P.S. 9 Ryer Avenue Elementary School

Grades: Pre-K, K-5
230 East 183 Street
Bronx NY 10458
Phone: 718-584-3291

Our Insights

What’s Special

Nice music program

The Downside

Many children miss a least a month of school

PS 9 Ryer Avenue Elementary school serves pre-kindergarten through 5th grade students, who find common ground in a music program that features jazz, blues, Latin and Afro-Caribbean rhythms, according to the Arts in Schools Report. Although it still has a long way to go, the school has seen improvement on test scores in reading and math in recent years. 

PS 9 students are involved in charitable activities, such as food can drives, visiting the elderly at a nursing home or cleaning a nearby park. The school offers arts, sports, and academic and social support through the Sports and Arts Foundation, and Learning through Expanded Arts. 

Many students face challenges: one-quarter live in temporary housing, which impacts attendance, punctuality and focus, according to the Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP). And close to one-third are learning to speak English, and these students in particular need help to improve their writing, the CEP shows. 

To help them improve, PS 9 looked to Concourse Village, a high-performing school that has a similar student make-up, including many new English speakers, and decided to adopt the use of “Thinking maps” in all subjects, just as Concourse Village does.  

Thinking maps combine pictures, writing and charts to help children express their ideas in reading, writing, math and other subjects. They may be effective because of their use of design and drawing, along with writing.

While students often want to solve math problems in their heads, teachers encourage them to jot things down and show their steps, in effect, “making thinking visible.” This gives kids a way to speak more easily about their work, a teacher says in a short film about thinking maps. At PS 9, teachers and even parents have been trained in the use of thinking maps, according to the CEP. 

Attendance is low. Many children miss at least a month of school. 

ADMISSIONS: Zoned neighborhood school. (Lydie Raschka, 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 2019-20 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
81% 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?
80% 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?
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 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners
Pre-K seats

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
25% 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
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
17% Citywide Average

For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Contact & Location


Fordham (District 10)
Trains: B Line, D Line to 182nd-183rd Sts; 4 Line to 183rd St
Buses: Bx1, Bx12, Bx12-SBS, Bx15, Bx17, Bx2, Bx22, Bx3, Bx32, Bx34, Bx36, Bx40, Bx41, Bx42, Bx9


Kinsley Jabouin
Parent Coordinator
Mara Lin Resto

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?

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

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