P.S. 56 Norwood Heights

Grades: K-5
Staff Pick
341 East 207 Street
Bronx NY 10467
Phone: 718-920-1100

Our Insights

What’s Special

Arts and family programs

The Downside

Large class sizes in the upper grades

PS 56 is a well-regarded neighborhood school offering students an array of interesting programs and fostering close ties with families.

Although almost all of PS 56's students are low-income, they do well on state standardized tests, scoring considerably higher than average for their district and above average for New York State as a whole. English language learners do particularly well. 

Principal Maureen O’Neill seems to be well-regarded by teachers and families. Teachers say they look forward to their workday and would recommend the school to other teachers and families. The faculty sees the students as well behaved, respectful of one another and challenged by their work.

PS 56 offers Saturday academies for students and English language classes for parents. During the school day, according to PS 56’s website, students may participate in a speech competition or Skype with children in other countries among other activities. An on-line reading program stresses non-fiction geared to each student’s reading level, while all K-5 students participate in the Junior Great Books programs, in which they read and analyze classic literature.

PS 56 provides several music programs, including violin instruction for 4th and 5th graders, and a vocal program in conjunction with the Metropolitan Opera Guild/Urban Voices for students in grade 3 through 5. The school has a partnership with the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, which includes dance instruction, assemblies and a Family Dance Night.

A new wing that opened in 2016 eased overcrowding at the school while offering a room that doubles as a gym and auditorium, music and art facilities and improved outdoor space. Some classes remain large, though, because of new housing in the area.

ADMISSIONS: This is a zoned school. (Gail Robinson, from web reports, January 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 the principal is an effective manager?
86% 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?
86% 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?
50% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

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

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


Norwood (District 10)
Trains: D Line to 205th St - Norwood; 2 Line, 5 Line to Burke Ave
Buses: Bx10, Bx16, Bx26, Bx28, Bx30, Bx34, Bx38, Bx39, Bx41, BxM11, BxM4


M Oneill
Parent Coordinator
Carmen Garcia

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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