District 9 Vision

Community School District 9 will foster a safe, supportive, and culturally responsive community where every student thrives civically and academically and is college and career ready.

District 9 Mission

Community School District 9 will collaborate with all stakeholders to create supportive, accelerated, and diverse learning experiences and build strong school-community ties for every student and family.


Harry Sherman, Superintendent Dr. Jasmin Varela, Deputy Superintendent • Anthony Rivera, Deputy Superintendent 1245 Washington Avenue Bronx, NY 10456 • PHONE: (718) 579-7143 • FAX: (718) 410-7017

September 2023-2024 School Reopening

  • P.S. 53X Town Hall

    Information for parents via a Town Hall October 19th, 2022

    Información para padres a través de un Ayuntamiento 19 de octubre de 2022

    Here are our talking points in case you were unable to attend, or may have missed something.

    P.S. 53X - The Basheer Quisim School
  • First Grade Publishing Celebration!

    First Grade Authors!

    First grade authors deserve a celebration for their hard work in publishing their narrative piece.

    Friday October 7th, 2022 is our exciting and first Author's First Grade Celebration.

    Students are encouraged to dress up for this celebration.

    Celebrations will be held in your child's first grade classroom. You can join us in person or virtually. 8:30am - 9:20am

    Donations of snack or drink are welcome.

    P.S. 53X - The Basheer Quisim School
  • Welcome

    Dear Parents/Guardians,


    We trust you and your family are well.  It was a pleasure to see several of our remote and blended learning students and families who attended the open houses held in June 2021. 


    School is slated to re-open in September 2021 for children in Grades 3K-5, here at P.S. 53X.  The first day of school for children will be September 13, 2021. 


    Currently, all students are expected to return to the physical  building for school, Monday through Friday.  There is no remote learning option. 


    We missed having all of our students and are certainly looking forward to seeing everyone in September.  Continue to take safety measures and precautions, as we count the weeks and days remaining before we see each other as customary.



    P.S. 53X Administration and Staff


    P.S. 53X - The Basheer Quisim School
  • A Message to Families on the First Day of School from Chancellor David C. Banks: September 8, 2022

    Welcome to the 2022–2023 school year!

    As the father of four children, I still remember the excitement of September and my kids’ jitters over what the new school year would bring. Would they like their teachers? Would it be easy to make new friends? Would they do well in their classes? I reassured them that the adults in their school would cherish them as much as I did at home.

    Now, as I prepare to experience my first “first day of school” as Chancellor, I am grateful for you and for our educators, who are as excited as I am to welcome your children back. I also appreciate that in sending your children into our classrooms, you are placing great trust in us—trust that we will challenge your children intellectually so they can live out their wildest dreams. Trust that we will keep them safe and help them grow as human beings. Trust that they will graduate with a pathway to a rewarding career and enjoy long-term economic security. Trust that we will teach your children how to be a positive force for change in our world.

    I am committed to doing all of this—and more.

    My team and I have spent the summer reimagining the student experience so that it better serves your children. Literacy, which is the foundational building block of all learning, will be a major focus this school year. We are transforming how we teach reading by implementing a high-quality, phonics-based literacy program in all elementary schools. We are extending learning beyond the four walls of the classroom, offering students regular visits to local museums, parks, and all the incredible resources our great city has to offer. At the same time, we are improving students’ digital learning experiences.

    This year, we are also offering more of the learning opportunities you have requested, enhancing the way we serve all children. This includes an increase in Community Schools, Gifted & Talented programs, bilingual education programs, and programs to improve long-term academic outcomes for students with disabilities. Wellness and its role in student success is another priority you’ll be hearing more about.

    I can’t write to families without recognizing you as the lifeblood of our school communities and our true partners in your child’s education. Be on the lookout for improved ways to access the information and support you need to help your children succeed. This will include expanded language access supports for families who speak languages other than English and more opportunities for us to work together.

    Thank you for choosing NYC Public Schools. I know that there have been challenges, and I hope you agree that our schools stand ready to put all children on the path to the bright, bold futures they deserve. I encourage you to visit schools.nyc.gov/bts2022 to find the most up-to-date information about the new school year.

    As always, I am honored to partner with you to better serve our children. I truly believe that the best is yet to come. So, let’s get the 2022–2023 school year started!

    P.S. 53X - The Basheer Quisim School
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Technology has been integrated into our curricula to enhance students' experience, here at P.S. 53X.  Our aim is to prepare our students to meet the demands of the 21st century.  Each room is equipped with a smartboard. In tandem, there are several laptop carts made available on each floor for individual class usage.  We also have a technology lab, where students are able to further explore, research and build their repertoire of technological skills.



Our students receive standards-based instruction in the various content areas - English Language Arts, Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Music, Technology and Physical Education.  Our teachers work collaboratively to design rigorous units of studies in order to stimulate our students' interests and to develop their critical and analytical skills.


The following partnerships have been established to enhance the educational experiences of our students and develop well-rounded individuals: Boy Scouts of America, City Harvest, Music and the Brain, and Wellness in the Schools (WITS).

Extracurricular Activities

We offer various extracurricular and enrichment activities to our students through extended day programs such as:

  • After School Enrichment Academy
  • Early Morning ELL Academy
  • Saturday Academy
  • Cheerleading
  • Basketball
  • Young Ladies' Foundation