PS 81 ROBERT J CHRISTEN

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5550 RIVERDALE AVE
BRONX, NY 10471
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Phone: 718-796-8965
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 8
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium-low
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Kindergarten - 5th Grade
  • District: New York City Public Schools
  • Students/Teacher: 17:1
  • Students/Grade: 104.3
  • Number Students: 626
  • Number Teachers: 27
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: N/A
  • Poverty Level: 30 PERCENT OR MORE
  • Principal: Ms Anne Kirrane
  • 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 (30 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (24 Reviews)
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    Teacher Review | Rating:
    Posted 2015-05-09
    "There is a serious issue at the school with the kindergarten program. Three years ago they cut the aides for the 5 kindergarten classes. So there are 25-26 5 year olds in a classrom with one adult. Furthermore no experienced kindergarten teacher will put up with this so they left and the new teachers are having issues. Lastly the physical size of the classroom are smaller than required. All this leads to dramatically reduced learning in the classroom and a serious spike in child injuries especially head injuries. Management denies that there is an issue. The local doctors who address these injuries seriously disagree. The school requires the parents to spend (at least 10 hours) time to do homework with their child to make up for the inability of their staff to cope with this situation. Complaints with the Board of Education have been filed. We hope that the safety issue will be addressed as soon as possible. The educational effects for those not having time to spend with their children are serious. Even more serious are medical issues that are likely to result. The rest of the school seems to function well. Lastly a visit to the school playground in the morning will reveal much. N"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2015-02-13
    "Running a public school in New York City is a challenge in many ways. I think PS81 does a great job in dealing with all the challenges. The principal, Ms. Kirrane, is very committed to the school. She really cares about the kids. When it is a snow day, she is out on the street opening car doors to greet kids. She has always given a priority to parents with concerns and has a real open door policies. That said, the school does have its challenges with a diverse group of kids. It's public school in a big urban city. I don't think any school is perfect, but PS81 is a really good elementary school. We are lucky to have this school in our neighborhood."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-04-29
    "Sadly this school has become a test prep factory. Grades 3-5 began test prep at the end of January and it continued up until today, the day before the state math test. There was test prep in the morning and in the afternoon. It was overwhelming for my child. I am saddened by the direction the school took in regards to the test prep."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-10-01
    "My children have been attending P.S. 81 for the past four years. My husband and I are very happy with the teachers and the principal. The principal is a hands on person who is always available to meet with parents. She has made many positive changes since she became principal. Coffee with the principal is a new event at 81. These small meetings are opportunities to learn more about the happenings at the school and the curriculum. There is an increased focus in the study of arts. This year there is a full time art and music teacher. We also have many other art experiences like New York Philharmonic and Lincoln Center. The assistant principal is very helpful and is always available to answer questions. The principal met with all of the parents at the beginning of the year to share her plans for this school year. We were excited about the study of foreign language. The principal informed us about the safety procedures that are in place. My husband and I are very happy with the safety plans that are in place. We are grateful to have a neighborhood school where our children receive an excellent education from caring teacher and administration."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-09-22
    "Our child attended PS81 school from K through 5th. Generally our child's academic experience was solid, and apart from one year, the educators were dedicated, rigorous and capable. Excellence in science and the arts is sadly lacking though. The science curriculum is great when the state test is upon students in 4th grade but otherwise, it is mediocre with an unacceptable failure to teach students 'real' science. The major problem with the school is an inability to accept and / or control bullying, which we found to be prevalent in 5th grade and negatively impacted our overall experience here. We were not the only family to encounter this problem in this age group and sadly the senior administration did not effectively deal with this problem or implement policies to prevent it. Disrespectful kids who 'mouth-off' during class and exhibit rude behavior to teachers and fellow-students were not adequately dealt with, such that this type of behavior became pandemic and negatively influenced the class dynamic. The head is a dedicated educator but she drastically needs to assert her authority more to eliminate these problems. The school needs a SHAKE-UP!"
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