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P.S. X721- Stephen McSweeney School

Grades: 9-12
2697 Westchester Avenue
Bronx NY 10461
Phone: 718-597-6404

Our Insights

What’s Special

Work-study for students with intellectual disabilities

The Downside

Little information available

The Stephen D. McSweeney School serves children aged 13 to 21 with intellectual disabilities. Because these students do not receive a regular high school diploma they need work experiences that will lead to employment upon graduation, according to the 2016-17 Comprehensive Education Plan. [photo of students from a YouTube video posted by a flamenco music and dance residency]

The quality of teaching is good and students participate in work-study programs in the community or at the school, including in three food service rooms and the wood shop, according to the 2014-15 Quality Review.

Twelve students are working at various departments at Montefiore Hospital and one student has already obtained full time employment after graduation, the Quality Review said. However, it added, in some settings it was difficult for students to receive meaningful feedback at their work sites.

ADMISSIONS: Citywide. PS X721 is part of District 75, a network of 69 schools dedicated to New York Citys students with disabilities who require increased attention. District 75 provides educational, vocational, and behavioral support programs for students who are on the autism spectrum, have significant cognitive delays, are significantly emotionally challenged, have a sensory impairment or have multiple disabilities. (Katie Safter & Hugo Segal, web reports, August 2017)

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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 students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
92%
90% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
29%
18% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
92%
90% 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?
80%
78% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
1.8

Who does this school serve?

From the 2021-22 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
547
Asian
3%
Black
34%
Hispanic
59%
White
3%
Other
1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
93%
Students with disabilities
100%
English language learners
38%

From the 2020 School Directories

This school offers Transitional Bilingual Education in Spanish.


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

Contact & Location

Location

Pelham Bay (District 11)
Trains: 6 Line to Middletown Rd
Buses: Bx8, Bx21, Bx24, Bx40, Bx42

Contact

Principal
Sara Byas Aracena
Parent Coordinator
Lisette Melendez

Other Details

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?
No

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