P.S. 160 Walt Disney

Grades: Pre-K, K-5
4140 Hutchinson River Parkway East
Bronx NY 10475
Phone: 718-822-8402

Our Insights

What’s Special

Barrier-free building and playground

The Downside

Friction between principal and teachers, surveys show

Most children who attend PS 160 make the short walk to the school from their homes in Coop City, a community of fifteen high-rise buildings. The school building is designed to be accessible to all children, including those with physical challenges. PS 160 opened a dual language English/Spanish pre-kindergarten class in 2019 and will add one grade per year through 5th grade. 

One-fourth of the student population has disabilities. To serve them the school has two small mixed-age classrooms with up to twelve students, a variety of therapists for speech and other services, and team-teaching classes on every grade level. 

The playground was renovated by a nonprofit organization called Out2Play in 2009. A low basketball hoop, a hand cycler for upper bodywork, and ramps on all climbing equipment make it more accessible than most school playgrounds.

The school has full-time music and art teachers, as well as community partnerships with Dancing Classroom, American Ballet Theater, and Inside Broadway. 

While the school has improved academically, there appears to be friction between the principal and the staff. Fewer than half the teachers say the principal is a good manager, and fewer than half recommend the school to interested families, according to NYC School Surveys. Pre-k teachers say they lack the resources they need to meet students’ needs. 

The Mosholu Montefiore Community Center provides an after-school day care program that runs until 5:30 pm, and has a summer camp component, the Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP) shows. 

The Equality Charter Middle School opened in the same building in 2009. A District 75 program (X168) for students with autism and intellectual disabilities was added in 2014 and serves grades K through 3. The three schools share the cafeteria, gym and library.

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, November 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 2019-20 NYC School Survey

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

From 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 2019-20 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 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

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

What is the Pre-K like?

From the NYC Program Assessment (CLASS and ECERS-R) Database through 2018-2019

Instruction: Teachers ask kids to explain their reasoning when they solve problems
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 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners
Pre-K seats
3-K seats

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

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

From 2020 School Directories

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

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

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

Contact & Location


Co-op City (District 11)
Buses: Bx12, Bx12-SBS, Bx23, Bx28, Bx29, Bx38


Lori Baker
Parent Coordinator
Kwafi Gray

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the building with the Equality Charter School
Metal detectors?

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

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