Bronx Early College Academy for Teaching & Learning

An Insideschools pick

250 EAST 164 STREET
BRONX NY 10456 Map
Phone: (718) 681-8287
Website: Click here
Admissions: unscreened/priority to Districts 9 & 10
Principal: Yvette Rivera
Neighborhood: South Bronx
District: 9
Grade range: 06 thru 12
Parent Coordinator: MYRNA FELIX

Buses: BX1, BX13, BX32, BX35, BX41, BX6

What's special:

Focused and driven students; strong parent involvement; cheerful tone.

The downside:

The school is still working to improve literacy among high school students.

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Bronx Early College Academy (BECA) is a bright and cheerful middle- and high school with an unusual program that allows its high school students to take classes at Lehman College. The students we observed were well behaved and eager to learn. Teachers kept students engaged, encouraging them to participate in class discussions and to work in small groups.

Walls and classrooms are brightly-lit and freshly painted. Bulletin boards and signs display the school’s message of hard work, and samples of outstanding student work are prominently displayed around the school.

BECA shares a building with Grant Avenue Elementary School, and a middle school, Science and Technology Academy: A Mott Hall School. The three schools' principals work together to build a tight-knit community: For example, some BECA high school students read with youngsters from the elementary school.

Select BECA ninth and 10th graders get a taste of college in a humanities class conducted on the Lehman College campus. They meet twice a week with a Lehman professor.  Because many students read below grade level, they meet twice a week with literacy specialists who help them improve their skills enough to tackle the challenging books in the course. Classes are small, about 18 students, and students sit in a circle discussing books such as To Kill a Mockingbird, selections of Plato’s Republic, and Junot Diaz’s Drown. The year-long course for BECA students is similar to the semester-long introductory course for all Lehman College freshmen. BECA students in the class said they did more than two hours of homework a night.

Starting in middle school, all BECA students are expected to read at home for 30 minutes a night. They are required to attend a Saturday Academy as well as after school program three days per week until 4:20 pm. Many also attend optional clubs until 5:50 pm. To encourage good behavior and perfect attendance, the students participate in Project BECA, which rewards students who behaved exceptionally well with fun trips every six to eight weeks.

The school offers a range of clubs and activities, including track, debate, dance groups, writing workshops, 2 CHAMPS sports, guitar club and a chorus. Students interested in medical careers also enjoy "Doc's Club" led by a volunteer was dean of Cornell Medical School. Students study diseases and visit research laboratories in the city to talk with research doctors.

Special education: The school offers self-contained and Collaborative Team Teaching (CTT) classrooms, and students may spend part of the day in each setting. We observed students in both, and found them to be alert, attentive and engaged. English language learners spend part of the day in ESL classes.

Admission: There are no admissions requirements. Priority goes to students in district 9 and 10 who attend an open house. (Tom Jacobs, October 2010. Updated May 2013 to reflect change in school leadership.)

Middle InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the former IS 166 building

Number of Students 508

Average Daily Attendance 88%

Uniforms? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
3%

Black

  
32%

Hispanic

  
63%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
91%

Special ed

  
16%

English Language Learners

  
10%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.61 2.80 CITYWIDE AVERAGE


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

Safety & vibe

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

55% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students say this school offers enough programs to keep them interested?

63% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE KIDS NICE?

How many students complain about bullying?

68% 71% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students say students at their school respect one another?

44% 56% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

75% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

68% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

72% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

23 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students are chronically absent?

44% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam

3% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ela exam

8% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 science exam

26% 51% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS Prep

How many 8th graders pass high school regents exams?

Percent of 8th graders who take and pass the algebra regents:

0% 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 8th graders who take and pass a science regents:

0% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How do graduates do in 9th grade?

Percent who pass all their classes freshman year:

93% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:

0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

0% 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:

NA 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

NA 4% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:

0% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

0% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

Percent of ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

0% 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of former ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

0% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the former IS 166 building

Number of Students 508

Average Daily Attendance 88%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
3%

Black

  
32%

Hispanic

  
63%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
91%

Special ed

  
16%

English Language Learners

  
10%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.90 2.80 CITYWIDE AVERAGE


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

Middle school students reading at grade level:

9% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Middle school students doing math at grade level:

4% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Safety & vibe

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

24 24 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

55% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

68% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

76% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

75% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

44% 34% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

94% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

NA 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many -4 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

NA 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen earned an advanced regents diploma within 4 years?

NA 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many -6 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

NA 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

NA 12% 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?

0%

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

55%

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

23%

Are students ready for college?

How many 2009 freshmen graduated in four years with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?

40% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

425
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

How many 0 freshmen graduated in four years and enrolled in college?

NA

SAT math scores

428
425 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 514 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

Is the guidance counseling helpful?

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

74% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students starting school in 2008 graduated within 4 years?

NA 44% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students starting school in 2006 graduated within 6 years?

NA 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

73% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

82% 88% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners starting school in 2008 graduated within 4 years?

38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners starting school in 2006 graduated within 6 years?

57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

  1. Priority to continuing 8th graders
  2. Then to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

Bronx Early College Academy

Screened

Selection Criteria

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

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

Academics

AP COURCES: N/A

Online: N/A

Language classes: French, Spanish

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: After-school Club Day, Bronx Arts Ensemble, Bronx Works, Chess, Creative Connections, Debate, Learning Leaders, MOUSE Squad, Peer Tutoring Program, Service Club, Student Government, Studio Arts, The Leadership Program

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: N/A

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: N/A

Other schools sports: Baseball, Basketball, Flag Football, Track and Field, Volleyball

Source: High school directory

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