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Bronx House 1

Grades: Pre-K
Staff Pick
990 Pelham Parkway South
Bronx NY 10461
Phone: 718-792-1800

Our Insights

What’s Special

Lots of play and exploration with experienced teachers

The Downside

No outdoor playground

Opened in 1911 as a Jewish community center, Bronx House offers swimming, day camps, dance, drama, yoga and other programs for all ages. Within the building there are five pre-kindergarten classrooms founded in 2003. (Bronx House 2, a second location, has four classrooms in Pelham Parkway Houses, an easy five-minute walk away.)

The classrooms are dynamic, friendly places where kids ask questions, work together and lean comfortably against their teachers. Rooms are equipped with blocks, light tables, dress-up and books. Clay, paint and scissors give kids a chance to practice pre-writing skills and the walls have pictures and words to help them learn to read. After building a road with blocks, a boy paused and looked intently at a picture of a construction site on the wall then went to pick up a wooden "yield," sign off the shelf and held it up to find it matched a yield sign in the photoa sign he was getting ready to read. Children stacked blocks on shelves and returned puzzles and toys to baskets after choice time following well established routines. A child set out the napkins for snack and called names to sit at tables. Teachers pick up on topics of interest to children for further exploration; on our visit, one class explored the theme of water by painting pictures of glaciers and graphing the amount of water that fell into a cup when it rained.

Bronx House is popular with Albert Einstein College of Medicine employees and residents and also has unemployed parents. Some children come from China, Albania, Mexico, Pakistan and other parts of the world. They come with and without special needs, and while some families receive free lunch, others can easily afford the $300 a month for extra childcare hours from 8 am to 6 pm.

Director Serene Stevens worked for eight years at Children's Aid Society in Greenwich Village before it closed. A mother of three children, she is a fan of progressive schools and is committed to keeping play-based learning in the Bronx House pre-k program.

There is no outdoor play area, but children visit the gym daily.

Admissions: At the time of our visit there were still a dozen open spots at Bronx House, because of new pre-k options in the neighborhood. (Lydie Raschka, December 2015)

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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the 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 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Pre-K seats

From 2020 School Directories

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

Contact & Location


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


Other Details

Shared campus?
Metal detectors?

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