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Bronx House 2

Grades: Pre-K
Staff Pick
2222 Wallace Avenue
Bronx NY 10467
Phone: 718-653-1044

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What’s Special

Lots of play and exploration with experienced teachers

The Downside

No gymnasium

Located in Pelham Parkway Houses, Bronx House 2 looks drab on the outside but inside are four lively pre-kindergarten classes with experienced teachers and a multi-ethnic group of children. It is an easy five-minute walk from the Bronx House complex, which was founded in 1911 as a Jewish community center and offers swimming, yoga, day camps, dance, drama and other programs for all ages.

The pre-kindergarten classrooms opened in 2003 and they are dynamic, friendly places where kids ask questions, work together and talk animatedly with their teachers and each other. Bright rooms are equipped with blocks, light tables, dress-up areas and books. There isn't a large gym like at Bronx House 1, but classrooms open to fenced-in play yards and each has its own bathroom.

Teachers pick up on topics of interest to children for further exploration. On our visit, one class was painting a cardboard washing machine as they explored a theme on winter clothing. These city kids were also learning what people wear when they go skiing. A child sat with a teacher learning to make the letters in her name, three boys play-acted changing a baby's diaper, and another enthusiastically donned a purple dress and said, "I'm Rapunzel!"

Bronx House pre-k is popular with Albert Einstein Hospital employees 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. Both locations attract a range of economics, ethnicities and languages but Bronx House 2 tends to have more Spanish-speaking children, according to bilingual parent coordinator Rosa Muniz, who spends half her time at each location.

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.

Admissions: At the time of our visit there were about 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 the 2021-22 Demographic Snapshot

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 Pelham Parkway
Buses: Bx12, Bx12-SBS, Bx22, Bx26, Bx39, Bx8


Other Details

Shared campus?
Metal detectors?

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