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P.S. 51 Bronx STEM and Arts Academy (formerly Bronx New School)

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

Our Insights

What’s Special

Small classes; recently renovated building

The Downside

Low academic performance

Founded as the Bronx New School by parents in 1988, PS 51 is now called the Bronx STEM and Arts Academy, a tiny nurturing school open to children from throughout District 10.

As one of New York City’s Community Schools, PS 51 tries to meet the physical, emotional and social needs of children and their families as well as academic ones. Classes are small, so kids get more attention. Students call teachers by their first names, they are not required to wear uniforms, and tables are arranged so children can discuss topics during lessons. Class pages on the web site provide guidance to parents about how to help their child in school. PS 51 offers a number of programs focused on children’s emotional development, including RULER, which aims to help children recognize emotions, express them appropriately and regulate them.  

According to a Department of Education report, teachers at the school work hard to adjust classwork to each child’s level. The school makes extensive use of students’ evaluation of themselves and their classmates, a process which the children say helps them improve their work. And there are interesting assignments; 2nd graders, for example, wrote realistic fiction reflecting how New York City has changed over the years.

The school, though, has faced challenges in recent years. Scores on New York State tests are low and have declined. Although tardiness has improved, about a quarter of the children are chronically absent, missing at least 18 days of school. Enrollment has declined sharply since 2011 when PS 51 had to leave its former location two miles away after toxic chemicals were found on the site. The school currently occupies a former Catholic school that has been well renovated with a gym, music room and computer lab.

PS 51 recently added a music teacher. Other arts instruction is provided by classroom teachers and arts organizations, such as The DreamYard, National Dance Institute and Education Through Music. The school focuses on making connections between the arts, academic subjects and technology.  The website shows children study recorder, guitar and string instruments. Children attend performances and visit museums. Another outside organization, Curious on the Hudson, provides hands-on science classes and projects. There is an extensive after-school program as well. 

The Department of Education gave the small pre-K program strong ratings for emotionally supporting children and being well-organized but thought it was only fair in term of instruction.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school provides some special education services but in 2020 had no team-teaching classes, which allow up to twelve students with special needs to learn alongside general education students in the same class, and no small “self-contained” classes for children with more serious disabilities. 

ADMISSIONS: PS 51 accepts children from throughout District 10 and students from outside the district who have siblings in the school or who attended pre-K there. (Gail Robinson, from web reports, February 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 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
100%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
93%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
93%
83% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
0%
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?
60%
80% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
4.1

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?
32%
51% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
19%
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 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
205
Asian
2%
Black
31%
Hispanic
65%
White
1%
Other
0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
86%
Students with disabilities
16%
English language learners
4%
Pre-K seats
18

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
93%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
28%
25% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

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?
0%
28% Citywide Average


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

Contact & Location

Location

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

Contact

Principal
Min Hong
Parent Coordinator
Auldrey Lufadeju

Other Details

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?
No

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