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P.S. 205 Fiorello Laguardia

Grades: K-5
2475 Southern Boulevard
Bronx NY 10458
Phone: 718-584-6390

Our Insights

What’s Special

Strong family ties and Bronx Zoo partnership

The Downside

Overcrowded school in two buildings a block apart

P.S. 205 is a large neighborhood school serving kindergarten through 5th grade in the Belmont area of the Bronx. Despite overcrowding, the school has a strong sense of neighborhood pride and community, and families come out regularly for school events, according to the yearly plan.

Thanks to many neighborhood partnerships, children at PS 205 attend classes at the Bronx Zoo and learn to play chess. They run with the New York Road Runners Mighty Milers. They take part in chorus, violin, theater and visual arts. Fourth graders produce a student newspaper. 

State test scores in reading and math are below the city average but have improved since Principal Jenneth Santiago took the helm in 2017. In math, teachers have encouraged children to talk more about the steps they use to solve problems, and they are giving them more challenging multi-step problems. At the same time, teachers have urged kids to stick-with-it, even when math is hard, using Growth Mindset principles. 

The school has long been overcrowded, with classes at full capacity in at least two grades every year, according to the Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP). Classes are divided into two buildings: the A building houses grades 2-5; the B building houses kindergarten and 1st grade inan open classroom setting with no walls. 

The school has a "Family Night," and events such dancing and student theater productions. Family participation is high, according to the CEP.

ADMISSIONS: Zoned neighborhood school. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, April 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 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 New York State 2021 -22 Assessment Database

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 the 2021-22 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

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 New York State 2021 -22 Assessment Database

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)
Buses: Bx15, Bx17, Bx19, Bx22, Bx9, BxM11


Jenneth Santiago
Parent Coordinator
Ana Laureano

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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