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The Matilda Avenue School

Grades: K-5
4520 Matilda Avenue
Bronx NY 10470
Phone: 718-325-4360

Our Insights

What’s Special

Families are welcome; many community partnerships

The Downside

Students don’t work in discussion groups much yet, city reports show

The Matilda Avenue School (PS 483) is a tiny new elementary school that welcomes parents and offers students opportunities to swim, dance and study music. The school website depicts family activities, such as a winter concert, publishing parties of student’s written work, a multicultural fair, and a movie night under the stars with popcorn and cotton candy. Even kindergartners participate in the school science fair; on the school's social media, kids show off projects about rainbows, volcanoes and how plants grow. 

Since it opened in September 2015 in the Wakefield section of the Bronx, Matilda Avenue has set a positive tone and forged strong community partnerships. Two police officers have adopted classrooms and come in once a month to participate in student and family events. The law firm of Sayfarth & Shaw provides books and supplies and hosts holiday celebrations. The Foodbank of New York runs cooking lessons for kids and parents. The School Mental Health Consultant Program connects students and families to therapy and other supports. 

As the school has grown (it will be a full K-5 school in 2020), so has its arts and physical education offerings. Alvin Ailey provides family workshops and does a 10-week dance residency with 1st graders. Second graders get free swimming lessons through Swim for Life. Education Through Music provides music for all students, and every child receives visual arts instruction weekly, according to the Arts in Schools Report.

The school gets high marks from the city on its Quality Review in the areas of setting clear goals, and establishing high expectations. The school is well managed, safe and orderly, the report shows. One goal going forward is to get kids talking and debating, and doing more projects in class. The Quality Review shows that while some teachers are beginning to get kids involved in lessons—for example, in one classroom, children used graham crackers and frosting to demonstrate tectonic plates in the formation of mountains and volcanoes—this was not evident in the vast majority of classrooms.

Students lead their own parent-teacher conferences, and parents receive three progress reports a year. Parents may also log on to programs to check their child’s progress, behavior and the themes they are studying.

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, 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 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
92%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
92%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
100%
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?
62%
80% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
4.1

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?
49%
51% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
55%
49% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
213
Asian
4%
Black
49%
Hispanic
37%
White
4%
Other
5%
Free or reduced priced lunch
88%
Students with disabilities
14%
English language learners
5%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
90%
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?
20%
28% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
20%
23% Citywide Average


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

Contact & Location

Location

Wakefield (District 11)
Trains: 2 Line, 5 Line to Nereid Ave
Buses: Bx16, Bx39, BxM11

Contact

Principal
Maria Cioffi

Other Details

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

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

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