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P.S. 6 West Farms

Grades: 3-K, Pre-K, K-5
1000 East Tremont Avenue
Bronx NY 10460
Phone: 718-542-7676

Our Insights

What’s Special

Respected leader, safe atmosphere

The Downside

Many children miss at least a month of school

PS 6 is housed in a century-old, castle-like building that seems to float above the streets of West Farms. The school has established a safe and orderly tone and now aims to improve attendance, and boost reading, writing and math. Each day starts with a gathering of staff and students in the cafeteria, where they exchange greetings to start the day off right, and review expectations for learning, according to a yearly set of goals called the Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP).  

Teachers work closely with instructors from the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, at Columbia University. In this approach, children choose fun-to-read books on topics they enjoy, and learn how to edit their own writing through several drafts. Reading and writing coaches visit PS 6 more than 20 days a year to help teachers improve their lessons. Parents are invited to “publishing parties” to celebrate children’s finished work. 

The school faces challenges: nearly 150 students live in temporary housing, according to school demographics. Attendance has been an on-going concern. Roughly half of all students miss at least a month of school. 

The school offers counseling and small group instruction to address academic, social and emotional concerns. One goal in the yearly plan is to help teachers meet the wide range of students’ abilities. Teachers encourage class discussion, and ask children to explain aloud how they solve problems in math, for example. 

Enrollment has declined from 750 in 2010 to 532 in 2019, while the numbers of students with special needs has almost doubled. Tiawana Perez, who became principal in 2016, was formerly a special education placement officer, and she has a passion for serving children with special needs, as noted in a letter on the school website. She attended NYC public schools all through high school herself, and has worked her way up from payroll secretary to classroom teacher to instructional coach to principal. While her actions at PS 6 have yet to result in marked improvement in test scores for children with disabilities, teachers overwhelmingly say she is an effective manager. 

Admissions: Neighborhood school.  (Lydie Raschka, web reports, September 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?
90%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
100%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
95%
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?
91%
80% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
3.2

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?
21%
51% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
25%
49% 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 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
525
Asian
1%
Black
21%
Hispanic
77%
White
1%
Other
0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
95%
Students with disabilities
23%
English language learners
12%
Pre-K seats
48

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
89%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
47%
25% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

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?
7%
28% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
7%
23% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
9%
28% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
20%
17% Citywide Average


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Contact & Location

Location

Tremont (District 12)
Trains: 2 Line, 5 Line to West Farms Sq - East Tremont Ave
Buses: Bx19, Bx21, Bx36, Bx40, Bx42, Bx9, Q44

Contact

Principal
Tiawana Perez
Parent Coordinator
Carmen Valle

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with P.S. 6 West Farms.
Metal detectors?
No

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

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