PS 536

Grades: 3-K, Pre-K, K-5
1827 Archer Street
Bronx NY 10460
Phone: 718-931-4270

Our Insights

What’s Special

Music program

The Downside

Attendance is a work in progress

Opened in 2011, PS 536 has a music program that incorporates movement, instruments and singing. Children take trips near and far to enhance their in-class studies, such as to an Apple Store and to Washington D.C. 

The school touts its hands-on lessons and projects.  “Learning can be, and should be fun, as well as rigorous,” it says on a yearly set of goals called the Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP)

Pre-kindergarten through first grade students receive free classes from Music Together, the music program paid for by Art Strides, a non-profit that secures funding to bring arts-education programs to schools. 

The school has a friendly, safe culture, school surveys show, but test scores are below average, and attendance is poor; some children miss at least a month of school. 

To improve instruction, teachers observe each other and work together to plan, photos on Twitter show. The school has also strengthened its relationships with families, according to the NYC Quality Review. Parents are invited to attend weekly English language classes, sit in on classes every month, and train to help out in classes, among other activities.

PS 536 and PS 531 (also known as Archer Elementary) replaced PS 102, which closed because of low-performance. Also housed in the building is the Bronx Little School.

Admissions: Zoned neighborhood school. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, 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 the 2020-21 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
86% Citywide Average

From the 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
0% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
86% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From the 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?
50% 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

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners
Pre-K seats

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
92% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
26% Citywide Average

From the 2020 School Directories

How does this school serve special populations?

From the 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 Parkchester; 2 Line, 5 Line to East 180th St
Buses: Bx21, Bx22, Bx36, Bx39, Bx4, Bx40, Bx42, Bx4A, Q44


Jesse Yarbrough
Parent Coordinator
Maribel Rivera

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares a building with the Bronx Little School and Archer Elementary
Metal detectors?

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

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