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P.S. 396

Grades: Pre-K, K-5
1930 Andrews Avenue
Bronx NY 10453
Phone: 718-294-0862

Our Insights

What’s Special

Embraces kids with special needs to the benefit of all children

The Downside

Too many kids are chronically absent

PS 396 has developed a reputation for its can-do spirit in assisting children with special needs in ways that benefit all kids. Principal Nicole Tine, who took over in 2010, has continued the good work started by her predecessor Lawrence Wright, who embraced kids with special needs. Enrollment is on the rise and test scores are improving for all kids.

PS 396 is home to an ASD NEST program, which features inclusion classes for high functioning children with autism spectrum disorders. Dorothy Siegel, project director of the ASD NEST support team, called PS 396 "a very good school serving a very poor neighborhood that includes a homeless shelter." Classes are small and taught by two trained teachers working together with a large support staff of occupational, physical and speech therapists as well as music, art and gym teachers. Kindergarten combines four ASD children and eight typically developing children. The ratio changes as the children mature, reaching a 4-to-16 ratio in grades 4 and 5.

To assist ELLs (English language learners), the school hosts Family ESL (English as a Second Language) classes and Saturday family workshops with Language in Play, a language-based theater program. The school hosts student teachers from Hunter, NYU, Teacher's College, and Bank Street College, meaning kids have the benefit of an extra adult to help out in class.

Teachers are supported, too. A social studies teacher works with classroom teachers on each grade to help them infuse more reading and writing into their lessons. All new teachers are paired with a mentor who has had special training in how to be a mentor.

Movement is a priority at PS 396: every morning, all children move to music for three minutes. After lunch some teachers lead yoga exercises to help kids focus, according to an article in the United Federation of Teachers newsletter.

There are still too many children who are chronically absent but school surveys show overall satisfaction among parents and teachers [photo from the school website].

The school is housed in a sprawling complex consisting of a main building constructed in 1938, a modern addition with curved walls built in the 1980s, and an earlier annex built in 1922. It shares the complex with a middle school, MS 390.

Admissions: Neighborhood school (Lydie Raschka, school data, August 2014)

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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 2017-18 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
85% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
78% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

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?
49% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
48% Citywide Average

What is the Pre-K like?

From this school's most recent Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS)

Instruction: Teachers ask kids to explain their reasoning when they solve problems

From this school's most recent Early Childhood Environmental Rating System (ECERS-R)

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 2017-18 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

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

From 2018 School Directories

Pre-K seats

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?
26% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
22% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
27% 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


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


Nicole Tine
Parent Coordinator

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares a building with MS 390

Zone for the 2017-2018 school year. Call school to confirm.

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