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Pelham Gardens Middle School

Grades: 6-8
2545 Gunther Avenue
Bronx NY 10469
Phone: 718-794-9750

Our Insights

What’s Special

Welcoming environment; Summer program for incoming 6th-graders

The Downside

Attendance needs to improves

Pelham Gardens is a safe and welcoming school, where students say they feel supported by their teachers and their peers. The school gets high marks from the city in its recent Quality Review for establishing a positive school culture.

Students participate in small advisory groups led by a teacher where they discuss topics relating to their academic and social-emotional needs. Each class elects two students to be their advocates. In addition to representing their class’s needs to administrators, class advocates take the lead on discussions during advisory sessions and model good behavior for their peers.

A majority of students say they learn a lot and get feedback from their teachers, according to the NYC School Survey.

Many students arrive performing below grade level and miss at least a month of school. To support struggling learners, Pelham Gardens participates in the Middle School Quality Initiative (MSQI), the city’s program designed to boost students’ reading levels with a longer school day and extra supports like small group and after-school tutoring.

In classes, it’s common to find students working together in small groups for a big chunk of their lessons, according to the Quality Review. Teachers also build in time for class discussions, such as 8th-graders discussing the use of foreshadowing in the novel, Of Mice and Men.

Students up to the challenge may earn high school credit by taking the Regents exams in algebra and living environment.  

Incoming students attend a two-day “boot camp” in the summer where they meet their teachers, make new friends and participate in activities that help ease their transition to middle school.

In addition to sports, choir and some clubs, students may participate in a range of after-school activities run through a partnership with ASPIRA, an organization that supports Latinx communities. To help them set long-term goals, students participate in field trips to college campuses.

Pelham Gardens shares a building with JHS 144 and the Bronx Charter School for Better Learning II.

ADMISSIONS: Open to students and residents of District 11 with priority to students living in the school’s zone. Typically the school has space for students from across District 11. (Laura Zingmond, web reports, July 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?
81%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
80%
82% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
56%
52% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
92%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
86%
81% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
3%
3% 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?
73%
75% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
7.1

How do students perform academically?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
22%
37% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
35%
42% Citywide Average

From 2018 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
Harry S Truman High School, Pelham Lab High School, and World View High School
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I, Living Environment

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
28%
32% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
474
Asian
4%
Black
54%
Hispanic
34%
White
4%
Other
3%
Free or reduced priced lunch
76%
Students with disabilities
24%
English language learners
9%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
90%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
35%
23% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Uniforms required?
No

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?
4%
14% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
7%
15% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
5%
14% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
3%
6% Citywide Average


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

Contact & Location

Location

Baychester (District 11)
Trains: N/A
Buses: Bx12, Bx12-SBS, Bx23, Bx26, Bx28, Bx29, Bx30, Bx31, Bx38, Bx5, BxM10, Q50

Contact

Principal
Denise Williams
Parent Coordinator
Tyrone Leader

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with JHS 144 and the Bronx Charter School for Better Learning II
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No

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

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