Bronx Little School
Safe, welcoming school environment
Many teachers say the area outside the school is unsafe
Bronx Little School, also known at PS 691, has grown from about 100 students to more than 300 since it first opened in 1999. The school serves a rising number of children learning English whose home languages are Bengali, Arabic and Spanish. The school is designated as Title I, which means it receives extra money to level the playing field due to the high numbers of children living in low-income families. School surveys show the school is safe, welcoming and well-run.
Originally housed in the former Monroe High School, Bronx Little began as an alternative school patterned after the progressive Central Park East elementary school in East Harlem, but had adopted more traditional practices under a previous principal.
Beverly Urquiza became principal in 2016. She gets high marks from parents and teachers on school surveys; 100 percent of teachers say she has a clear vision for the school and almost as many say she is a good manager, on the NYC School survey.
Bronx Little has a full-time licensed music teacher, and a theater program for students in grades 2-5 that culminates in an annual musical such as The Jungle Book. Second graders take swimming classes every week. Fourth and 5th graders study ballroom dance, and all students study art with Studio in a School.
Classrooms are equipped with iPads, laptops and electronic white boards according to the yearly plan.
There is an after school program and a summer camp program. A program called Young Runners meets three times a week after school and on Saturday. “Our young runners often attend weekend meets and have had opportunities to meet accomplished marathon runners from around the world,” it says on the school’s 2016-17 yearly plan. [photo of Young Runners from the school's twitter account]
Parents say the school is safe and welcoming, according to the NYC School Survey but less than one-third of teachers say their students are safe outside around the building.
ADMISSIONS: Unzoned school. Children zoned for PS 102 get preference, but children from anywhere in the Bronx may apply. (Lydie Raschka, based on web reports and school data, September 2017)
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