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P.S. 25 Bilingual School

Grades: 3-K, Pre-K, K-5
811 East 149 Street
Bronx NY 10455
Phone: 718-292-2995

Our Insights

What’s Special

Energetic prinicipal at the city's first bilingual school; a special focus on science

The Downside

Still working to bring up achievement for English language learners

The first Spanish and English bilingual school in the city, PS 25 uses hands-on science lessons to teach children English. Children learn English vocabulary and science concepts in the school's Exploration Center, which has bearded dragons, turtles, fish, a mini-greenhouse and artifacts from around the world. 

Principal Carmen Toledo took the helm in 2008 and quickly brought order and consistency to a school which had poor attendance and no coherent philosophy of instruction. In the past, many teachers gave Spanish lessons without a clear vision of how to also teach children in English. 

Parents may now choose English-only classes, transitional bilingual (in which children gradually move from Spanish to English-only lessons) or dual language classes (in which they learn to be fluent in both English and Spanish.) Children who have been in a bilingual class without making adequate progress in English receive instruction from a licensed English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher, who offers lessons in English only.

Despite better attendance and achievement, Toledo acknowledges that she and her teachers have more work to do: “We’re still low in terms of meeting state standards,” she said. “We’re the highest percent in this community, but we’re still all in the bottom. It’s devastating but it’s an eye opener: we all have our work cut out for us.” 

What gives her hope is the way her teachers are motivated to “do their own learning.” They know, for example, that a big challenge they face is to encourage English language learners to speak up more in class, to improve their writing, to ask questions and to build their vocabulary. 

To achieve this, teachers provide language lessons through the lens of science and social studies. Kids take field trips to the botanical gardens, the American Museum of Natural History, the Bronx Zoo and the Sony Wonder Technology Lab. They read nonfiction books and science magazines. Not content to show children pictures of the natural world on Smartboards and in textbooks (although they do that too), teachers bring in live specimens. While some lessons are dry - gluing pre-cut leaves onto pre-cut trees in kindergarten to learn about the seasons - others come, literally, to life, like a project in which kids took cuttings and seeds to propagate spider plants. 

Every week students visit the Exploration Center on the first floor, a neatly organized room packed with insects, rocks and minerals, skulls, shells, plants and more. Jackie Garcia, an ESL teacher who serves more like a science guru for the whole school, helped set-up the center with other staff, based on Toledo’s dream “to push learning to the next level.” Although the center looks like a museum, it’s very hands-on, and Garcia said she doesn’t like to label everything because she wants children to “think and ask.” 

Technology is equally important for English language learners according to Toledo and so she has attempted to extend the benefits of a technology grant, that has since ended, by hiring one of the grant’s trainers to serve as the school’s multi-media teacher. On the day of our visit he was using words like “browser” and “Google Chrome” to orient second graders to the computers.

PS 74 uses the Go Math books recommended by the city and teachers also use elements of Everyday Math, which they used for many years. A math coach visits once a week, and there is a standalone writing teacher for grades 2-5. 

Admissions: Children zoned for PS 161 or PS 25 may choose either school. Parents living in District 7 who prefer bilingual education for their children may choose PS 25. (Lydie Raschka, September 2013). 



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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
86% Citywide Average

From the 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
0% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
86% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From the New York State 2021 -22 Assessment Database

How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
40% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
42% Citywide Average

What is the Pre-K like?

From the NYC Program Assessment (CLASS and ECERS-R) Database through 2019-2020

Instruction: Teachers ask kids to explain their reasoning when they solve problems
Activities: Children explore art, music, sand/water, dramatic play and more
Language: Teachers talk and listen to kids in a supportive way
Interaction: Teachers ask kids good questions and invite back-and-forth conversation

Who does this school serve?

From the 2022-23 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners
Pre-K seats
3-K seats

From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
92% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
26% Citywide Average

From the 2020 School Directories

This school offers Transitional Bilingual Education in Spanish.
This school offers Dual Language classes in Spanish.

How does this school serve special populations?

From the New York State 2021 -22 Assessment Database

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
28% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
22% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
28% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
17% Citywide Average

For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Contact & Location


Longwood (District 7)
Trains: 6 Line to East 149th St; 2 Line, 5 Line to Jackson Ave
Buses: Bx17, Bx19, Bx4, Bx46


Carmen Toledo-Guerrero
Parent Coordinator
Dorothy Gutierrez

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?

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