P.S. 76 The Bennington School

Grades K-5

What’s Special

Band, chorus, theater, dance

The Downside

Teachers grumble about school leadership

Our Review

A large peach brick building with tall windows, PS 76 commands a street corner in the working-class neighborhood of Allerton. A few staff members attended the school as children and it serves generations of local residents: nurse's aides, teachers and city workers as well as about 40 children from the area's five homeless shelters.

In this changing neighborhood, PS 76 also welcomes new immigrants, such as a family we met on the day of our visit arriving from Yemen.

One of the perks of this large school is its fine music program including a band, rare in elementary school, and the staging of musical theater productions. Students receive weekly art instruction, and younger children learn dance through a partnership with Alvin Ailey. "We believe wholeheartedly in musical education," said assistant principal Candice Pantano.

The instruction at PS 76 is still mostly traditional with hints of change as teachers try to balance covering the basic skills many children need, with the hands-on projects and discussions that often get children excited about learning.There are two periods of language arts and two periods of math daily, plus an extra period of phonics and word work using the structured Fundations program.Teachers led whole class and small group lessons, and children quietly filled in workbooks and worksheets, or read books on their own as they kept track of their time and the number of pages read in "reading logs."

A few teachers asked children to turn and address a partner, for example during a math lesson, but children seemed hesitant, and after one or two exchanges, fell silent.

A school administrator said children participate in projects on Fridays, designed to invigorate social studies lessons, such as making salt dough maps about New York City or mosaics as part of a Native American study. "It helps the units come to life," said Pantano.

To meet the needs of high-achievers, the administration added a "top" class in each grade in 2016 for children who scored 3 or 4 on state tests. Teachers work with parents of struggling students after school to provide tips they can use to help their children at home.

Bilingual parent coordinator, Gloribel Rivera translates for Spanish speaking parents and enlists the help of English speaking Arabic parents. She is a bridge to the community, helping parents check out books, write a resume or use computers at the local library. "They know we're in it with our hearts," Rivera said.

Principal Louise Sedotto served as assistant principal for three years before taking the reins in 2003. Despite her long tenure, teachers expressed dissatisfaction with the leadership on school surveys, and most said they did not look forward to coming to work. Less than one-third of the teachers said she was an effective manager. An assistant principal said some teachers resist the high standards set by the administration, causing friction.

On the positive side, the school earned high praise on the 2015-2016 Quality Review, earning "well developed," the highest rating, in most categories.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school has three "self-contained" classrooms for students with special needs, plus ICT, team-taught classes that mix general education students and those with special needs with two teachers, one of whom is trained in special education.

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school. (Lydie Raschka, October 2016)

About the students

Enrollment
979
Asian
3.2%
Black
45.5%
Hispanic
42.4%
White
7.8%
Other
1.2%
Free or reduced priced lunch
100%
Students with disabilities
15%
English language learners
13%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
129%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
93%
94% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
28%
21% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
39%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
90%
88% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
12.5
6.6 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
50%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
63%
90% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
50%
82% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
59%
78% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
95%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
46%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
61%
89% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
38%
65% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
78%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
78%
86% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Test scores

How many students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
19%
43% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
21%
42% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 2 dedicated spaces for Music
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
0%
9% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
38%
46% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
Average math score for ICT students
1.74
2.0 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.02
2.4 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.75
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
1.89
2.2 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.11
2.2 Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
91%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
88%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
89%
89% Citywide Average
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Location

900 Adee Avenue
Bronx NY 10469
Allerton (District 11)
Trains: 2, 5 to Burke Ave
Buses: Bx26, Bx28, Bx39, Bx8, BxM11

Contact

Phone
718-882-8865
Principal
Darlene Teron
Parent Coordinator
Gloribel Rivera Peralta

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

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