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P.S. 236 Langston Hughes

Grades: Pre-K, K-5
1871 Walton Avenue
Bronx NY 10453
Phone: 718-299-6128

Our Insights

What’s Special

New approaches boost instruction

The Downside

Instruction for students with disabilities has a way to go

PS 236 Langston Hughes is a tiny school in a modern brick building with a bright red gate and a playground with climbing equipment on school grounds. Trust between the principal and the experienced staff is good and most teachers would recommend the school to new families. 

Teachers have encouraged students to become more engaged in lessons. They invite them to discuss topics in small groups or with a partner. Teachers have studied John Hattie’s research on Visible Learning, according to the yearly plan. Hattie believes one of the most powerful things you can do for a student is to provide meaningful, in-the-moment feedback, with clear strategies on how to improve. 

Teachers focus on a practice called “close reading,” to ensure all students learn to develop a deep understanding, critically analyze, and precisely interpret a book or article. Close to one dozen staff members are trained to deliver a structured, intensive, research-based tutoring approach called Reading Rescue, for the students who struggle most with reading. 

PS 236 works in partnership with Young Audiences and Bronx Arts Ensemble. For each artist residency, teachers and artists plan the work students will be doing to weave art into lessons. The school has expanded its after school arts programming with cycles of arts residencies in dance, visual arts and drumming. The Partnership with Young Audiences includes community projects, for example, children created an art installment in the 176th Street Community Garden.

A downside: Students with disabilities, who make up more than one-quarter of the school population, have not made much progress on state test scores, school data shows. 

ADMISSIONS: Unzoned school. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, May 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?
86%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
79%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
86%
83% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
0%
1% 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?
87%
80% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
3.9

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?
45%
51% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
37%
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 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
327
Asian
0%
Black
24%
Hispanic
74%
White
1%
Other
1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
95%
Students with disabilities
26%
English language learners
13%
Pre-K seats
33

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
93%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
23%
25% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

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%
28% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
11%
23% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
28%
28% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
17%
17% Citywide Average


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

Contact & Location

Location

Tremont (District 9)
Trains: B Line, D Line to 174th-175th Sts; 4 Line to 176th St
Buses: Bx1, Bx18, Bx2, Bx3, Bx32, Bx36, Bx40, Bx41, Bx41-SBS, Bx42

Contact

Principal
Afrina Talukdar
Parent Coordinator
Gilberto Valette

Other Details

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

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