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P.S. 24 Spuyten Duyvil

Grades: K-5
Staff Pick
660 West 236 Street
Bronx NY 10463
Phone: 718-796-8845
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Our Insights

What’s Special

A robust arts program and passionate teachers

The Downside

Overcrowding

PS 24 is housed in a pleasant, two-story red-brick building on a street lined with maple trees. Built in the 1950s, the building is spotless, with shiny floors and polished brass rails. It has an art studio, a well-equipped library, and a science room that even has a planetarium. Instrumental music is offered in all grades. Classrooms are large and sunny.

Long one of the highest performing schools in the Bronx, PS 24 has suffered in recent years from significant overcrowding and squabbling between the administration and staff.

There has long been bad blood between some teachers and the administration. The New York Post had a field day when former Principal Donna Connelly apparently tossed teachers desks on the street and was quoted as saying "It's the 21st Century. You don't need desks!" Connelly, who replaced a principal forced out by teachers who accused him of religious proselytizing in 2009, was forced out herself in 2015.

Overcrowding has been particularly severe since 2015, when the school lost a lease on an annex that had housed 5th-graders and a lunchroom was converted into four classrooms.

The school made the news again in 2016 when a state assemblyman, Jeffrey Dinowitz, accused the PS 24 administration of contributing to overcrowding by allowing children from outside the school zone to enroll. Assistant Principal Manuele Verdi, meanwhile, filed a lawsuit accusing a Dinowitz staffer of reviewing kindergarten applications at the school with the goal of excluding low-income children and children of color.

These problems haven't diminished the school's popularity. The school has a district-wide gifted and talented program, which is routinely filled to capacity.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school has ICT team-teaching classes on every grade that mix a portion of children with disabilities into general classes with two teachers. Other supports include occupational therapists, speech and physical therapists, and school psychologists.

ADMISSIONS: Zoned, neighborhood school. (Clara Hemphill, web reports and school data, 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 2017-18 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
93%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
72%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
74%
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?
83%
77% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
0.7

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?
76%
49% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
73%
48% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2017-18 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
915
Asian
9%
Black
6%
Hispanic
42%
White
38%
Other
5%
Free or reduced priced lunch
27%
Students with disabilities
13%
English language learners
5%

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

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?
49%
26% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
35%
22% Citywide Average


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

Contact & Location

Location

Riverdale (District 10)
Buses: Bx1, Bx10, Bx7, BxM1, BxM18

Contact

Principal
Steven Schwartz
Parent Coordinator
FLORENCE BYRNE

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with MS/HS 141

Zone for the 2017-2018 school year. Call school to confirm.

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