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P.S./I.S. 218 Rafael Hernandez Dual Language Magnet School

Grades: K-8
Noteworthy
1220 Gerard Avenue
Bronx NY 10452
Phone: 718-410-7230

Our Insights

What’s Special

Spanish-English dual language; freshly cooked lunches

The Downside

Few open seats available in the middle school

PS/MS 218 is a popular school that continues to grow in size. Classes are offered in both English and Spanish in a dual language program designed to make children fluent in both languages. Students, many of them new immigrants, wear uniforms and recite the Pledge of Allegiance in Spanish and English each morning.

Two teachers work with each class: one for English instruction, the other for Spanish. Students of grades 3 to 5 receive extra language help as needed, according to the Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP). In kindergarten through second grade, students receive instruction in English and Spanish on alternative days from a certified bilingual teacher

In grades 3-5 instruction shifts to slightly more lessons in English. In grades 6-8, gym, reading/writing, music, health and advisory groups are all taught in English, while math, social studies and science are taught in a mix of the two languages. The school offers a high school-level (Regents) Living Environment course in English and Spanish, as well as high school-level Algebra 1.

Test scores are below the citywide average, especially for children with special needs. To improve, the school is focused on boosting reading in the early grades. Teachers work with coaches from Early Reading Matters, a program that arms teachers with step-by-step methods to improve reading for little kids. They also work with a coach from the Universal Literacy initiative, which aims to help kids catch up by 2nd grade. 

The school is one of a few pilot schools in the Bronx transforming school lunch, as part of the “one chef, one school” scratch cooking model. A chef from Chef’s Brigaid works with each school’s kitchen staff to cook meals from scratch every day, such as BBQ chicken, cornbread and fresh cut watermelon. 

The school has a psychologist on staff and the Morrisania Health Clinic offers help with issues ranging from domestic violence to nutrition, according to the CEP.

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school. There are a handful of seats open in the 6th grade. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, June 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 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
68%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
88%
84% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
51%
51% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
65%
78% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
85%
78% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
0%
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
74%
79% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
5.0

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?
38%
54% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
31%
50% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
34%
46% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
39%
51% Citywide Average

From 2018 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics and A. Philip Randolph Campus High School
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I, Living Environment

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
44%
32% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
1036
Asian
3%
Black
5%
Hispanic
91%
White
1%
Other
1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
86%
Students with disabilities
18%
English language learners
25%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
93%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
23%
23% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Uniforms required?
No
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?
10%
25% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
8%
22% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
9%
24% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
4%
16% Citywide Average


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

Contact & Location

Location

Concourse (District 9)
Trains: 4 Line, B Line, D Line to 167th St
Buses: Bx1, Bx11, Bx13, Bx18, Bx2, Bx32, Bx35, BxM4

Contact

Principal
Sergio Caceres
Parent Coordinator
Zeneth Morales

Other Details

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No

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

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