P.S. 55 Benjamin Franklin

Grades: 3-K, Pre-K, K-5
450 Saint Paul's Place
Bronx NY 10456
Phone: 718-681-6227

Our Insights

What’s Special

Indoor garden and teaching kitchen

The Downside

Attendance is low; few arts

P.S. 55 Benjamin Franklin in Claremont Village is a neighborhood school serving 3-K through 5th grade students. It boasts a teaching kitchen and an indoor garden, where students learn about sustainability. The school also offers a dual-language program in Spanish and English, designed to make children fluent readers, writers and speakers in both languages. 

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 to create a positive environment for students. While attendance remains a challenge—many students miss at least a month of school—academic achievement has risen in recent years.

The rise in test scores is attributed to increased small group instruction in reading, writing and math, and more consistency in lessons school-wide. Strong teachers are placed on specific grades to model for others and boost instruction, according to the Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP). Children are encouraged to discuss topics in class and these discussions reflected “high levels of thinking and participation,” the Quality Review shows. 

The school has extensive social and medical services for children, according to school reports. It has a full-service health clinic, including dental and vision care, social workers and psychologists, and an after-school program that combines academic help and fun activities.

PS 55 has very little in the way of arts, other than a drama program, the Arts in Schools Report shows. 

The school has a nice playground. It has shared its building with Bronx Success Academy 2 since 2012. 

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school. The dual language program requires a separate application process. Some seats may be reserved for children who speak Spanish but English-speaking children are welcome to apply. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, July 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
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)
Trains: B Line, D Line to 170th St
Buses: Bx1, Bx11, Bx15, Bx17, Bx18, Bx21, Bx32, Bx35, Bx41


Luis Torres
Parent Coordinator
Maribel Falu

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares its building with Success Academy Bronx 2 Charter School
Metal detectors?

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

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