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P.S./M.S. 194

Grades: K-8
2365 Waterbury Ave
Bronx NY 10462
Phone: 718-892-5270

Our Insights

What’s Special

Well-equipped modern building; theater program

The Downside

Some students would like more challenge, surveys show

PS/MS 194 is an ethnically diverse school serving elementary and middle school students in a modern building that boasts a state-of-the-art gymnasium, auditorium and technology lab. It was founded in 2003 in Westchester Square, the northeast section of the Bronx, in a mix of industrial, commercial and residential areas. The school uses theater as one way to bring together its diverse community. 

About one-fifth of the student population is still learning to speak English. The school has seen a greater influx of Arabic and Spanish speakers in recent years, according to a set of yearly goals called the Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP). Other home languages include Bangla, Quechua, Urdu, French and Albanian. 

In addition to extra support in the classroom, these students are invited to attend an after-school program and Saturday classes to strengthen their English skills. The parent newsletter is translated into multiple languages, and staff members work with newcomers to assist with basic communication. The building’s wide corridors with alcoves and tables provide space for students to work in small groups.

The school works with The Shubert Foundation/Music Theater International Broadway Junior Program, which helps public schools build theater education programs. The program is in part designed to knit school cultures together in a positive way through the dramatic arts. An after-school program called Ultimate Enrichment provides academic support, arts and sports to kindergarten through 8th grade students. 

Academic performance at PS/MS 194 is mixed: the school gets glowing reviews on the city’s Quality Review and it has seen improvement in state test scores in reading and math—which shows up particularly in middle school. Most children stay through 8th grade, according to the parent coordinator. But there is room for growth; some students say teachers don’t challenge them enough in classes, according to the NYC School Survey. 

The school has a partnership with the Bronx Institute at Lehman College to help prepare students and their families for the college process, according to the Quality Review. Parents may attend workshops, such as on internet safety, and students meet in small “advisory” groups during the school day to help them gain awareness of high schools and colleges they may wish to attend, what skills they need, and how to apply. 

A "District 75" school (PS/MS 168) for children with severe special education needs occupies part of the second floor. 

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 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
92%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
88%
84% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
50%
51% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
82%
78% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
87%
78% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
0%
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
89%
79% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
8.8

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?
37%
54% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
38%
50% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
50%
46% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
49%
51% Citywide Average

From 2018 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
Herbert H. Lehman High School, Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics, and Astor Collegiate Academy
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
18%
32% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
1292
Asian
38%
Black
6%
Hispanic
48%
White
5%
Other
3%
Free or reduced priced lunch
79%
Students with disabilities
14%
English language learners
19%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
94%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
21%
23% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Uniforms required?
Yes

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?
9%
25% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
8%
22% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
16%
24% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
6%
16% Citywide Average


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Contact & Location

Location

Westchester Square (District 11)
Trains: 6 Line to Zerega Ave
Buses: Bx21, Bx22, Bx24, Bx31, Bx4, Bx40, Bx42, Bx4A, Bx5, Bx8, Q44-SBS

Contact

Principal
Rosa Sifuentes-Rosado
Parent Coordinator
Jasmine

Other Details

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No

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

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