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The Family School

Grades: 3-K, Pre-K, K-5
Noteworthy
1116 Sheridan Avenue
Bronx NY 10456
Phone: 718-538-3266

Our Insights

What’s Special

Strong leadership team, safe and welcoming atmosphere

The Downside

No outdoor play space

The Family School has made good strides in recent years, not only in a better safety and tone, but also in effective academic instruction that takes into account different styles and paces of learning. It offers a dual language program in English and Spanish, and extends a warm welcome to families. 

The school has a strong, respected, no-nonsense leader in principal Rowena Penn, who took the helm in 2015, when state test score percentages were well below the citywide average. While scores still have a ways to go, they are improving each year under her leadership. This includes test results for children with disabilities and those learning to speak English. Extra instruction for struggling students and enrichment for high-achievers takes place after school, on Saturday and in the early morning. 

Classrooms were calm when we visited. Children worked well together in small groups, with or without a teacher, as well as independently on a variety of tasks. Teachers do not neglect basic reading and math skills, such as multiplication facts or phonics, but kids also delve into creative writing and are allowed choice about topics they want to read and write about, and how they solve problems in math. Penn wants her students to “have it all,” −a solid grounding in skills as well as extra enrichment if they’re ready. 

Pre-kindergarten is a year devoted to exploration and learning through play. Teachers emphasize big new words—like blueprint, concrete, construction—as kids explore themes, such as “Where I live.” In newsletters posted on the website, teachers in each grade outline what kids are learning so parents can follow up at home. Kindergartners take neighborhood walks to explore their surroundings through their five senses; fourth graders study Native Americans of New York State; 5th graders research how geography impacted Inuit, Pueblo and Mayan culture. 

Parents and caregivers are welcome. They are invited to a monthly “chat and chew” with the principal, honor roll breakfasts and more. Parent workshops may include tips on how to help a child with reading or homework. There are also adult classes for English language learners 

Attendance is rewarded at the school and the progress in this area is good. Yet it is still a work-in-progress: roughly one-third of the students miss at least a month of school. 

The Family School has music and visual arts classes, as well as an array of physical fitness activities, but lacks an outdoor play space.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: Team-teaching classes incorporate up to twelve students with disabilities into general education classrooms; one teacher is certified in special education. 

ADMISSIONS: Zoned neighborhood school. (Jacquie Wayans, Oct. 2019) 

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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?
80%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
98%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
91%
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?
76%
80% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
4.0

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?
39%
51% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
34%
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
555
Asian
4%
Black
27%
Hispanic
68%
White
1%
Other
0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
92%
Students with disabilities
26%
English language learners
29%
Pre-K seats
36

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
91%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
34%
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?
21%
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?
21%
28% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
15%
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 167th St
Buses: Bx1, Bx11, Bx13, Bx18, Bx2, Bx32, Bx35, Bx41

Contact

Principal
Rowena Penn
Parent Coordinator
Millicent Matos

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with Sheridan Academy
Metal detectors?
No

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

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