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P.S. 307 Luisa Pineiro Fuentes School of Science and Discovery

Grades: K-5
124 Eames Place
Bronx NY 10468
Phone: 718-601-2632

Our Insights

What’s Special

Science helps new immigrants learn English

The Downside

Cramped facilities, no playground

PS 307 offers a richer science curriculum than most elementary schools. Children do experiments in class three times a week and go on trips to the American Museum of Natural History, the Bronx Botanic Garden, or Green Meadow Farm in Queens.

The vast majority of students speak Spanish at home. Teachers and administrators say science is key to helping new immigrants learn English, because children pick up academic vocabulary by talking to one another about the experiments. For example, a child who doesn’t speak English may use a balance in class, and learn the word “balance” in the process.

Children may study the life cycle of butterflies, or learn about gravity by rolling marbles down ramps, or find out about heat transfer by warming pennies in their hands (and comparing them to cold pennies they haven’t touched). They make electrical circuits with wires and batteries, scratch different minerals to find out which is the hardest, and study live ants housed in classroom ant farms.

In math, teachers lead “number talks,” in which a teacher presents a short problem that children must solve in their heads; these aim to help children think nimbly and quickly about numbers, according to the Quality Review. 

The school offers arts residencies. Third, 4th and 5th grade students participate in a theater residency with teaching artists from The New Victory Theater and attend theater performances there. Second and 3rd grade students work with Marquis Studios on circus arts and Latin percussion. Kindergarten and 1st grade students study dance, music and rhythm from around the world. Each residency ends with a performance for families, according to the Arts in Schools Report. There is also an afterschool chorus for grades 3-5. 

Teachers have struggled to bring state test scores up to the citywide average. While attendance is good, more than half the teachers say discipline and order are hard to maintain in school, according to NYC School Surveys.  

Housed in a former synagogue, the building has cramped, windowless classrooms, narrow hallways and no playground. The school is named for the founding principal who died in March 2012. 

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school.  (Lydie Raschka, web reports, May 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?
45%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
66%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
69%
83% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
0%
1% 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?
67%
80% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
7.4

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?
26%
51% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
28%
49% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
342
Asian
6%
Black
5%
Hispanic
87%
White
2%
Other
0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
82%
Students with disabilities
20%
English language learners
42%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
95%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
13%
25% Citywide Average

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?
0%
28% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
3%
23% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
2%
28% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
2%
17% Citywide Average


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

Contact & Location

Location

Kingsbridge (District 10)
Trains: 4 Line, B Line, D Line to Kingsbridge Rd
Buses: Bx1, Bx12, Bx12-SBS, Bx2, Bx22, Bx28, Bx3, Bx32, Bx9

Contact

Principal
Yolanda Valez
Parent Coordinator
Liza Ocasio

Other Details

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?
No

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

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