William Cullen Bryant High School

48-10 31 AVENUE
QUEENS NY 11103 Map
Phone: (718) 721-5404
Website: Click here
Admissions: Zoned/selective programs
Principal: Namita Dwarka
Neighborhood: Astoria/ LI City
District: 30
Grade range: 9-12
Science & Math
Law & Government
Zoned

Buses: Q101, Q104, Q18, Q66

What's special:

Wide variety of extra-curricular activities and many sports teams

The downside:

Many graduates need remedial courses in college

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

William Cullen Bryant is a large, comprehensive high school with academic programs in business, math and science research, humanities, and law. It offers students a nice selection of electives, sports and extra-curricular activities, but faces tough challenges including low graduation rates and many students arriving ill-prepared for high school work. Bryant has many recent immigrants and English language learners.


In 2011, the Department of Education (DOE) identified Bryant as a low performing school. Rather than close the school, the DOE chose to reorganize it into small learning communities and appoint a new principal, Namita Dwarka who is a graduate of Bryant and a former assistant principal of Art and Design High School. A year later the DOE changed course, deciding to close Bryant at the end of 2011-12 and then reopen in it in September 2012 under a new name, headed by Dwarka but removing half the staff. Legal action against the city put those plans on hold so Bryant remains open, keeping its name and much of its faculty.


Staff interviewed at the high school fair said that Bryant is much calmer since the reorganization. However there are some tensions between administration and staff over Dwarka’s efforts to remove teachers she considered inadequate. Responses to the Learning Environment Survey show that half the faculty supports Dwarka and half find her ineffective. Students and staff say the school is safe and it has no metal detectors.


Bryant is organized into six academies. Most 9th-graders enroll in the freshman academy designed to help ease students’ transition to high school. Freshmen Academy students attend daily advisory classes that focus on developing social and study skills. Starting in 10th grade, students enroll in one of the four themed programs. Recent immigrants who are learning English enroll in the Newcomers Academy that has dedicated classes for English language learners in all subjects.

 

Advanced Placement Courses are offered in calculus (AB and BC), chemistry, physics, English, Spanish and both American and global history. Students may take classes for college credit at La Guardia Community College. Law Academy students may also take classes at John Jay College.

 

There are many sports teams and a nice selection of activities such as the literary magazine, math research, Model UN, mock trial as well as cultural-themed options including African-American, Arab, Greek, Nepali and Tibetan clubs.   Bryant is particularly strong in the performing arts with several bands and choirs, a dance company and drama club.

 

“The opportunities are endless and you meet new people when you get involved in extra-curriculars,” said a 10th-grader.

 

Special education: The school offers a range of special education services, including "self-contained" classes (students with special needs only) and team teaching" classes, which mix general education and special education students.

 

College admissions: Most graduates who attend college enroll in CUNY and SUNY schools. Many must take remedial courses at CUNY because of low scores on Regents exams, SATs or college prep course.

 

Admissions: Zoned students have priority admissions to the school, but not to a specific themed program. Queens residents have priority consideration for the themed programs. Students must meet additional criteria for admissions that vary by program. (Laura Zingmond, statistics and interviews at high school fair, January, 2013).

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 2627

Average Daily Attendance 89%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
28%

Black

  
6%

Hispanic

  
49%

White

  
16%

Free Lunch

  
71%

Special ed

  
13%

English Language Learners

  
19%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.44 2.40 CITYWIDE AVERAGE


1 = Far below grade level 2 = Below grade level 3 = At grade level 4 = Above grade level

Safety & vibe

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

31 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

54% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

41% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

How many students say they feel safe in hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?

73% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?

48% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

26% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2014

How many students graduated within 4 years?

69% 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

72% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many students graduated within 4 years?

66% 65% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates earned an advanced regents diploma within 4 years?

17% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

68% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

14% 10% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

College prep

Does this school offer a college preparatory curriculum?

How many students took an AP or IB class and scored at least a "3" on the AP exam or a "4" on the IB exam?

11%

How Many Students took a College Course and Got a "C" or Higher?

23%

How many students passed a Regents exam for algebra 2, physics or chemistry?

30%

Are students ready for college?

How many students graduated in four years with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?

33% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

430
418 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 497 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated in four years and enrolled in college?

56% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

469
426 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 513 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

Is the guidance counseling helpful?

How many students say that this school provides helpful counseling on college or job-seeking?

61% 76% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

38% 47% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

38% 54% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students with disabilities spend most of the day with non-disabled peers?

48% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say students with disabilities are included in all activities?

78% 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners graduated within 4 years?

37% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners graduated within 6 years?

56% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

  1. Priority to Queens students or residents
  2. Then to New York City residents
  3. For Zoned Program only: Guaranteed offer to students who apply and live in the zoned area.

Source: High school directory

Forensic Science and Law Institute

Screened

Students will be introduced to forensic and legal processes of criminalistics. Cases of crimes and law enforcement will be studied. Courses will begin in the 9th grade and will continue with the newest techniques in forensics, ballistics, handwriting analysis, applied law, and technology.

Selection Criteria

  • English (70-100) , Social Studies (70-100)
  • Math Levels: Levels 2-4 ; English Language Arts Levels: Levels 2-4

There may be additional selection criteria, see the High School Directory for more information

Math and Science Institute

Screened

Focusing on studentsï¾’ development of math and science research techniques, and critical & analytical thinking skills. Students will engage in individual projects, competitions, and trips to colleges and university research seminars.

Selection Criteria

  • English (85-100) , Math (85-100) , Science (85-100)
  • Math Levels: Levels 3-4 ; English Language Arts Levels: Levels 3-4

There may be additional selection criteria, see the High School Directory for more information

Zoned

Zoned

Academics

AP COURSES: Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, English Literature and Composition, European History, Physics B, Spanish Language and Culture, Spanish Literature and Culture, United States Government and Politics, United States History, World History

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Bryant Volunteers, Shakespeare Oratory, Writing, 3 Choruses, All-City High School Choir, Arista National Honor Society, Band, Baseball, Bengali Club, Bryant Alumni Crew, Bryant Clipper, Bryant Theatre Company, Dance Company, Dances, Dramatic and Musical Comedy Productions, Gay-Straight Alliance, Indian Club, Jazz Band/ Concert Band, Law Program, Leadership Class, Marching Band & Concert Band, Math and Science Fair, Math Teams, Mediation-Conflict Resolution, Mock Trial, Model UN, Moot Court, MOUSE Squad, Multicultural Club, Nepali Club, New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA), Peer Tutoring, Photography, Recitals, Science Research, Seasonal Concerts, Student Government, Muslim Club, Bollywood Club, Horticultural

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball & JV Baseball, Basketball & JV Basketball, Bowling, Cricket, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball & JV Volleyball

Source: High school directory

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