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PK-5
Public district
Bronx, NY
Students enrolled: 460
 

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1537 Washington Avenue
Bronx, NY 10457

(718) 583-7366
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August 25, 2015
Only 10% of students at PS 42 are on grade level. The chaos is distracting students. How can anyone defend 90% of students below grade level? We as a community have to begin having honest conversations.

- submitted by a parent
Teacher effectiveness: Very ineffective
August 17, 2015
Very inefficient and ineffective. They secretaries and principals are nice but that does not mean they are effective. It's frustrating as a parent of four to constantly worry about serious incidents like children throwing laptops out of a window or stabbing during recess.

- submitted by a parent
Teacher effectiveness: Very ineffective
August 13, 2015
Children are attacking one another in the middle of class. What is the principal doing other than being nice. I don't have to like her but the students have to respect her. Anyone remember when that student was cursing at her during dismissal in May? If the students don't respect the prinicpal there is no way they are going to respect the teachers and one another.

- submitted by a parent
Develops respect: Strongly disagree
August 13, 2015
It's hard to say students respect their teachers and other students when they are throwing laptops out the window and stabbing one another during recess.

- submitted by a parent
Develops empathy: Neutral
August 13, 2015
They try but maybe the problem is everyone is too focused on being nice and passing the blame to the next person. I read that kids are rewarded whether they have earned it or not. My son has complained of this as well. A student punched him and then he was allowed to get a prize off of the cart. That is the wrong message.

- submitted by a parent

July 09, 2015
Anyone else find it disturbing that a student was able to throw seven laptops out the window?

- submitted by a community member
Develops respect: Strongly disagree
July 09, 2015
My son is no lair. The student that threw 7 laptops out of the bathroom window was in school the next day. But what do you expect from a school that wheels a cart rewarding children whom misbehave.

- submitted by a parent
Develops empathy: Agree
July 09, 2015
I work at 42 and I know that the child who did that was suspended for days at another school. Sometimes the schools hands are tied by the policies from above. It's a systemic problem.

- submitted by a community member

July 09, 2015
I strongly disagree with the prior reviewer. It's frustrating when we sell our neighborhood out. Let's be honest people. PS 42 under Ms. Wallin was an A school and it conducted business as such. We the parents were given information on quality reviews and data. My son who is entering high school this year would bring monthly data on school incidents. Data was public. My fourth grader not once brought home any data. He did share that a student in his class threw 7 laptops out the bathroom window. The data is here people. Talented staff members have left and I would not be surprised if the other reviewer were the principal trying to save face. Someone mentioned politics over student achievement, that is proof of that. Let's be honest, look at the data, and talk with out kids. They will tell you what is really happening currently at PS 42.

- submitted by a parent

July 09, 2015
That school has come along way from 2010 when other daughter went there and 2012 when my son went there. The school is changing for the better - the teachers are getting better, the kids, the principal ms. orduz is good, even the secretaries cause before they use to have an attitude. Now you feel respected and welcome as a parent.

- submitted by a parent
Develops empathy: Strongly disagree
July 09, 2015
No I believe there is a lot of confusion. Students aren't held accountable for their actions and they believe what they are doing is ok. My son said that student that threw the 7 laptops out the bathroom window was not even suspended. He was allowed back in the class the next day. Where's the accountability. What message is being sent?

- submitted by a parent
Develops honesty: Strongly disagree
July 09, 2015
Data under Ms. Wallin was public. We recieved monthly reports on incidents and solutions being implemented. Someone mentioned teachers rewarding kids by giving them toys off a cart. That is absolutely true.

- submitted by a parent
Teacher effectiveness: Somewhat effective
July 08, 2015
Some of the teachers need to get better. Others are great. Thats every where you go Some bad teachers left last year and thats good, maybe this year too. We will see in september

- submitted by a parent
Amount of homework: Too much
July 08, 2015
Sometimes its too much for my children but I also understand they have to do it

- submitted by a parent
Develops respect: Agree
July 08, 2015
They trying but this comes from the childrens homes too not just the school. my child gets an award when they behave.

- submitted by a parent
Develops empathy: Strongly agree
July 08, 2015
The principal and the teachers have taken there time to help me and my children and I know for a fact that does not happen in other schools, my kids love going to 42 now. Things are better than when they started

- submitted by a parent

July 08, 2015
Open your eyes people, the school is getting better every day, every year. Is not where it was at a couple of years ago. Is not perfect but is getting better.

- submitted by a parent

July 07, 2015
I was targeted by the administration ultimately forcing me to leave. I feel for the children who are not the focus of the prinicpal. She is busy playing politics and targeting teachers.

- submitted by a teacher
Develops grit: Strongly disagree
July 07, 2015
Disagree. The data speaks for itself. In 2012 50% of 5th grade students were proficient or better while this last year it was close to 12%. I am one of the few teachers to actually know what the data truly is saying.

- submitted by a teacher
Develops respect: Strongly disagree
July 07, 2015
No I do not. Students are very aware of the distrust between teachers and how the prinicpal targets certain teachers.

- submitted by a teacher
Develops empathy: Strongly disagree
July 07, 2015
There is no empathy in this school. Teachers are belittling each other, misonforming parents, and the prinicpal fosters that type of environment in order to better control the teachers. It's an atmosphere of fear.

- submitted by a teacher
Develops honesty: Strongly disagree
July 07, 2015
No one trusts anyone. You can't. I had the unfortunate responsibility of being a prep teacher, assisting with behaviors, and joining various committees. You figured it would be an atmosphere of trust but it was not. The prinicpal instead turned my colleagues against me.

- submitted by a teacher
Teacher effectiveness: Very ineffective
July 07, 2015
My colleagues are great people but they lack the fortitude to stand up to administrations terrible ideas and politics.

- submitted by a teacher
Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
June 16, 2015
The teachers are great. Whenever I have spoken to a teacher they are supportive and understanding. They know what they are doing. Even when the principal has refused to see me and forced a teacher to speak with me, they have done a great job.

- submitted by a parent
Amount of homework: Just right
June 16, 2015
My daughter's second teacher is great. The home is just write. I have no complaints about the homework. It's my daughter's safety that is at risk.

- submitted by a parent
Develops grit: Neutral
June 16, 2015
When the teachers are allowed to teach, they do a wonderful job. My daughters teacher is such a hard worker.

- submitted by a parent
Develops respect: Strongly disagree
June 16, 2015
Again students are mean and rewarding them for no reason isn't helping. My daughter was attacked and that same day a teacher came to the room with a cart and gave the student that attacked my daughter a cupcake.

- submitted by a parent
Develops empathy: Strongly disagree
June 16, 2015
Students in my daughters class are mean. The teachers are overwhelmed. My daughter complains of a headache everyday.

- submitted by a parent
Develops honesty: Strongly disagree
June 16, 2015
The principal and assistant principal are not honest. They don't listen to concerns and point the finger at the teacher.

- submitted by a parent

June 16, 2015
My daughter who is in second grade complains of headaches, due to the noise in the classroom. I have complained to the Principal countless times. I have been referred to the assistant principal who does not know what she is doing. The worst part is that students are rewarded no matter how they behave. How is that fair to students like my daughter? The system at PS 42 is broken and teachers are letting out students down.

- submitted by a parent

March 11, 2015
PS 42 has no consistent system of rules and consequences, high turnover (the best leave), a dangerous school environment, and teachers (the ones that can't find a job anywhere else) that participate in verbal abuse. I'm a frustrated parent worried about my daughter and her friends. Sadly I was extremely happy with this school two years ago, but because so many of the talented employees have left the school is going down hill. I don't feel comfortable with my daughter attending this school and plan on making this her final year. Sadly the children are bullying each other in a consistent basis with no real consequences for the bullies. The teachers and principal participate in bullying, intimidating students to hide things from there parents. The prinicipal Ms. Orduz hides what is really happening at the school by rewarding bullies, kids that walk out of their class, and curse at other students and teachers by giving them toys and candy and masks it by saying it's her behavior plan. I live at 500 East 171st Stree and am so disappointed to my daughter is zoned for PS 42. PS 42 where they hide what is really going on behind Ms. Orduz's smile.

- submitted by a parent

November 28, 2010
I have found this school to be very disfunctional and disorganized. I am not satisfied with the teaching curriculum at all. My daughter still attends this school and over the Thanksgiving break she only had one photo copied handout to complete. She hardly evers gets any homework. She is she supposed to be prepared for the upcoming state exams if she receives not homework. I am highly disgusted and unsatisfied. I will definitely be the parent taking more steps for something to be done about this school.

- submitted by a parent

November 02, 2010
I went to this school from 1980-1983. At the time mr. Ortiz was the principal. My teachers were ms. Jordan and ms. G. Lorde. Excellent school.

- submitted by a community member

April 28, 2010
I really like the school and my son teacher is excellent. He is in KG, and learns something new everyday. She tries hard to make sure all of her students meet the year end requirements. My son is a smart child and she knows how to bring out the very best in him. Some of the staff in the office are clueless and that is my only issue.

- submitted by a parent

September 16, 2009
The school is much more organized than the last school my child was in. They also want the kids to have success and want the parents more involved and could use the funding for the kids.

- submitted by a parent

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Ps 42 Claremont
1537 Washington Avenue, Bronx, NY  10457
(718) 583-7366
Last modified Ps 42 Claremont is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 1 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ps 42 Claremont Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 62 reviews. Top