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P.S. 150 Charles James Fox

Grades: 3-K, Pre-K, K-5
920 East 167 Street
Bronx NY 10459
Phone: 718-328-7729

Our Insights

What’s Special

Jazz band and chess

The Downside

Many children miss a month or more of school

Located in the Hunts Point section of the South Bronx, the students and staff of PS 150 represent a rich, ethnically diverse mix of students, according to a yearly set of goals called the Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP).  As part of their lessons, students study another country, such as Nigeria, Greece, Egypt or Mexico, and share what they learn with each other. They also explore dance, music and foods typical of the country they study. 

In addition to regular academic classes, students take science, dance, technology, library, visual arts and physical education classes. The school has two technology labs and a science lab. Afro Latin Jazz Alliance provides music instruction in grades 3 and 4, using various wind and percussion instruments. Marquis Studios provides art education to students in grades 1 to 4, and students study chess, the CEP shows.

In the past decade the numbers of children with special needs has gone up. A literacy coach and math coach train classroom teachers across all grade levels and new teachers work with mentors. A Reading Recovery teacher provides tutoring to younger children who are behind in reading. The school has seen a overall rise in test scores in recent years, though progress is still up and down, school data shows.

An on-going struggle is attendance. Many students miss at least a month of school. The school sends notes and makes phone calls to follow up, and celebrates good attendance. 

Many after school and weekend programs are available to parents, such as technology instruction in basic word processing and English language classes. Other resources include a food pantry, assistance with immigration concerns, mental health services, parenting classes and housing information.

The school has a dietician who encourages children to try new foods, including dumplings, egg rolls and rice, as shown on the school’s Twitter feed. Parents may join nutrition classes with their children in the Cookshop program. In other photos, parents are shown participating in hands-on math workshops, using pattern blocks and fraction pieces, to learn how to support their children at home. 

ADMISSIONS:  Neighborhood school. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, October 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?
73%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
94%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
81%
83% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
1%
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?
84%
80% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
1.9

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?
35%
51% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
32%
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
781
Asian
1%
Black
21%
Hispanic
76%
White
2%
Other
0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
93%
Students with disabilities
22%
English language learners
24%
Pre-K seats
36

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
90%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
36%
25% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

This school offers Transitional Bilingual Education in Spanish.

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?
16%
28% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
10%
23% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
24%
28% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
11%
17% Citywide Average


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

Contact & Location

Location

Longwood (District 12)
Trains: 6 Line to Hunts Point Ave; 2 Line, 5 Line to Simpson St
Buses: Bx11, Bx17, Bx19, Bx21, Bx27, Bx35, Bx4, Bx4A, Bx5, Bx6

Contact

Principal
Norma Sanchez
Parent Coordinator
Maria Martinez

Other Details

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?
No

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

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