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P.S./M.S. 280 Mosholu Parkway

Grades: K-8
3202 Steuben Avenue
Bronx NY 10467
Phone: 718-405-6360

Our Insights

What’s Special

Field trips and celebrations

The Downside

Large classes; attendance could be improved

PS/MS 280 uses celebration to build school spirit, and delivers consistent instruction from a staff of teachers who work and plan well together, according to the Quality Review. Teachers overwhelmingly recommend the school to new families, NYC School Surveys show. 

PS/MS 280 celebrates holidays and special events that often tie into lessons, for example, older students read with younger ones on World Read Aloud Day, and children dress up as characters in books to celebrate reading. Students celebrate Chinese New Year and parade through the school in costumes on Halloween. The school’s twitter account shows math is a cause for celebration on Pi Day.

While there are not many arts teachers on staff, students take field trips to enhance their studies to venues such as American Museum of Natural History, Bronx Zoo, Bartow Pell Museum, Bronx Children’s Museum and the Children’s Museum of Manhattan.

Founded in 2006, the number of students at PS 280 has remained steady over the years, but the percentage of students with disabilities has almost doubled since 2010. These children are served in a variety of settings, including small classes for those with severe disabilities.

The student population is mostly Hispanic (kindergarten orientation is delivered in English and Spanish) with Bengali, Arabic, Korean and Albanian speakers in the mix. To assist children learning English, teachers work with students in their regular classrooms or take them out of the classroom to work in small groups. 

Roughly 140 students live in temporary housing; the school supports them by making sure they have book bags, school supplies, Metro Cards and the use of iPads and Chrome books, as well as offering social, academic and emotional support. 

Teachers host monthly workshops for parents, during which they review the curriculum for the coming month. Parents say the workshops give them a clearer understanding of schoolwork and homework, according to the Quality Review. Parents are encouraged to attend writing celebrations and awards assemblies, or to work as classroom volunteers. 

To promote social and emotional health, the school has adopted Yale’s RULER program, an approach in which children learn to identify and regulate their emotions, according to the Comprehensive Educational Plan. 

A few downsides: The school is slightly over capacity and classes are large. Many children miss at least a month of school. 

There is a tree-lined K-2 playground, as well as an outdoor play area for upper grades behind the school.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: There are "integrated co-teaching" (ICT) classes, in which two teachers work with up to twelve children with disabilities alongside students in general education. There are also "self-contained" classes for children with special needs only. The school offers speech, occupational therapy and other services, depending on a student’s needs. 

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, March 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?
89%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
88%
84% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
53%
51% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
87%
78% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
95%
78% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
0%
2% 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?
79%
79% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
12.4

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?
48%
54% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
40%
50% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
41%
46% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
34%
51% Citywide Average

From 2018 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
DeWitt Clinton High School, Harry S Truman High School, and Discovery High School

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
15%
32% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
816
Asian
10%
Black
8%
Hispanic
77%
White
5%
Other
1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
94%
Students with disabilities
30%
English language learners
17%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
92%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
30%
23% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Uniforms required?
No

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?
21%
25% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
11%
22% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
11%
24% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
8%
16% Citywide Average


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

Contact & Location

Location

Norwood (District 10)
Trains: D Line to 205th St - Norwood; B Line to Bedford Park Blvd; 4 Line to Mosholu Parkway
Buses: Bx1, Bx10, Bx16, Bx2, Bx22, Bx26, Bx28, Bx30, Bx34, Bx38, Bx41, Bx41-SBS, BxM4

Contact

Principal
James Weeks
Parent Coordinator
Nyesvann Rodriguez

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with JHS 80
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No

Zone for the 2019-2020 school year. Call school to confirm.

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