P.S. 159 Luis Munoz Marin Biling

Grades: K-5
2315 Washington Avenue
Bronx NY 10458
Phone: 718-584-6140

Our Insights

What’s Special

Support for English language learners and families

The Downside

Poor attendance rates

PS 159 is a tiny neighborhood school with a large number of English language learners. Classes tend to be small and the school fosters personal relationships between staff and students, considering their students’ emotional development as well as academics. 

Guidance counselors are on staff to help ensure all students are successful, and students told a Department of Education reviewer that “there is always an adult available to speak to them, support them, and help them be respectful honest, caring [and] responsible.” A morning meeting and an active student council, along with the individual attention, the DOE report found, have had a positive effect on academic performance and kept discipline problems to a minimum, even in the cafeteria. Despite the individual outreach, though, attendance remains a problem with a large and growing percentage of students frequently missing school.

Although one third to one half of its population is still learning to speak English, students at PS 159 do better than their counterparts at similar schools on the state standardized English language arts exam. The school has a large number of bilingual teachers and offers workshops and other resources geared to families whose home language is not English. On the math exam, though, PS 159 scores well below average for the city and for similar schools.

PS 159 teachers responding to a school survey said their students work hard, respect one another, are attentive and participate in class. The teachers said they look forward to coming to work, would recommend the school to families, and gave high marks to Luis Liz, who has been principal since 2007. Families reported that the school regularly communicates with them and makes them feel welcome and respected. A substantial number said the school should provide more afterschool programs and extracurricular activities.

PS 159 has no full-time arts teachers but offers music and visual art to its student with classes taught by classroom teachers and by outside arts groups. It also has a partnership with the New York Road Runners.

ADMISSIONS: Unzoned school. (Gail Robinson, 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 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


Belmont (District 10)
Trains: B Line, D Line to 182nd-183rd Sts
Buses: Bx1, Bx12, Bx12-SBS, Bx15, Bx17, Bx2, Bx22, Bx34, Bx36, Bx41, Bx9, BxM4


Luis Liz
Parent Coordinator
Nereida Ramirez

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?

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