The Judith K. Weiss Woodlawn School (P.S. 19)
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Academic performance is improving
PS 19 is a small K-8 school with two classrooms per grade. The school is overcrowded so some specials are held in classrooms. However, a new addition is under construction and it will have a gymnasium, auditorium, library, art studio and music room. The school has a partnership with Bronx Arts Ensemble to deliver art, music and dance instruction to all students.
Academic performance is moving in the right direction in both math and reading. Middle school students perform above the citywide average on state tests in math. The school website shows PS 19’s math team won second place at a math league competition. However, writing instruction is a focus area in need of improvement, according to the Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP).
Some students are still learning to speak English. The largest group speaks Albanian at home, followed closely by Spanish speakers and Arabic speakers, according to the CEP. Additionally, the school serves students whose home languages are Portuguese, Ukrainian and Greek. The school has two specialists who help children learn English, according to the budget summary.
The CASA after-school program for students in grades 3-5 takes place on Thursdays and Fridays. An after-school program for grades 6-8 is held in partnership with Mosholu Montefiore Community Center. Activities include sports, art, yoga, dance, science lab, interactive gaming, leadership activities, interactive video and LEGO robotics.
Parents are invited to attend workshops on topics ranging from how to help your child with reading to the dangers of vaping.
Former assistant principal Ellen O’Brien took the helm in 2019.
ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, Dec. 2019)