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P.S. 481 The STEAM Bridge School

Grades: K-5
Noteworthy
1684 White Plains Road
Bronx NY 10462
Phone: 718-239-5660

Our Insights

What’s Special

Teachers work well together; strong test scores

The Downside

Too early to tell

 

P.S. 481 the STEAM Bridge School is a new small elementary school in Morris Park that seems to have gotten off to a running start. 

Test scores are well above average, particularly in English language arts and for students with special needs on the English exam. The school gets very high marks from teachers and parents in a Department of Education survey. Principal Katiria Rojas has been there since the beginning, and teachers and parents see her as a strong leader. In the survey, teachers also cited an unusually high level of collaboration among the school staff.

Students at the school also work with one another. They are encouraged to take responsibility for their own work, cooperate on  projects and assignments and respond to other students’ work. This is intended to help the children develop their vocabularies and learn to explain their thinking, as well as to challenge their fellow students and provide them with feedback. So for example, in a science class, children had to explain to each other what conditions are required for water to evaporate. Writing is a key part of many of these projects, even in kindergarten, where, a visitor from the Department of Education found, children had to find a problem and a solution in a story and then use words and pictures to create a class presentation about it.

The school adjusts teaching to meet each child’s needs, using various strategies and materials. The visitor from DOE found classes were broken into groups and then given different assignments, depending on the student’s skills, to learn the skill.

PS 481 shares its building, a former parochial school, with the District 11 Pre-K Learning Center.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: P.S. 481 has both team-teaching classes with a mix of general education and special education students and small  self-contained classes for students with disabilities.

ADMISSIONS: The non-zoned school gives priority to children who live in the area for PS 83, PS 105, PS 108 or PS 357 or who have siblings in the school, although anyone can apply. (Gail Robinson, web reports, July 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 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
100%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
94%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
94%
83% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
0%
1% 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?
59%
80% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
3.5

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?
74%
51% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
97%
49% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
216
Asian
9%
Black
12%
Hispanic
63%
White
14%
Other
3%
Free or reduced priced lunch
89%
Students with disabilities
16%
English language learners
32%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
93%
93% Citywide Average

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?
40%
28% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
100%
23% Citywide Average


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

Contact & Location

Location

Morris Park (District 11)
Trains: 2 Line, 5 Line to Bronx Park East
Buses: Bx21, Bx22, Bx39, Bx40, Bx42, Bx4A, BxM10, BxM6

Contact

Principal
Katiria Rojas
Parent Coordinator
David Sampong

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with a Pre-K Center
Metal detectors?
No

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