Mount Eden Children's Academy

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

Beautiful and well-run school built by New Settlement Apartments

The Downside

Long waitlist for seats

Mount Eden Children's Academy, opened in 2012, has quickly become the most sought after school in District 9. The modern red brick building on Jerome Avenue stands in contrast to the scrappy auto repair shops under the elevated tracks of the number 4 subway line. The New Settlement Community Campus, which houses the school, features a dance studio, rooftop garden and five-lane swimming pool.

Teachers and administrators greet kids outside in the morning and welcome parents. "From the moment my daughter entered pre-k it's been a really amazing experience for me," said a mother of two. "I never feel shut out in any way. The principal is always around."

Principal Jessica Torres Maheia is a Bronx native. Formerly an elementary school teacher, assistant principal and literacy coach, she and her staff worked with a literacy coach and consultant to write the language lessons used in the younger grades. She wanted the school to have four periods of science a week with a science teacher, because, she said, it's hard for classroom teachers to fit it in and to "build the expertise needed for teaching science."

Children get math twice a day: first is the introduction and practice of a concept and second is practice incorporating "higher order" mathematical thinking. For example, children may decide which strategy is best to use to solve a subtraction problem from several choices, or figure out how subtraction relates to addition. Children read four or five books, as a class, each year, in addition to books they choose. They also study phonics, grammar and vocabulary.

Classes are large and 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.

Relations between students, principal and staff are warm and genuine. The principal often checks in on students who struggle with behavior. These kids may take a break or eat a late breakfast if it helps them get through the day without a breakdown in behavior, she said.

We saw lots of play and activity in the younger grades. There are three pre-kindergartens in this still-growing school. Most children are able to move into one of the two kindergartens because class size in kindergarten is a little larger.

As for physical activity, there is a gymnasium, a pool and outside play space. "It's been nice to have a pool," said a parent. On cold days, for recess, kids "stay inside and watch movies or go to the gym," the parent said.

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

SPECIAL EDUCATION: Unlike most schools, which offer an ICT (integrated co-teaching) model, Mount Eden offers only small "self-contained" classrooms for kids with special needs. "Kids in general education can function in the big classrooms with counseling, physical therapy, occupational therapy and/or speech services," Maheia said. "Others need a small setting." Placements are based on need. We saw a high-achiever in a wheelchair in a general education room with an aide called a "paraprofessional." Kids in the self-contained classrooms were lively, active and interested.

ADMISSIONS: Unzoned. Opened to District 9. There are far more applicants than seats available. Very few spots open in the upper grades. (Lydie Raschka, March 2016; updated by phone, August 2016)

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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 2016-17 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
100%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
93%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
100%
85% Citywide Average

From 2015-16 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
0%
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
58%
77% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
0.5

How do students perform academically?

From 2017 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
44%
43% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
38%
42% Citywide Average

What is the Pre-K like?

From this school's most recent Early Childhood Environmental Rating System (ECERS-R)

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 2017-18 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
432
Asian
0%
Black
20%
Hispanic
78%
White
1%
Other
1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
91%
Students with disabilities
16%
English language learners
21%

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
95%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
12%
23% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Pre-K seats
54

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2017 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
33%
21% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
7%
15% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
24%
21% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
22%
9% 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 Cruz

Other Details

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

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