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Archer Elementary School, PS 531

Grades: 3-K, Pre-K, K-5
1827 Archer Street
Bronx NY 10460
Phone: 718-828-3791

Our Insights

What’s Special

Swimming and Shakespeare

The Downside

Attendance has a ways to go

Parents and teachers agree that since it opened in 2011, Archer Elementary School has provided a welcoming space with high expectations for children, according to the NYC School Surveys. The school offers field trips and hands-on activities and has unique opportunities: older kids study Shakespeare; younger ones learn to swim at the YMCA. 

The school's Twitter account shows children taking trips to the Liberty Science Center, New York Botanical Gardens and the Bronx Zoo. First graders plant seeds in science, and older kids pair up with little ones to help them learn to read. Parents attend publishing parties of children’s written work and gather for cooking classes after school. Children produce music videos that teach math concepts  and study perimeter by measuring school hallways. 

The Archer Shakespeareans (4th and 5th graders), produce an annual full-scale rock production of a Shakespeare classic, such as Macbeth, accompanied by students on bass, guitar, keyboard and drums. This program is run by an outside arts organization called LEAP, according to the Arts in Schools Report.

The person who established the school’s culture was founding principal Zak Haviland, a graduate of Williams College, whose leadership was valued by all and who stepped down at the end of the 2017-2018 school year. In order to provide continuity, he spent the following year mentoring the new principal, Erin Finerty, the website shows. 

Finerty is a graduate of Bank Street College, and was a special education coordinator at the NYC Department of Education, according to her LinkedIn page.

A few downsides: Attendance could be better; some children miss at least a month of school. Test scores remain a challenge. To improve reading and math performance, the school switched to a “departmentalized” system in grades 3-5, which means children study math and science with one teacher, and reading with another, like in middle school. This allows teachers to become experts in their fields.

Additionally, the school has added a social worker, instructional coaches, and a teacher assigned to work with struggling students. This has allowed staff to provide “academic and emotional support services in a timely manner,” according to the Comprehensive Educational Plan. 

Archer Elementary, also known as PS 531, shares the Joseph O. Loretan Campus with PS 536 and Bronx Little School. It was formerly the PS 102 building. The Department of Education decided to close PS 102 for poor performance.

Special Education: The school has team-teaching classes that mix children with special needs in classes with their general education peers. Each year, in addition to its other classes, Archer takes a small incoming kindergarten class of no more than twelve students; this “self contained” class is for those with complex disabilities, often including limited mobility, according to the CEP. The building is barrier-free.

Admissions: Zoned neighborhood school. (Lydie Raschka, school website and DOE data, August 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?
26%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
57%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
48%
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?
69%
80% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
8.1

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?
23%
51% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
29%
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
484
Asian
14%
Black
24%
Hispanic
57%
White
2%
Other
3%
Free or reduced priced lunch
95%
Students with disabilities
28%
English language learners
23%
Pre-K seats
18

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
89%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
39%
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?
5%
28% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
11%
23% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
14%
28% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
4%
17% Citywide Average


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

Contact & Location

Location

Parkchester (District 12)
Trains: 6 Line to Parkchester; 2 Line, 5 Line to East 180th St
Buses: Bx21, Bx22, Bx36, Bx39, Bx4, Bx40, Bx42, Bx4A, Q44

Contact

Principal
Zakariah Haviland
Parent Coordinator
Pearl Mozon

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with the Bronx Little School and PS 536
Metal detectors?
No

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

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