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P.S. 315 Lab School

Grades: K-8
2865 Claflin Avenue
Bronx NY 10468

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What’s Special

Music program

The Downside

No playground or gymnasium; limited arts

A tiny school, with just one class per grade from kindergarten through 8th grade, PS 315 has a positive tone, experienced teachers and a respected leader. Like many very small schools, the arts are limited but the music program is solid and teachers weave music and dance into some lessons, according to the Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP). 

The school offers help to struggling readers. In Reading Recovery, the 1st grade students who need the most help meet one-on-one with a trained teacher for half an hour every day for 12 to 20 weeks. The Wilson Reading program, which begins in 2nd grade, uses a multi-sensory approach to help kids improve, for example, they use their fingers to tap out syllables or sounds, repeat what they have read in their own words and pair sounds with color to help them remember.  

A bright spot: students do better on state reading tests in middle school. Math scores are not as strong, in particular for students with disabilities, who make up one-fifth of the student population. The school has highlighted instruction as a focus on the school’s yearly plan. The Quality Review says teachers get good supervision and support. 

Twice a week, students in kindergarten through 8th grade study music from a full-time certified music teacher in a room equipped with recorders, violins and guitars. Select students take part in weekly small group music sessions, according to the Arts in School Report. 

The school lacks a gymnasium and playground but has a dance studio with hardwood floors and ballet bars. Activities such as jump rope, soft basketball, arts and craft, and board games can be played after lunch in the cafeteria. 

ADMISSIONS: Unzoned 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?
88%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
90%
84% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
33%
51% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
88%
78% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
94%
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?
87%
79% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
7.8

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?
21%
54% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
35%
50% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
31%
46% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
51%
51% Citywide Average

From 2018 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
Charter High School for Law and Social Justice

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
0%
32% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
230
Asian
2%
Black
14%
Hispanic
83%
White
0%
Other
0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
94%
Students with disabilities
20%
English language learners
13%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
92%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
26%
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?
0%
25% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
20%
22% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
20%
24% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
0%
16% Citywide Average


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Contact & Location

Location

Fordham (District 10)
Trains: B Line, D Line to 182nd-183rd Sts; 4 Line to 183rd St
Buses: Bx1, Bx12, Bx12-SBS, Bx2, Bx3, Bx32, Bx36, Bx40, Bx41, Bx42, BxM3, BxM4

Contact

Principal
Gaby Flores
Parent Coordinator
Carmen Martinez

Other Details

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

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