The Walton Avenue School PS 294

Grades: K-5
Staff Pick
1425 Walton Avenue
Bronx NY 10452
Phone: 718-293-5970

Our Insights

What’s Special

High-performing and community-oriented

The Downside

Hard to get in if you live outside the zone

The Walton Avenue Elementary School opened in 2013 in the Mount Eden neighborhood of the Bronx. The school far outperforms almost all the other elementary schools in District 9 and is well above the city average in terms of state reading and math test scores, including for children with disabilities and those learning to speak English.

Principal Daniel Russo, formerly a 5th grade teacher, is a go-getter, who has instilled high standards for instruction, especially in the area of math. Math sessions begin with a “problem of the day” that is open-ended and “must come alive,” a teacher says in a school website video. The videos show well-run lessons in tidy classrooms with tables arranged in groups so kids can discuss how they solve problems more easily. Math worksheets are sprinkled with references to students—“How many slices of pizza did class 304 eat?”—to show children how math is part of their everyday lives. The Department of Education has made it a “showcase school” to inspire and instruct teachers at other schools in math practices.

Russo told the Democrat and Chronicle that his staff has learned to act as a "cohesive team that was passionate in turning around a school for a community we've grown to really love." They go out into the neighborhood to talk about the school and its mission, and they host events to make the school feel more like a community gathering place, including movie nights, yoga classes and cooking instruction. Thanks to grants and outside partners, the school also provides mental health supports for their students and families who are experiencing housing instability. 

The school has expanded its arts programming from music to include theater and visual arts classes for all grades. After school and over the summers, partner organizations offer a wide variety of activities, including soccer, capoeira, health and wellness, and environmental conservation.

The school shares its building, which has a renovated playground and library, with PS 311 Lucero Elementary School.

Admissions: Zoned neighborhood school. (Nicole Mader, online research, January 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 the principal is an effective manager?
86% Citywide Average

From 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 2019-20 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 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

Who does this school serve?

From 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
92% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
26% 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

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, Bx32, Bx35, BxM4


Nicole Perkins
Parent Coordinator
Jose Cabassa

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares a building with Lucero Elementary
Metal detectors?

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

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