PS 153 HELEN KELLER

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650 BAYCHESTER AVE
BRONX, NY 10475
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Phone: 718-904-5550
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 7
  • Educational Climate: Below Average
  • Technology Measure: High
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Kindergarten - 5th Grade
  • District: New York City Public Schools
  • Students/Teacher: 12:1
  • Students/Grade: 106.7
  • Number Students: 640
  • Number Teachers: 40
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: N/A
  • Poverty Level: 30 PERCENT OR MORE
  • Number Computers: 80
  • Principal: Ms Veronica Goka
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (18 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (13 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-12-12
    "This school staffs(office) are horrible. Even one star is too much for them. They are definitely discriminating."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-09-20
    "P.S. 153 Helen Keller is a school that meets the academic and social/emotional needs of the children. From the dedicated principal to the hard-working APs to the passionate teachers and staff, this is a school where learning and leading are valued. The parent coordinator is an amazing resource for parents and students. My daughter just graduated, and the parent coordinator was a truly motivating influence on her, especially as a writer. During my daughter's five year at Helen Keller, I was able to communicate openly and regularly with the administrators and teachers whenever I needed to. The monthly newsletters, school handbook and regular updates always kept us well-informed. The academic expectations of the students has been at a level that helped my daughter grow in all content areas. This is a school where the Common Core Standards are studied and implemented by the staff. There was a wealth of enrichment opportunities throughout the five years, including dance, chorus, robotics, chess, school newpaper, and more. If you're looking for a safe, respectful environment, look no further. The leaders and teachers of Helen Keller have my utmost respect and support always."
    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-02-08
    "i went to ps.153 from 2005-2007 and i went through alot being there, i got transfered out of a class in 4th grade there because me and the teacher didnt get along. i was moved to ms.hall class and had her again my 5th grade year. i never liked ms.hall due to the fact she hit the kids, she once told me she was gona throw me off the stage because i came off the wrong way after practicing for a play. i had so many fights and the teachers didnt try to solve the problems.the lunch was terrible and i would always be close to missing my bus because of how the teachers would hold me back at the end of the day and didnt care if i missed the bus or not. i must say mr.harridge and mrs.williams was a big help for me during my time at ps.153 in 4th and 5th grade at ps.153!!!!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-01-29
    "The Good: The Assistant Principal looked out for our son and made sure he did well. The Bad: The teachers don't like kids that don't conform to the rigid rules of this school. They don't seemed too concerned that your child has life-threatening food allergies. (The lunch attendants aren't even informed of said allergies. If your kid eats something in the lunch room that they're allergic to, it's not on them - they blame the child. My son drank chocolate milk - not entirely his fault, I give him ALMOND CHOCOLATE MILK at home. He throat started to close. Instead of calling 911 once the nurse realized it was an allergic reaction - she called me to bring him Benedryl. I had to take him to the hospital myself.) My son was bored & frequently told me every day that he was. On the first day of Kindergarten, my son's teacher was already complaining about his behavior. (Geez! It's the first day, give him time to adjust.) They forgot to put my son on the bus - they confused him with another child. How? My son has a very unique first and last name. (Heart attack inducing! Imagine wondering if your child was kidnapped or lost!) I transferred him out. Never again. He loves his new school!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-05-11
    "This is my second negative review for this school. My wife and I had another incident with the staff, who were "enforcing" school policy and were to eager to point blame at the parent. We were not asked if we needed assisstance or offered alternatives or even advised on current school policies. We were just told" these are the rules, follow them!". We feel we are being singled out for some reason. My wife and I have only been cooperative, kind and as helpful as we can be to the school staff. We have always been polite and understanding. Clearly it was a mistake to enroll our child in this school. My childs teacher however, is amazing! The education and improvement we have noticed is beyond expectations. Its a shame our child will not be coming back here in Sept. 2012. To any parent who is thinking about enrolling your child in this school.....Do your homework about this school. Talk to the teachers, staff and pricipals if you can before you enroll. Good luck."
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