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P.S. 209

Grades: Pre-K, K-2
Staff Pick
313 East 183rd Street
Bronx NY 10458
Phone: 718-364-0085

Our Insights

What’s Special

Safe early childhood school

The Downside

Only goes through 2nd grade

PS 209 is a tiny school for small people. It has fewer than 300 students, and none is older than 7 or 8. Teachers overwhelmingly would recommend the school to new families, NYC School Surveys show.

Teachers strive to give their young students experiences beyond school walls to help increase their knowledge of the world, according to the city's Quality Review. For example, kindergartners take trips to the Bronx Zoo, first reading books about zoos in preparation, and then writing stories and creating art based on their experiences. 

Parents may participate in math game nights, and workshops on reading, writing, homework help and other topics. Children who are behind in reading may be placed in a well-respected program called Reading Recovery, which has been shown to help 1st-graders catch up. Students are required to read or be read to for 30 minutes a night. Before and after school help is available for kids who struggle with schoolwork, according to the school's Comprehensive Educational Plan.

The school has many programs to help kids with behavior, including Yale’s RULER program, which aims to help kids identify and regulate their emotions. A comfort dog visits the school, as part of a program to offer emotional support as children read. 

SPECIAL EDUCATION: There is an ICT (integrated co-teaching) class on each grade level, in which two teachers, one trained in special education, work in general-ed classrooms that incorporate up to twelve students with special needs. There is one small “self-contained” class, plus services that individual children may need, for example, speech. 

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school.  (Lydie Raschka, web reports, March 2020; photo from the school’s twitter feed)


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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?

What is the Pre-K like?

From the NYC Program Assessment (CLASS and ECERS-R) Database through 2019-2020

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 the 2021-22 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners
Pre-K seats

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

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

Contact & Location


Fordham (District 10)
Trains: B Line, D Line to 182nd-183rd Sts; 4 Line to 183rd St
Buses: Bx1, Bx12, Bx12-SBS, Bx15, Bx17, Bx2, Bx22, Bx32, Bx34, Bx36, Bx40, Bx41, Bx42, Bx9


Ann Keegan
Parent Coordinator
Elsa Valentin

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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