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Pelham Academy of Academics and Community Engagement

Grades: 6-8
2441 Wallace Avenue
Bronx NY 10467
Phone: 718-881-3136

Our Insights

What’s Special

Students feel respected and inspired to learn

The Downside

Not enough parent involvement

Pelham Academy of Academic and Community Engagement is a small, popular middle school where students say they feel noticed, and teachers inspire them to learn. On school surveys, most students say teachers are respectful of their culture or background, and make lessons relevant to their everyday lives.

The school has interesting and well-organized lessons, according to the city’s Quality Review, and test scores continue to rise. Students write persuasive essays, for example, comparing and contrasting Paleolithic and Neolithic Eras, according to the Comprehensive Educational Plan. In math, students design their dream home: they draw up a floor plan following specific parameters, and figure out how to incorporate appliances and furniture. Students choose how to present their project to the class, which has to indicate their understanding of mathematical concepts.

Students may prepare for the specialized high schools exam in school, according to the middle school directory. They may also create art or music portfolios for performing arts high schools. The school offers visual arts and a band. Some students participate in high school-level algebra. Students take college trips.

Through a partnership with Bronx House, students may stay after school every day until 5:30 pm. The school also has its own after school program with recreation, leadership and character development opportunities.

Family participation is inconsistent, according to the yearly plan. Monthly activities have not been well attended so the school is planning more events that celebrate students, train and educate parents, and allow families to have fun and socialize.

The school shares the former MS 135 building with Bronx Green Middle School and Bronx Park Middle School.

Admissions: Priority to students in the zone, then open to District 11. There have been roughly a dozen applicants per seat in recent years.  (Lydie Raschka, web reports, June 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 students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
89% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
27% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
88% Citywide Average

From the 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2% 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?
80% 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 middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
40% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
44% Citywide Average

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
34% 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

From the 2020 School Directories

Uniforms required?

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?
14% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
15% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
14% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
6% Citywide Average

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

Contact & Location


Allerton (District 11)
Trains: 2 Line, 5 Line to Allerton Ave
Buses: Bx12, Bx12-SBS, Bx22, Bx26, Bx39, Bx8, BxM11


Joanna Cartagena
Parent Coordinator
Kristina Martini

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the building with Bronx Park Middle School and Bronx Green Middle School
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?

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

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