P.S. 47 John Randolph

Grades: K-5
1794 East 172 Street
Bronx NY 10472
Phone: 718-824-0950

Our Insights

What’s Special

Swimming, tennis and ballet

The Downside

Overcrowding is a challenge

PS 47 John Randolph offers an unusual array of extras, including swimming and tennis lessons for all, and free ballet lessons for a select few based on auditions. Through a partnership with the New York Botanical Garden, 4th graders plant vegetables and herbs in wooden planters on school grounds. 

Trips are part of the school experience. Students may visit the Cloisters (the outpost of the Metropolitan Museum in upper Manhattan), the Bronx Zoo or the New York Botanical Garden, among other destinations. Parents are invited to join their children in cooking nutritional meals in the Cook Shop program, and families receive free passes to visit up to 30 NYC museums.

Academic progress as shown on test scores has inched up but remains below the citywide average. The Quality Review indicates that tracking student progress and developing a coherent vision school-wide are some of the challenges the school faces. This may be a result of the fact that the school has long been seriously overcrowded, with more than 1,000 students in a building designed for roughly 800. PS 47 is also adapting to a rise in the numbers of students learning to speak English, who are served in bilingual and English as a New Language (ENL) classes, according to the CEP.

The school’s administration has made an effort to lower the teacher-student ratio so students get more individual and small group help. During a 90-minute reading block, for example, new teachers are paired with seasoned teachers, and they divide students into two groups, one for independent reading, and the other for small group lessons. New teachers also work with mentors. Two literacy coaches and two math coaches are on hand to assist teachers and students, according to the CEP. 

Every available space, including the gym, storage spaces and hallways, has been put to use. When the weather is nice, children go out to play at recess, but in poor weather they stay in the auditorium. 

The school has a renovated library courtesy of the Robin Hood Foundation, staffed by a librarian with a Master’s degree in Library Science, according to the CEP.  The Police Athletic League runs an after school program five days a week until 6 pm. 

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 2019-20 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
81% Citywide Average

From 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
1% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
80% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

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

Who does this school serve?

From 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

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

From 2020 School Directories

This school offers Transitional Bilingual Education in Spanish.

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

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

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

Contact & Location


Parkchester (District 12)
Trains: 6 Line to St Lawrence Ave
Buses: Bx27, Bx36, Bx39, Bx4, Bx42, Bx4A, BxM6, Q44


Thomas Guarnieri
Parent Coordinator
Laura Smith

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?

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

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