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P.S. 595

Grades: 3-K, Pre-K, K-4
700 E 179th St
Bronx NY 10457
Phone: 718-935-3192

Our Insights

What’s Special

Spanish-English dual language; music and hands-on project

The Downside

Attendance is low

Opened in 2018, PS 595 The Colibrí Community School offers a dual language program in which children learn in Spanish for part of the day and English for part of the day. Colibrí, which means “hummingbird” in Spanish, promises field trips, drama, music and hands-on learning with an emphasis on “family, equity and joy.” 

The school has some exciting ideas but is new and untested and will need time to grow. The school admits children as young as 3-years-old and will continue to add a grade per year until it becomes a full 3-K to 5th grade school in 2022. 

The home language for the majority of students is Spanish, although some speak French and Arabic, according to the Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP). 

Founding principal Suheil Pimentel speaks both Spanish and English, and has three master’s degrees: in educational leadership (Pace University), culture and communication (New York University) and urban education (Mercy College). She has served as a special education coach, staff developer, and assistant principal for the New York Department of Education, according to her LinkedIn profile. 

PS 595 gets praise for its positive culture and tone on the city’s Quality Review. The music teacher hosts a weekly sing-a-long. Every child receives music lessons in Spanish and English at least twice a week. Students study piano and learn the basic elements of vocal music and dance, according to the Arts in Schools Report. 

According to the CEP, students go beyond textbooks to study real-world issues, such as how communities change over time, comparing and contrasting information from interviews, articles, photos and books. 

Roughly one-quarter of the students have special needs. To support them, teachers post goals and question prompts on the wall. The school takes ideas from Universal Design for Learning (UDL), an approach shown to be helpful for all kids but especially kids with learning and attention issues. Workspaces and lessons are flexible; for example, kids may use headphones to block out noise, and choose from more than one assignment. In typical UDL schools students have many options for reading, including print, digital, text-to-speech and audiobooks. 

The Quality Review, which is based on visits to the school, says teachers (many of whom are inexperienced, data shows) need to find ways to help all students reach their potential. While 1st-graders were engaged in a dual language class—speaking in Spanish to a partner about an exciting event that had happened in their lives—the reviewer saw limited chances for students to talk in other classes. 

Attendance is low; many children miss at least a month of school.

PS 595 is housed in the PS 92 building, a school that closed for poor performance. 

ADMISSIONS: Zoned neighborhood school (Lydie Raschka, web reports, May 2020)

 

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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 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
47%
80% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
1.0

How do students perform academically?

What is the Pre-K like?

From the NYC Program Assessment (CLASS and ECERS-R) Database through 2018-2019

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
155
Asian
0%
Black
28%
Hispanic
68%
White
3%
Other
1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
92%
Students with disabilities
21%
English language learners
14%
Pre-K seats
31

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
87%
93% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

This school offers Dual Language classes in Spanish.


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

Contact & Location

Location

Tremont (District 12)
Trains: 2 Line, 5 Line to West Farms Sq-E Line Tremont Ave
Buses: Bx9, Bx17, Bx21, Bx36, Bx40, Bx42, Q44-SBS

Contact

Principal
Suheil Pimentel

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with P.S. 92
Metal detectors?
No

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

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