Ps 161 Juan Ponce De Leon School

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Ps 161 Juan Ponce De Leon School is an elementary school in the Bronx, New York, serving 314 students from pre-kindergarten to 5th grade. The school is part of New York City Geographic District #7, which is ranked 773 out of 866 districts in the state and has a 1-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Ps 161 Juan Ponce De Leon School has consistently ranked in the bottom half of New York elementary schools, with proficiency rates in English Language Arts (ELA) and Math ranging from around 15% to 47% across different grade levels and years. The school serves a predominantly Hispanic (76.43%) and low-income (95.54% qualify for free or reduced-price lunch) student population. Despite having a relatively high per-student spending of $32,823, the school's academic performance remains below the district and state averages.

Interestingly, the nearby schools in the same district, such as Ps 25 Bilingual School, Ps 5 Port Morris, Ps 157 Grove Hill, and Ps 277, also struggle with low proficiency rates on state assessments. However, the area is home to several higher-performing charter schools, such as Storefront Academy Charter School, Brilla Veritas Charter School, Neighborhood Charter School-Bronx, and Dream Charter School Mott Haven, which may offer alternative educational options for families in the area.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 628 Tinton Ave
       Bronx, NY  10455


(718) 292-5478

District: New York City Geographic District # 7

SchoolDigger Rank:
1938th of 2,439 New York Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $32,823 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  10.9 Help
Number of students:  314

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
76.4%
African American:
19.4%
Asian:
1.3%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  95.5% Help


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Compare Details Ps 161 Juan Ponce De Leon School ranks worse than 79.5% of elementary schools in New York. It also ranks 9th among 17 ranked elementary schools in the New York City Geographic District # 7. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 23.5. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: Hispanic (76.4%), African American (19.4%), Asian (1.3%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 95.5% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Ps 161 Juan Ponce De Leon School is 10.9. 8 elementary schools in the New York City Geographic District # 7 have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Ps 161 Juan Ponce De Leon School employs 28.6 full-time teachers.
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Ps 161 Juan Ponce De Leon School is $32,823, which is the 2nd highest among 17 elementary schools in the New York City Geographic District # 7.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Ps 161 Juan Ponce De Leon School:

SchoolDigger ranks Ps 161 Juan Ponce De Leon School 1938th of 2439 New York public elementary schools. (See Ps 161 Juan Ponce De Leon School in the ranking list.)

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New York City Geographic District # 7:

SchoolDigger ranks New York City Geographic District # 7 773rd of 866 New York school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Ps 161 Juan Ponce De Leon School

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Rank History for all students at Ps 161 Juan Ponce De Leon School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 13.30 1999th 2206 9.4%
2007 13.07 1991st 2219 10.3%
2008 18.81 1935th 2227 13.1%
2009 15.23 2055th 2257 8.9%
2010 9.54 2125th 2263 6.1%
2011 10.61 2127th 2286 7.0%
2012 5.31 2245th 2320 3.2%
2013 9.51 2244th 2325 3.5%
2014 11.06 2199th 2345 6.2%
2015 25.44 1805th 2352 23.3%
2016 14.45 2136th 2366 9.7%
2017 26.39 1838th 2386 23.0%
2018 30.21 1751st 2395 26.9%
2019 28.59 1765th 2413 26.9%
2021 19.20 1867th 2201 15.2%
2022 22.15 1986th 2434 18.4%
2023 23.50 1938th 2439 20.5%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Ps 161 Juan Ponce De Leon School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 64.02 196th 938 79.1%
2019 55.94 251st 860 70.8%
2022 22.80 931st 1027 9.3%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Ps 161 Juan Ponce De Leon School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 34.38 1312th 1941 32.4%
2019 29.86 1352nd 1859 27.3%
2022 24.53 1773rd 2031 12.7%
2023 29.04 1504th 2016 25.4%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Ps 161 Juan Ponce De Leon School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 29.74 1282nd 1678 23.6%
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Rank History for Homeless students at Ps 161 Juan Ponce De Leon School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 64.33 184th 730 74.8%
2019 33.13 430th 570 24.6%
2022 39.47 369th 622 40.7%
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Rank History for Female students at Ps 161 Juan Ponce De Leon School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 37.04 1563rd 2338 33.1%
2019 34.44 1580th 2357 33.0%
2021 20.27 1661st 1955 15.0%
2022 28.46 1807th 2401 24.7%
2023 27.24 1818th 2403 24.3%
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Rank History for Male students at Ps 161 Juan Ponce De Leon School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 28.66 1799th 2340 23.1%
2019 24.81 1846th 2358 21.7%
2021 9.93 1849th 1961 5.7%
2022 17.64 2113th 2400 12.0%
2023 23.28 1924th 2400 19.8%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Ps 161 Juan Ponce De Leon School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 46.28 727th 1392 47.8%
2019 43.77 694th 1315 47.2%
2022 32.42 1082nd 1503 28.0%
2023 33.71 979th 1429 31.5%
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Data source: test scores: NY State Education Department, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Enrollment information for Ps 161 Juan Ponce De Leon School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1989 2 132 0 458 0 n/a n/a 0 592
1990 5 131 0 461 0 n/a n/a 0 597
1991 3 127 1 411 0 n/a n/a 72 614
1992 4 153 0 465 0 n/a n/a 0 622
1993 2 193 0 485 0 n/a n/a 0 680
1994 1 199 0 473 0 n/a n/a 0 673
1995 0 196 0 538 1 n/a n/a 0 735
1996 0 196 0 538 1 n/a n/a 0 735
1997 2 201 2 554 9 n/a n/a 0 768
1998 0 214 4 586 4 n/a n/a 0 808
1999 1 208 2 642 3 n/a n/a 0 856
2000 3 164 0 614 1 n/a n/a 0 782
2001 1 172 1 596 0 n/a n/a 0 770
2002 1 176 4 460 1 n/a n/a 0 642
2003 1 176 4 460 1 n/a n/a 0 642
2004 1 158 4 461 0 n/a n/a 0 624
2005 0 134 4 405 2 n/a n/a 0 545
2006 0 125 4 389 1 n/a n/a 0 519
2007 3 104 1 374 1 n/a n/a 0 483
2008 5 118 1 371 1 n/a n/a 0 496
2009 4 134 2 407 3 n/a n/a 0 550
2010 2 156 2 438 1 n/a n/a 0 599
2011 5 177 2 445 2 0 0 0 631
2012 7 170 2 414 2 0 0 0 595
2013 12 128 2 398 3 1 0 0 544
2014 8 115 4 399 2 0 0 0 528
2015 9 117 4 388 2 0 0 0 520
2016 12 122 4 394 3 0 1 0 536
2017 8 114 2 378 1 1 1 0 505
2018 4 121 2 385 2 0 5 0 519
2019 9 98 2 368 2 0 4 0 483
2020 4 91 2 346 2 0 5 0 450
2021 2 75 2 296 2 0 4 0 381
2022 2 72 2 252 4 0 2 0 334
2023 3 61 4 240 3 0 3 0 314

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Ps 161 Juan Ponce De Leon School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 592 39.4 15.0 n/a
1990 597 41.9 14.2 n/a
1991 614 46.4 13.2 n/a
1992 622 51.1 12.1 n/a
1993 680 50.4 13.5 n/a
1994 673 55.1 12.2 n/a
1995 735 52.7 13.9 n/a
1996 735 52.7 13.9 n/a
1997 768 57.6 13.3 94.9
1998 808 64.4 12.5 88
1999 856 64.3 13.3 83.1
2000 782 69.2 11.3 90.9
2001 770 75.0 10.3 63.4
2002 642 n/a n/a n/a
2003 642 n/a n/a n/a
2004 624 n/a n/a n/a
2005 545 58.6 9.3 0
2006 519 60.0 8.7 88.2
2007 483 54.5 8.9 91.5
2008 496 53.0 9.4 91.1
2009 550 60.0 9.2 90.9
2010 599 58.0 10.3 n/a
2011 631 60.1 10.4 96.7
2012 595 54.9 10.8 96.6
2013 544 44.8 12.1 96.3
2014 528 41.0 12.8 91.5
2015 520 44.0 11.8 97.9
2016 536 44.0 12.1 95
2017 505 43.9 11.5 92.5
2018 519 40.0 12.9 95.8
2019 483 41.0 11.7 97.5
2020 450 29.0 15.5 96.7
2021 381 28.6 13.2 96.6
2022 334 27.0 12.3 95.2
2023 314 28.6 10.9 95.5

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Ps 161 Juan Ponce De Leon School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 592 39.4 15.0 n/a
1990 597 41.9 14.2 n/a
1991 614 46.4 13.2 n/a
1992 622 51.1 12.1 n/a
1993 680 50.4 13.5 n/a
1994 673 55.1 12.2 n/a
1995 735 52.7 13.9 n/a
1996 735 52.7 13.9 n/a
1997 768 57.6 13.3 94.9
1998 808 64.4 12.5 88
1999 856 64.3 13.3 83.1
2000 782 69.2 11.3 90.9
2001 770 75.0 10.3 63.4
2002 642 n/a n/a n/a
2003 642 n/a n/a n/a
2004 624 n/a n/a n/a
2005 545 58.6 9.3 0
2006 519 60.0 8.7 88.2
2007 483 54.5 8.9 91.5
2008 496 53.0 9.4 91.1
2009 550 60.0 9.2 90.9
2010 599 58.0 10.3 n/a
2011 631 60.1 10.4 96.7
2012 595 54.9 10.8 96.6
2013 544 44.8 12.1 96.3
2014 528 41.0 12.8 91.5
2015 520 44.0 11.8 97.9
2016 536 44.0 12.1 95
2017 505 43.9 11.5 92.5
2018 519 40.0 12.9 95.8
2019 483 41.0 11.7 97.5
2020 450 29.0 15.5 96.7
2021 381 28.6 13.2 96.6
2022 334 27.0 12.3 95.2
2023 314 28.6 10.9 95.5

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.

Immunization Rates

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YearCompletely Immunized
201598.5%

Data source: New York State Department of Health
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Ps 161 Juan Ponce De Leon School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $2,025 (8.9%) $20,618 (91.1%) $22,643
2020 $1,272 (5.8%) $20,510 (94.2%) $21,782
2021 $2,240 (8.7%) $23,573 (91.3%) $25,813
2022 $3,902 (13.4%) $25,279 (86.6%) $29,181
2023 $4,524 (13.8%) $28,298 (86.2%) $32,823

Data source: New York Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Ps 161 Juan Ponce De Leon School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 1765th of 2413 Elementary schoolsRanks 1938th of 2439 Elementary schools
 6.3%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Ps 161 Juan Ponce De Leon School)5242.4
 9.6%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (New York City Geographic District # 7)4329.6
 13.4%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (New York)5244.9
 7.1%
3rd Grade Math (Ps 161 Juan Ponce De Leon School)4945.7
 3.3%
   3rd Grade Math (New York City Geographic District # 7)3436.4
 2.4%
   3rd Grade Math (New York)5453.7
 0.3%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Ps 161 Juan Ponce De Leon School)2928.9
 0.1%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (New York City Geographic District # 7)3629.5
 6.5%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (New York)4848.8
 0.8%
4th Grade Math (Ps 161 Juan Ponce De Leon School)4234.1
 7.9%
   4th Grade Math (New York City Geographic District # 7)2929.4
 0.4%
   4th Grade Math (New York)5053.9
 3.8%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Ps 161 Juan Ponce De Leon School)1624.3
 8.3%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (New York City Geographic District # 7)2226.8
 4.8%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (New York)3845.1
 7.1%
5th Grade Math (Ps 161 Juan Ponce De Leon School)2515.8
 9.2%
   5th Grade Math (New York City Geographic District # 7)2727.9
 0.9%
   5th Grade Math (New York)4649.7
 3.7%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students483314
 35%
African American9861
 37.8%
American Indian23
 50%
Asian24
 100%
Hispanic368240
 34.8%
Pacific Islander00
White93
 66.7%
Two or More Races43
 25%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients97.5%95.5%
 2%


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In the 2022-23 school year, 314 students attended Ps 161 Juan Ponce De Leon School.

Students at Ps 161 Juan Ponce De Leon School are 76% Hispanic, 19% African American, 1% Asian.

Ps 161 Juan Ponce De Leon School ranks in the bottom 20.5% of New York elementary schools.


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