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P.S. 87 Bronx

Grades: K-5
1935 Bussing Avenue
Bronx NY 10466
Phone: 718-324-5188

Our Insights

What’s Special

Orchestra; improving academics in reading and math

The Downside

Students with disabilities perform below the city average

Located on a street with one- and two-family red brick homes, PS 87 serves a neighborhood with a large Caribbean and Guyanese immigrant population, according to the yearly plan. The school has a safe and trusting tone, and an orchestra, unusual in an elementary school. Teachers overwhelmingly recommend the school to new families. 

Designated a school in “good standing” by the city, PS 87 stands out for its trusting environment and steady progress in English Language Arts (ELA)  and math. 

On state exams, the school performs significantly below the city average in both ELA  and math, but near or above average compared to similar schools in the area. When compared year over year, however, the number of students doing well on the ELA exams is on an upward trend. During the same time, math scores have dipped slightly.

In response, the school has made changes, for example, using math manipulatives (i.e. blocks and other physical objects that help bring math concepts to life) and promoting quality discussions in math class. When you look at the school’s progress in recent years, it’s clear that there is a concerted and mostly successful effort underway to increase the quality of learning and teaching. That said, students with disabilities still perform well below the citywide average. 

The school also participates in notable programs to improve students’ math and reading, like Algebra for All, and Universal Literacy, an effort to get all students reading on grade level by grade 2. PS 87 also values family participation, which is evident based on their offering initiatives like the “Fatherhood in the Twenty-First Century,” a program that supports fathers in the community. 

ADMISSIONS: Zoned neighborhood school. (Tom Liam Lynch, web reports, March 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 the 2020-21 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
86% Citywide Average

From the 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 the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
86% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From the New York State 2021 -22 Assessment Database

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?
50% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From the 2021-22 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

How does this school serve special populations?

From the New York State 2021 -22 Assessment Database

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


Wakefield (District 11)
Trains: 2 Line, 5 Line to Nereid Ave
Buses: Bx16, Bx31, Bx39, BxM11


Disha Charles
Parent Coordinator
Susan Garcia

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?

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

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