Yalow’s students come from all over the Bronx, some traveling almost 9 miles one way to get to the school. They come from the far north, the far east, far south, and a concentration around the school area—forming a triangle from the school up to Coop City and then down to Hunts Point.
Among our 374 students, 68% of our students are self-reported as Hispanic, with 31% as African or African-American. Of particular note, 193 students (51.5%) come from households that speak languages other than English at home, primarily Spanish (44.8%), although others speak Bengali, French, Fulani, Hausa, Mandinka, Soninke, Slovak, Twi, and Wolof at home. Despite the large number of non-English-speaking families, only 101 (27%) of our K-3 students are English-language learners. In fact, after extensive work with our Response to Intervention (RTI) team, 30 of 44 newly enrolled students in 2016 successfully passed the 2017 NYSESLAT (New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test) exam and no longer require intensive English support services.
Additionally, 68 (18%) of our K-3 students have individualized education plans (IEPs), and 4 students have been referred to the committee on special education for evaluation to determine eligibility for services.
Over 95% (356) are eligible for free- or reduced-price lunches, while 52 (13.9)% of student families live in non-traditional housing.
We are committed to providing a quality educational experience for all our scholars that will prepare them for college and careers.