The school has a number of male teachers.

The school has extensive social and medical services for children. It has a full-service health clinic, four social workers and an after school program with that combines academic help and fun activities.

Staff members say a number of children have emotional issues and behavior problems. More than 40 percent of teachers responding to the Learning Environment Survey say order and discipline are an issue.

The school has a nice new playground. The halls of the building are dreary, but some classrooms are sunny and nicely decorated. The school shares the building with Bronx Success Academy 2, part of the Harlem Success network of charter schools. (Bronx Success Academy 2 moved into the top two floors of the building in August 2012, into space formerly occupied by Mott Hall III.)

Special education: About 125 students receive special education services and a large proportion are placed in self-contained classes.

Admissions: Neighborhood school. (Clara Hemphill, interviews and DOE stats, February 2012. Updated August 2012 to reflect addition of Bronx Success Academy.)

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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 2017-18 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
75%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
72%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
64%
85% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
74%
78% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
12.8

How do students perform academically?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
32%
49% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
33%
48% Citywide Average

What is the Pre-K like?

From this school's most recent Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS)

Instruction: Teachers ask kids to explain their reasoning when they solve problems

From this school's most recent Early Childhood Environmental Rating System (ECERS-R)

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 2017-18 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
642
Asian
0%
Black
50%
Hispanic
49%
White
1%
Other
0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
97%
Students with disabilities
19%
English language learners
12%

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
91%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
36%
25% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Pre-K seats
72
This school offers Dual Language classes in Spanish.

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
14%
26% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
11%
22% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
13%
27% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
5%
17% Citywide Average


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

Contact & Location

Location

Claremont Village (District 9)
Trains: B Line, D Line to 170th St
Buses: Bx1, Bx11, Bx15, Bx17, Bx18, Bx21, Bx32, Bx35, Bx41

Contact

Principal
Luis Torres
Parent Coordinator
MARIBEL FALU

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares its building with Success Academy Bronx 2 Charter School
Metal detectors?
No

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

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