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Middle School High School

P.S. 51 Bronx New School

Grades: Pre-K, K-5
695 East 182nd Street
Bronx NY 10457
Phone: 718-733-0347
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Our Insights

What’s Special

Warm school; fosters independent, active students

The Downside

School may seem too informal for some

Founded in 1988 by District 10 parents, Bronx New School continues to provide a progressive, lively program for students. While some classes can be boisterous, children are relaxed and happily immersed in interesting projects.

It’s an informal place: Children call teachers by their first names and no uniforms are required. Children are unusually articulate and speak freely with adults. On our visit, 3rd and 4th graders explained to us in detail their research on different kinds of sharks—describing how, for example, hammerheads attack their prey by swinging their heads from side to side and generating electric shocks. In one class, children discussed whether zoos are good for animals. In a theater class, they discussed the difference between being yourself and acting.

"Our children talk a lot. We foster that," says principal Paul Smith. This, along with a light approach to discipline, can make the school seems a bit disorganized. For example, in one class we visited, 1st graders took an unusually long time to settle down on the rug to hear their teacher tell a story. But the school is proud that it encourages children to work independently, to collaborate and to think critically, making mistakes along the way. The school has a warm staff with more male teachers than is typical in an elementary school.

The school underwent some wrenching changes in the summer 2011, when a toxic chemical was discovered at its old site on Jerome Avenue. The discovery caused anxiety among parents and staff and forced the school to relocate to a former Catholic school building about two miles away at the other end of the district. Although busing was provided, some families decided not to make the move. At the new location, there are more English Language Learners than there were at the old location.

The new building was still undergoing repairs at the time of our visit, but when the renovation is complete it will have many amenities the old building lacked, including a gym.

The school provides no designated test preparation during the regular school day, but offers a Saturday Academy for about six week that most students attend. "A strong curriculum will lead to strong testing," Smith says. "We don’t want children to be stressed out about tests.

Parents must sign a contract promising to be involved. The school requires every parent to sign a contract. "You can't just drop them off and leave but have to continually support the child's work," says assistant principal Min Hong. Participation, though, has waned since the school moved.

Special education: Most students are provided with special ed services in their regular classrooms though there is some team teaching.

Admissions: Bronx New School is open to students from anywhere in District 10. Students are selected by lottery. (Gail Robinson, February 2013)

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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?
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
83% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
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?
80% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

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?
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 this school's most recent Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS)

Instruction: Teachers ask kids to explain their reasoning when they solve problems

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 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
25% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Pre-K seats

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?
28% Citywide Average

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

Contact & Location


Belmont (District 10)
Buses: Bx15, Bx17, Bx19, Bx36, Bx40, Bx42, Bx9


Min Hong
Parent Coordinator
Auldrey Lufadeju

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.

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