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Mount Eden Children's Academy

Grades: Pre-K, K-5
Staff Pick
1501 Jerome Avenue
Bronx NY 10452
Phone: 718-294-8155

Our Insights

What’s Special

Beautiful building with a pool and dance studio

The Downside

Waitlist for seats

Founded in 2012, Mount Eden Children's Academy is one of the most sought-after schools in District 9. It is housed in the New Settlement Community Campus on Jerome Avenue, which features a dance studio, a rooftop garden and a five-lane swimming pool. 

Mount Eden has a nurturing and consistent tone. Students are welcomed by name as they walk into the building daily, according to the Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP). Leaders set clear expectations for teachers and students. Small group instruction is common in all classes, as are hands-on, project-based activities. 

Children study dance with Alvin Ailey and theater with Marquis Studios. New Settlement helps run the after-school programming in grades 1-5. Activities include drawing, musical theater, dance, chorus and theater arts. Asphalt Green provides swimming lessons and recess activities.  

Families are welcome. Time is set aside every week for parents to learn more about what their children are studying in school. Parents and caregivers may visit classrooms throughout the year, and they are encouraged to pick up their kids at the classroom door, to “see their child’s teacher face-to-face,” according to the CEP. Parents may also contact teachers via email. 

Children study science four times a week, and math twice a day. Children read four or five books as a class, each year, in addition to books they choose. They also study phonics, grammar and vocabulary. Teachers say communication is clear and they get help designing challenging academic tasks for students, according to the Quality Review. On NYC School Surveys, teachers overwhelmingly approve of the school’s principal, Jacqueline Radoslovich, who took the helm in 2017.  

While state tests scores are solid in math, they are lower in reading. Roughly one-quarter of the students are learning English and this may account for the lower reading scores. A goal on the yearly plan is to increase student-led discussions in class and to spend more time on vocabulary, reading and writing. 

Children are divided into ability groups for reading lessons to make sure they get the help they need. Almost every classroom has two adults. The school hires assistants to work in larger classes and there are paraprofessionals who work one-on-one with a student with a disability.

The campus also houses the Comprehensive Model School Project, which serves grades 6-12. The two schools occupy a portion of the building that is managed independently from the community center. 

Montefiore runs a health clinic on campus, staffed by a doctor, a nurse, and mental health staff. The building also has dental services. 

SPECIAL EDUCATION: Unlike most schools, which offer an ICT (integrated co-teaching) model, Mount Eden offers small "self-contained" classrooms for kids with special needs. "Some kids with special needs can function in the big classrooms with counseling, physical therapy, occupational therapy and/or speech services," explained founding principal Jessica Torres Maheia, a Bank Street graduate who shaped the school’s curriculum. "Others need a small setting.” Placements are based on need. The school is barrier free. 

ADMISSIONS: Unzoned. Opened to District 9. There are far more applicants than seats available. Very few spots open in the upper grades. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, March 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?
100%
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?
73%
80% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
2.6

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?
52%
51% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
39%
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
427
Asian
0%
Black
18%
Hispanic
79%
White
1%
Other
2%
Free or reduced priced lunch
93%
Students with disabilities
16%
English language learners
21%
Pre-K seats
52

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
95%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
17%
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?
22%
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?
39%
28% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
22%
17% Citywide Average


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Contact & Location

Location

Concourse (District 9)
Trains: B Line, D Line to 170th St; 4 Line to Mt Eden Ave
Buses: Bx1, Bx11, Bx13, Bx18, Bx2, Bx3, Bx32, Bx35, Bx36

Contact

Principal
Jacqueline Radoslovich
Parent Coordinator
Esmeira Jimenez

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the New Settlement Community Campus with one other school
Metal detectors?
No

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