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P.S. 360

Grades: Pre-K, K-5
2880 Kingsbridge Terrace
Bronx NY 10463
Phone: 718-548-1511

Our Insights

What’s Special

Visual arts (incorporating math) and dance

The Downside

Many students miss a month or more of school

PS 360 is tucked away on a residential street in the Kingsbridge section of the southwest Bronx. Opened in 1999, it offers theater and dance and a visual artsprogram that incorporates mathematical concepts. After school activities include softball and track, creative arts, chess club and academic help. 

The arts are in partnership with established outside arts non-profits such as Marquis Studios (visual arts) and the Bronx Arts Ensemble (dance). In a collaboration with TheatreMoves, students write, analyze and interpret stories through ensemble stage performance, according to the program description. 

The tone and culture at PS 360 have improved in recent years. A school counselor meets weekly with small groups of struggling students to address social and emotional needs. Students and classes receive rewards for positive behaviors, which are reinforced throughout the building. 

The Playworks program prepares peer leaders to teach students how to play cooperatively and support one another socially and emotionally, reinforcing skills such as how to make friends, the CEP shows. 

Families are invited to monthly literacy nights, breakfasts with the principal and a weekly family library time for fun and educational activities like building structures with straws. 

The school faces challenges: more than one-third of the student population misses at least a month of school. A large number of students still fall below grade level standards (Levels 1 and 2) in math and English language arts on state exams. However, on the positive side, academic achievement is moving in the right direction, test scores show.

A special focus in instruction is on building vocabulary, especially among new English speakers and students with disabilities, according to the CEP.  The school website lists “words of the week” for each grade level on its homework page, such as “planet” and “orbit” for 1st graders. Fifth grade students read with younger ones in a reading buddies program and even share books they wrote themselves, for example, on Westward Expansion. First graders make “how to” books on topics like “how to make a paper airplane.” Parents are invited to celebrate their work at publishing parties. 

To assist with academics and social concerns, PS 360 works with the Kingsbridge Heights Community Center, Dial-A-Teacher, and the Fresh Air Fund, which offers city kids a chance to get out into the country during summer months. The Food Bank For New York City coordinates monthly grocery distributions for all children through a mobile food pantry. 

SPECIAL EDUCATION: Students with special needs are placed in small, mixed-age “self contained” classrooms in kindergarten through 5th grade or in team-teaching classrooms that incorporate children with disabilities in general education classrooms.

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school (Lydie Raschka, web reports, January 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?
92%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
83%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
88%
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?
68%
80% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
4.9

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?
25%
51% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
34%
49% Citywide Average

What is the Pre-K like?

From the NYC Program Assessment (CLASS and ECERS-R) Database through 2018-2019

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 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
433
Asian
2%
Black
11%
Hispanic
83%
White
3%
Other
0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
93%
Students with disabilities
24%
English language learners
18%
Pre-K seats
46

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
91%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
37%
25% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

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?
0%
23% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
9%
28% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
20%
17% Citywide Average


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Contact & Location

Location

Kingsbridge (District 10)
Trains: 1 Line to 231st St
Buses: Bx1, Bx10, Bx20, Bx22, Bx28, Bx3, Bx32, Bx7, Bx9

Contact

Principal
Iris Aldea Pollack
Parent Coordinator
Joye Torres

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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