P.S. 33 Timothy Dwight

Grades: Pre-K, K-5
2424 Jerome Avenue
Bronx NY 10468
Phone: 718-584-3926

Our Insights

What’s Special

A new wing with a library is slated to open in 2020

The Downside

Attendance and discipline problems

PS 33 Timothy Dwight is a neighborhood elementary school that occupies a 120-year-old building next to the elevated subway tracks in the Fordham section of the Bronx.

The school has long grappled with low test scores, although it has seen signs of improvement over the past several years. A reviewer from the Department of Education praised teachers at PS 33 for adapting material to individual students’ levels and providing needed support. The reviewer also was impressed by the school’s strategic use of informational nonfiction to build knowledge, as in a 1st-grade unit on animal diversity and 5th-grade lessons on the scientific method.

While the number of English language learners has declined, PS 33 still has a substantial number of children who, it says, “are struggling with the acquisition and fluency of the English language.” The school has started holding Saturday English and art classes for parents, partly to help them help their children.

Children at PS 33 take visual art. The school provides other arts with the help of non-profits such as Music and The Brain, which teaches keyboard to children in the early grades; Little Kids Rock, which offers guitar classes for students in the upper grades; and The Dream Yard Project, a Bronx organization offering a variety of arts opportunities for children and their teachers.

Attendance at PS 33 is a problem, with more than a third of all students chronically absent. Teachers in a DOE survey cited safety concerns in the building’s common areas and said the school is not orderly.

Although enrollment has declined, PS 33 remains over capacity and classes for younger grades are held in a nearby building that used to be a Social Security office. That problem should be alleviated in 2020 with the opening of a $70 million wing housing 11 classrooms, a library, cafeteria and kitchen and an exercise room.  

SPECIAL EDUCATION: PS 33 has an unusually high percentage of students with disabilities who are in self-contained classes–almost half of all students with individualized education programs (IEPs) are in these classes- although the school also has team teaching classes with a mix of special and general education students.Test scores for students with IEPs are well below city average.

ADMISSIONS: PS 33 is a zoned elementary school. The school says it takes students from beyond its zone but recently the only children admitted from outside the neighborhood were in pre-K or had siblings at PS 33. (Gail Robinson, web reports and news articles, October 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 the 2020-21 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
86% Citywide Average

From the 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 the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
86% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From the 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?
50% 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 the 2021-22 Demographic Snapshot

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

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
92% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
26% Citywide Average

From the 2020 School Directories

This school offers Transitional Bilingual Education in Spanish.

How does this school serve special populations?

From the 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: 4 Line, B Line, D Line to Fordham Rd
Buses: Bx1, Bx12, Bx12-SBS, Bx2, Bx22, Bx28, Bx3, Bx32, Bx34, Bx41, Bx9


Lynette Santos
Parent Coordinator
Arlene Santos

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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