Young Voices Academy of the Bronx

Grades: Pre-K, K-5
800 Lydig Avenue
Bronx NY 10462
Phone: 718-794-4080

Our Insights

What’s Special

Students are given leadership roles to build character

The Downside

Not enough room for all kindergartners who want in

True to its name, Young Voices Academy of the Bronx strives to give kids a “voice” in what goes on at school. They serve as student ambassadors and fill out surveys about activities they’d like to explore. When they wanted more science activities after school, the principal bought a flight simulator for them; when kids were curious about Lacrosse, she purchased the equipment needed to play the game. 

“Our kids really dictate what happens in the school,” said Principal Nadia Cruz-Perez who was born and raised in the Bronx by grandparents who spoke little English. Her first teaching job was at CS 6, the same school she attended as a child. She earned her BA from Long Island University, an MA in literacy studies from Lehman College and an MA in administration and supervision from Mercy College.

In some ways the school’s culture is traditional: students recite the school creed every morning, rules are posted even in bathroom stalls, and the building has a store where kids can buy items based on points they earn for good behavior. Yet select students also train to be leaders in the Brain Power Wellness program. They visit classrooms to lead short mindfulness activities, such as yoga, stretching, and breathing exercises meant to help kids focus, relax and get along.

The school celebrates its ethnic diversity; it has large Middle Eastern and Albanian populations. The Parent Teacher Association is the “most diverse we’ve ever had,” said Cruz-Perez, with representatives of every ethnicity, who help plan a huge multicultural event. Parents are invited to character-building assemblies, and publishing celebrations of children's writing. They help out on Fun Fridays, when kids meet in student government, play in the band, or practice math or reading skills through activities and games. 

The new building, opened in 2013, includes a science lab and music room but classroom space is tight. “We take up every inch of this building,” the principal said. Kindergarten is always at capacity with 25 students per class. About a dozen children are turned away each year and end up at other local schools, such as PS 105.

ADMISSIONS: Zoned neighborhood school. For information, contact: [email protected] (Lydie Raschka, web reports and interview with the principal, October 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 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 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 the 2021-22 Demographic Snapshot

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

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

From the 2020 School Directories

How does this school serve special populations?

From the 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
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


Morris Park (District 11)
Trains: 5 Line to Morris Park; 2 Line to Pelham Parkway
Buses: Bx12, Bx12-SBS, Bx22, Bx39, Bx8


Nadia Cruz-Perez
Parent Coordinator
Raquel Frias

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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