P.S. 163 Arthur A. Schomburg

Grades: Pre-K, K-5
2075 Webster Avenue
Bronx NY 10457
Phone: 718-584-3045

Our Insights

What’s Special

iPads for every student

The Downside

Overcrowding; trust among staff is low

PS 163 is well equipped with technology, asone of six schools in New York City awarded an Apple ConnectED grant. Every student, teacher and administrator is issued an iPad, teachers also receive a Macbook, and every classroom is equipped with an Apple TV.  The Apple education team works with teachers to educate them in their use.

The school credits this program with helping support reading and writing instruction. To boost math scores, the staff scheduled more time for math lessons during the school day, the Comprehensive Educational Plan shows. There are two full-time science teachers, according to the budget summary, which is unusual in an elementary school.

The school offers music and visual arts. In a residency with Arts for All, students visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art, among other cultural institutions, to view, discuss and analyze paintings and sculptures. The school hosts an art showcase of student work, according to the Arts in Schools Report. 

While parents seem pleased, school surveys show some staff lack trust in the leadership of Barbara Headley, who took the helm in 2018. Many say order and discipline are not maintained in classes. Only slightly more than half the staff would recommend the school to new families. 

The school has many more students than the building was designed to hold. The main building houses 19 of the 25 classes and the remaining eight are held in portables on school grounds. 

To welcome and support families, the school hosts monthly "family fun nights," with activities such as Bingo for Books, Math Games for the Home, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities and excursions. 

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school. (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

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

This school offers Transitional Bilingual Education in Spanish.

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


Fordham (District 9)
Trains: B Line, D Line to Tremont Ave; 4 Line to Burnside Ave
Buses: Bx1, Bx15, Bx2, Bx32, Bx36, Bx40, Bx41, Bx41-SBS, Bx42


Barbara Headley
Parent Coordinator
Betty Stewart

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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