Aspire Preparatory Middle School

2441 WALLACE AVENUE
BRONX NY 10467 Map
Phone: (718) 231-6592
Admissions: No new admits
Principal: STEVEN COBB
Neighborhood: Pelham Parkway
District: 11
Grade range: 07 and 08
Parent Coordinator: IRENE ESTRADA RUKAJ

What's special:

Good attendance.

The downside:

School closing because of poor performance.

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Aspire Preparatory Middle School was opened in 2006 in the MS 135 building with the hope that several small schools would be better than the large chaotic middle school they replaced. Aspire had some good teachers and a fun, energetic tone when we visited in 2007, but it never succeeded in boosting academic performance and the Department of Education decided in 2012 to close it. Current students were permitted to stay until graduation, but no new students would be admitted.

In 2011, Aspire was placed on the list of the state’s most dangerous schools, and students told The New York Post that fights were common. When the city decided to close the school, PTA President James Wetherington complained that the DOE set it up to fail. “It's unfair you're going to shut us down,” he told WNYC. “But yet you've lacked to give us the funding to do any type of after school stuff to help these kids, you haven't shown up to give us any inspiration, any hope, any ideas.”

On the positive side, the school had a good attendance rate, as well as a partnership with Fordham University to provide tutoring, peer mediation and professional development for staff, according to the 2011 Quality Review. (Clara Hemphill, DOE statistics, news reports, June 2012))

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the former IS 135 building

Number of Students 96

Average Daily Attendance 90%

Uniforms? NA

Students at this school

Asian

  
6%

Black

  
23%

Hispanic

  
59%

White

  
10%

Free Lunch

  
85%

Special ed

  
25%

English Language Learners

  
8%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.76 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?

57% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

54% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE KIDS NICE?

How many students complain about bullying?

83% 71% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

43% 56% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

50% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

60% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

50% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

30 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students are chronically absent?

36% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

8% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

11% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

25% 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:

6% 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:

87% 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:

0% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 4% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

6% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

6% 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:

5% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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