M.S. 390

Grades: 6-8
1930 Andrews Avenue
Bronx NY 10453
Phone: 718-583-5501

Our Insights

What’s Special

Chess, dance, band/orchestra; Spanish dual language

The Downside

Working to improve school culture and tone

MS 390 offers a Spanish-English dual language program and an outstanding chess team that has placed among the top ten teams nationwide, according to the school website. In the dual language program, teachers provide instruction in English one day, and in Spanish the next in most academic classes. The goal is for students to be able to read, write, talk and listen and in two languages. 

Every student has the use of a laptop and an iPad during their time at MS 390. They may participate in a robotics lab, and explore animation, website design and other digital arts. Students may study dance and a band or orchestra instrument such as violin or cello.

The school has struggled to maintain a safe and orderly atmosphere but there has been a decline in the number of serious incidents in recent years, according to the Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP). Peer mediation and Restorative Justice programs help students discuss conflicts before they escalate. While some teachers have concerns about order and discipline, most would recommend the school to other families, school surveys show.

Test scores are moving in the right direction no matter where students are academically when they arrive. Coaches work with each grade to support teachers and students, especially students learning English and those with a disability. An online reading program has improved reading comprehension, and the volume of writing has increased, according to the city’s Quality Review.  

MS 390 offers an honors program (Excel Academy) and a high school-level (Regents) track for high-achievers, as well as preparation for the specialized high school admissions test (SHSAT).  

The school lists frequent parent workshops on the school calendar. Adults may take English as a second language classes in the evenings, computer workshops on Saturdays and training on how best to support their children at home.

After school activities include band, chorus, poetry, drama, dance and martial arts, in addition to visual arts and other sports.

The school is located in the University Heights neighborhood in a sprawling complex that includes a main building constructed in 1938 and a modern addition built in the 1980s.  

MS 390 shares the building with a tiny elementary school, PS 396, which has an ASD Nest program for children on the autism spectrum, and P10, a District 75 program for children with severe disabilities. An on-site health clinic is open to students and their families. 

ADMISSIONS: In addition to the regular zoned program, the school has 50 seats in its Excel Academy. Priority to District 10 applicants who sign in at an event. Spanish Dual Language is open Bronx-wide. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, August 2019)



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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 the 2020-21 NYC School Survey

How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
89% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
27% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
88% Citywide Average

From the 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From the 2020-21 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 the 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
40% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
44% Citywide Average

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
34% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
92% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
26% Citywide Average

From the 2020 School Directories

Uniforms required?
This school offers Transitional Bilingual Education in Spanish.
This school offers Dual Language classes in Spanish.

How does this school serve special populations?

From the 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
14% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
15% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
14% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
6% Citywide Average

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

Contact & Location


University Heights (District 10)
Trains: B Line, D Line to Tremont Ave; 4 Line to Burnside Ave
Buses: Bx1, Bx12, Bx12-SBS, Bx18, Bx2, Bx3, Bx32, Bx36, Bx40, Bx42


Robert Mercedes
Parent Coordinator
Jose Duran

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares a building with PS 396
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?

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

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