P.S. 199 The Shakespeare School

Grades: 3-K, Pre-K, K-5
1449 Shakespeare Avenue
Bronx NY 10452
Phone: 718-681-7172

Our Insights

What’s Special

Strong leader has built an atmosphere of trust

The Downside

Many children miss a least a month of school

PS 199 The Shakespeare School serves pre-kindergarten through 5th grade students and has a gifted and talented program. Although the school still has a ways to go, it is moving in a positive direction under strong leadership. It is housed in a U-shaped building with big windows on every side in the Highbridge area of the Bronx.

Principal Yasmin Quezada took the helm in 2017. She quickly established an atmosphere of trust among teachers and parents. Teachers say she has a clear vision, sets high standards for student learning and is a good manager. The majority of the staff recommends the school to new families, according to school surveys. 

The school faces challenges, according to the Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP). It serves an overwhelmingly low-income population, and more than 200 students live in neighborhood shelters. Homelessness has had a “devastating impact” on some of these children, the CEP states. Roughly one-third of the children miss at least a month of school and a large number are at least two years behind grade level in academics.  

Despite these challenges, state test scores in reading and math are steadily rising and are now at or slightly better than comparable schools in the district. Attendance, while still a work in progress, has also improved. In recent years the school has expanded its arts offerings and created more space for art; an empty classroom now serves as an art studio, for example, according to the Arts in Schools Report. PS 199 offers families two afterschool program choices: one in theater, one in visual arts. Teachers also take children on field trips to explore the arts in New York City. 

The school has adopted the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, an approach in which children read and write in various genres, such as opinion, information, poetry and fiction. They learn to edit their work at a young age. The school day begins with “close reading,” an important skill, where kids read slowly and carefully to identify the main idea and glean as much meaning as they can from the text with a teacher’s help. The school also fosters critical thinking in math by infusing projects and hands-on activities into lessons, and making space for children to discuss how they solve problems with each other.  

The school seems to firmly believe everyone is a stakeholder in a child’s education. It invites parents not only to celebrations and workshops but also to goal setting. The principal holds a parent-staff retreat in May, during which teachers and parents revise and make plans for the upcoming year. 

A social worker and community coordinator serve as liaisons between shelter and school personnel. All children living in shelters receive uniforms, book bags and school supplies. The school works with two consultants from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to support students. 

Outdoors there is bright climbing equipment on school grounds, as well as open areas where kids can run and play. 

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school. Families of students entering kindergarten through 3rd grade must submit a request for testing in November for the gifted and talented program. The one-hour test takes place in January. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, February 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 2019-20 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
81% Citywide Average

From 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
1% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
80% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 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?
49% 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 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

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

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

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

From 2020 School Directories

This school offers Transitional Bilingual Education in Spanish.

How does this school serve special populations?

From 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


Concourse (District 9)
Trains: 4 Line, B Line, D Line to 170th St
Buses: Bx1, Bx11, Bx13, Bx18, Bx2, Bx3, Bx35


Yasmin Quezada
Parent Coordinator
Brenda Santiago

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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