School Details

P.S. 97

1375 MacE Ave, Bronx, NY 10469
(718) 655-4446
5

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 719 students 13 students/teacher (NY avg is 13)

Test Scores by grade

33%
21%
31%
43%
24%
34%

New York State Assessments (NYSA)

In 2011-2012 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The results for English language arts and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles and the science results will be added when they are released in the Fall of 2013. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • NYC Geog District #11 - Bronx average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

31%
20%
30%
28%
24%
36%

New York State Assessments (NYSA)

In 2011-2012 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The results for English language arts and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles and the science results will be added when they are released in the Fall of 2013. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • NYC Geog District #11 - Bronx average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

35%
21%
30%
31%
22%
30%

New York State Assessments (NYSA)

In 2011-2012 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The results for English language arts and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles and the science results will be added when they are released in the Fall of 2013. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • NYC Geog District #11 - Bronx average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

P.S. 97 is a public elementary school in New York. The principal of P.S. 97 is MS. KATHELEEN BORNKAMP, who can be contacted at kbornka@schools.nyc.gov. 719 students go to P.S. 97 and identify as Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 6% of the P.S. 97 students are "limited in English proficiency." 76% of the 719 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at P.S. 97 is 13:1. P.S. 121 Throop is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Drawing painting

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 39% 41%
Black, non-Hispanic 37% 45%
Asian/Pacific Islander 12% 6%
Asian 11% %
White, non-Hispanic 11% 7%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 0.8%
Multiracial 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 76% 77%
Limited English proficiency 6% 10%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    This school is a great school we go on fun trips I graduated from this in 2013. The teachers are very kind and helpful. This school also have a program called SASF which stands for "Sports and Arts School Foundation"!

  • (12 months ago)

    This school Is the best school to go to I really think it's a good school

  • (1 year ago)

    My child is a transfer I strongly recommend you stay on top of thing at this school or your child will get lost in the system. In our case my child has made the honor roll but I had to challenge a teacher for giving us a 2 when the teacher whent back to his records he notice it was a mistake.Teachers are human but the mistakes they make can be detrimental to your childs self esteem.

  • (1 year ago)

    I am the mother of four children two which have gone through Catholic school. Due to the economic climate we are living in we had to enroll our two youngest children at PS 97 four years ago. I love this school! I love that it is full of diversity I love the teachers the security officers the Parent Coordinator the science room the music and art program as well as all of the high standards they set and reach. The teachers so far have been fantastic especially the special education teachers who are patient loving and a pleasure to have teaching my son. The teachers really do teach and the children really learn. I heard the rumors about the principal being difficult but I am glad that I didn't judge her based on what others said because she does a great job and gets very good results. I went right up to her with a concern and she addressed it immediately. The school provides a friendly learning environment and it always has an A/B report card. I highly recommend this school.

  • (3 years ago)

    I graduated from this school in 2009 and i wish i was still there. This School was very nice i recommend it now i am going on to the 8th grade.I have lots of memories in that place i wish i could go back but its time to move on. I hope you parents give your child the opportunity to send your child to this school and get the well educated. I love P.S.97 I hope your child would too.

  • (5 years ago)

    I graduated from this school in 2008. I was very sad to leave because I was there since Kindergarden. It's a great school with it's old tradition of the Dance Festival in which all classes perform a dance according to the song the teachers pick. They now have Field Day a day where all seniors do nothing but play in athletic events. And the parent cordinator is very active with the students in planning exciting trips. I highly recommend this school to all in the area.

  • (5 years ago)

    The school is perfect thje teachers are nice but do your best.

  • (5 years ago)

    I tranfer my kids to 97 from 121 my biggest mistake. the pre-k program is not what pre-k should be. All my child does is arts and crafts. Craft that he force to do. Pre-k should be about choices. My child is not given chioces.

  • (6 years ago)

    P.S. 97 was..a great school! Until that horrible principal Bornkamp came. She needs to be removed. She has no respect for parents no compassion or interest to the education of our children and is single handedly dragging P.S 97 into the dirt. The dedicated teachers and staff who deserve better treatment from a so called 'leader' have had to endure her power trip which she believes she is superior and has to answer to no one. Frankly as a parent I am sick of her. My child has expressed to me how unhappy everyone is since she's been principal. Even how children have overheard her make ethnic remarks and speak badly about parents. Its a shame this is an example of leadership we are giving our children. Most of all a disgrace that with her behavior concerns & complaints from parents have went unnoticed!

  • (6 years ago)

    PS 97 was highly recommended to me from when we transfered from PS182 10 years ago now my other children go here ( 2 boys ) when Mrs. Spears was here best of the best but now my feeling have changed not so much for the teachers staff or others members but for Mrs Bornkamp she can be cold unresponsive and not up to being to attendtive to parents or teachers I might add.Here at 97 we try to work together and being understanding but I feel that Mrs Bornkamp needs to start to open up her ears and paying attendtion to what everyone has to say ( staff teachers parents everyone who has a voice ) This school should not good down because Mrs Bornkamp 'This is my school and I'll do what feel like ' the school belongs to the children and the community

  • (6 years ago)

    Ps 97 is a good school the teachers care about the students and so does the parent coordinator. The children do well in this school and the staff is caring but there is one major problem that is the principal. The principal states that she cares she doesnt care about anything but herself. I am one of many parents that is in agreement that she should be removed. The Bd. of Ed. should look into all of the complaints filed against her and they will see the displeasure that the parents have regarding this principal take action soon before it gets worse!

  • (6 years ago)

    This school is ok as far as NYC elementary schools go. The quality of education really depends are who the teacher is. I question the dedication of [my daughter's] teacher. She seems to be one of those teachers who's frustrated with her job. The communication is also lacking. Several times I had to confront the teacher to see why information wasn't communicated to me. I found out the information from the Bd. of Education website. Also the resources are limited. they have a 'mulitpurpose' room that they use for everything. The second graders don't even have gym. If you put your child here make sure to stay on top of their education and give them plenty of tutoring.

  • (6 years ago)

    both of my kids attended this school as well as my husband and sister-in-laws. my son graduated in 2001 and my daughter is going to graduate this year. I love this school and the teacher's as well as the maintance workers and security workers. This School has turned out to be a tradition in my family. I only wish it went up to the 8th grade

  • (7 years ago)

    I have 2 children in PS 97 and an older one that has graduated. I am grateful that my children have attended PS 97. I have always been an involved working parent. PS 97 is a good school where children excel. It has a warm atmosphere and all of the staff are always available if needed. There have been many great changes in the past few years and the school is only getting better which is why parents fight to get their children in if they are not in the zone. I am always informed of what is going on and am greeted every morning by school safety principal asst. principal and the parent coordinator. I am glad to see them outside watching the children since in the past that did not happen. It is a much warmer and inviting school. Thank you!

  • (7 years ago)

    When my son was in the 1st grade last year I thought the school was wonderful. His teacher was great. The principal was very attentive. This year however (my son now in 2nd and a daughter in Pre-K) was different. We got a new principal Mrs. Bornkamp and my level of disgust has grown. With the lack of a proper gym my son almost never got to have gym class during the winter because the 'multipurpose' room that was also used as an 'auditorium' was being used to hold the students after lunch. And they wonder why the kids are not focusing or antsy? They are bored. These kids are not getting a well rounded balanced curriculum.

  • (7 years ago)

    my daughter attends ps 97 in the special ed program and it is wonderful. the teachers are great the staff is very hands on with the students and families. i dont like the parent cordinator she not very parent friendly. you dont see her in the morning or in the afternoon ever talking to the parents. the new principal is very cold towards parents not friendly. other than that the school is wonderful down to janitors security guards. i wish my daughter could stay there until 8th grade.

  • (9 years ago)

    P.S. 97 is an excellent school and has great leadership. Its teachers are both professional and dedicated. P.S. 97 is family oriented. From the administration down to the kitchen and custodail staff it is a wonderful place to be. Its teachers and staff are dedicated to the children. It provides a very welcome environment to all who enter the building.

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