Elementary School for Math, Science, and Technology

Grades: K-5
125 East 181 Street
Bronx NY 10453
Phone: 718-933-8061

Our Insights

What’s Special

Adopt-a-school student program provides extra support

The Downside

Very few arts

Founded in September 2008, Elementary School for Math, Science, and Technology is a tiny Kindergarten through 5th grade school in Fordham. It boasts a positive culture and tone and has longtime leadership and happy teachers, NYC School Surveys show. However, test scores and instruction, while improving, have a ways to go. 

The school has made changes to improve instruction. For example, teachers use several math programs rather than relying on just one to cover skills and concepts, and the schedule now allows more time for math. In grades 4 and 5 math is taught by one teacher, and reading by another, so teachers can strengthen their expertise in one subject area. Students in grades 2-5 do “math talks” several times a week, an approach in which kids talk and share ideas about how they solve problems. 

Reading and writing skills lag, not surprising given the large numbers of English language learners. These students consistently do well in science, but struggle with reading comprehension skills, vocabulary development and identifying key ideas in their reading, the Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP) shows. Staff members have trained in how to prioritize phonics in their lessons and in the use of Thinking Maps, which help students organize information visually, similar to Venn diagrams and timelines, tools that may be helpful for children learning a new language.

Based on student needs, and with the permission of parents, students who are living in temporary housing, or have an incarcerated or deceased parent, are "adopted" by a staff member who spends non-instructional time with them, playing games during lunch, or engaging in activities before or after school, such as celebrating special milestones, visiting the cinema or museums. Students also receive support in school from the guidance counselor, according to the CEP.

Students are supported in other ways: 3rd graders learn executive functioning skills, such as how to organize a backpack, how to plan a project or use time well during a lesson, while fifth grade students focus on personal hygiene, and preparing for adulthood through college and career readiness.

A partnership with Asphalt Green and Fan4Kids provides on site support in healthy eating and regular exercise. A partnership with Good Shepherd services provides after school support for students and off site counseling services for students and families who are in need.

A handful of students who need more intervention and support participate in a daily program during lunch where they practice strategies to improve their behavior, such as self-monitoring and reflection. Staffers also keep in touch with their parents daily. 

The school offers few arts, only dance in all grades, in partnership with Arts Connection. There are no full-time art teachers on staff, due to lack of funding, according to the Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP). 

The school is wheelchair accessible. 

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, June 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 2019-20 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
81% Citywide Average

From 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 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
80% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

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

Who does this school serve?

From 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

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

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

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

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, Bx2, Bx3, Bx32, Bx36, Bx40, Bx41, Bx42, BxM4


Avon Connell Cowell

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares a building with the School for Environmental Citizenship and the Creston Academy
Metal detectors?

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

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