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Lucero Elementary School PS 311

Grades: K-5
1425 Walton Avenue
Bronx NY 10452
Phone: 718-681-8701

Our Insights

What’s Special

Serves English Language Learners well; Edible Schoolyard

The Downside

Faculty has less experience

Lucero Elementary School, PS 311, is a zoned neighborhood school near Grand Concourse in the Bronx. Its hallways, classrooms and library are welcoming and colorful spaces, embodying the school slogan that encourages all its students to “shine brightly.” The school earns high marks for trust among the staff, developing strong ties with families, and maintaining order and discipline, according to the Annual School Survey.

Lucero offers a Dual Language program in Spanish that promises to give students the opportunity to preserve and celebrate their own culture while learning a second language and culture, according to the school’s Comprehensive Educational Plan. About half of Lucero’s students are English Language Learners, many of whom did exceptionally well on the most recent state reading exam, doubling the city average for that group of students. While test scores for the whole student body are slightly below the citywide averages, they do outperform other schools in District 9 and have seen dramatic growth in the past few years.

The most recent Quality Review celebrates the school’s high expectations for students and the way it helps students meet those expectations. It also highlights the Community Circle meetings each week that focus on one of the school’s core values: Perseverance, Enthusiasm, Activism, Collaboration, and Empathy. Parents learn about student progress on those values and classroom activities through weekly communication folders and are invited to the classroom for “learning walks” twice a month.

Parents can also participate in the Gardening Club run by community partner Edible Schoolyard, which also teaches cooking classes to the entire school in their kitchen classroom. Teachers post bilingual recipes of the week, like one for chickpea salad, in their classrooms and on Facebook to encourage healthy eating and family togetherness.

Lucero has a full-time music teacher that serves all grades, and 4th and 5th grade students also learn dance through community partner Dancing Classrooms. It shares a building with another elementary school, the Walton Avenue School.

ADMISSIONS: Zoned neighborhood school. (Nicole Mader, web reports, April 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?
93%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
93%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
93%
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?
47%
80% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
6.1

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?
38%
49% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
359
Asian
0%
Black
8%
Hispanic
91%
White
1%
Other
1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
95%
Students with disabilities
22%
English language learners
41%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
92%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
33%
25% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

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?
17%
28% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
17%
23% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
30%
28% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
33%
17% 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 170th St
Buses: Bx1, Bx11, Bx13, Bx18, Bx2, Bx3, Bx32, Bx35, BxM4

Contact

Principal
Kattia Cuba
Parent Coordinator
Juana Lopez Arellano

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with the Walton Avenue School
Metal detectors?
No

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

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