Bronx Little School

Grades Pre-K, K-5

What’s Special

Safe, welcoming school environment

The Downside

Many teachers say the area outside the school is unsafe

Our Review

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. 

The school shares a building with PS 531 and PS 536, two elementary schools, which replaced poor-performing PS 102.

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)

 

About the students

Enrollment
318
Pre-K seats
18
Asian
11.0%
Black
19.2%
Hispanic
67.0%
White
0.9%
Other
1.9%
Free or reduced priced lunch
91%
Students with disabilities
24%
English language learners
17%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with PS 536 and Archer Elementary
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
137%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
92%
93% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
31%
23% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
86%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
27%
88% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
2.0
7.0 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
97%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
100%
90% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
97%
82% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
72%
77% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
95%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
94%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
97%
89% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
96%
65% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
90%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
86%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents say their child's teacher helped their child adjust to Pre-K?
100%
98% Citywide Average
How many parents say this Pre-K program helped them consider which elementary schools would meet their childrens' needs?
92%
92% Citywide Average
How many Pre-K parents say their child's teacher gave helpful ideas for how to support their child's learning?
100%
97% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Test scores

How many students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
23%
43% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
16%
41% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 0 dedicated spaces for the arts.
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
0%
9% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
20%
46% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
Average math score for ICT students
1.99
2.4 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
2.07
2.2 Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
89%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
89%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
90%
89% Citywide Average
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Location

1827 Archer Street
Bronx NY 10460
Parkchester (District 12)
Trains: 6 to Parkchester; 2, 5 to East 180th St
Buses: Bx21, Bx22, Bx36, Bx39, Bx4, Bx40, Bx42, Bx4A, Q44

Contact

Phone
718-792-2650
Principal
Beverly Urquiza
Parent Coordinator
Loida Guzman

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