Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation

2024 MOHEGAN AVENUE
BRONX NY 10460 Map
Phone: (718) 823-4130
Admissions: District 12
Principal: Latir Primus
Neighborhood: West Farms
District: 12
Grade range: 6-12
Parent Coordinator: Lizette Hill
Science & Math

Buses: Bx17, Bx19, Bx21, Bx36, Bx40, Bx42, Bx9, Q44

What's special:

Trips to zoos, parks and the Bronx River

The downside:

Working to improve test scores along with discipline

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

UA School for Wildlife Conservation, sometimes dubbed the "zoo school" for its work with the Bronx Zoo, aims to nudge kids in the direction of careers in science by getting them outside exploring the world.

Students leave the building at least once a month to explore parks, zoos and aquariums. They monitor the water quality in the Bronx River, plant trees in Van Cortland Park and help out in a community garden. The school offers electives in marine biology and environmental science.

Many students come in with low skills and test scores have a ways to go. Those who lag behind can get extra support in the extended day program. 

Once on a list of schools with the most suspensions in the city, teachers have learned strategies for curbing bad behavior, through their work with a group called Turnaround for Children. The school has seen a dramatic change in satisfaction rates among students, teachers and parents on surveys provided by the city.

See the chess club, and samples of student photography on the school's website. [photo at right from the website]

Long-time principal Mark Ossenheimer has had many years of experience in education, including three years as principal of Wildwood School in Los Angeles, which follows a "learning by doing" model.

The school is housed in PS 67. Urban Assembly is a non-profit group that helps create college prep schools in under-served neighborhoods.

Admissions: Limited unscreened, priority to Bronx residents (Lydie Raschka, web reports and DOE data, November 2013)

Middle InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares a building with PS 67

Number of Students 552

Average Daily Attendance 89%

Uniforms? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
3%

Black

  
22%

Hispanic

  
71%

White

  
3%

Free Lunch

  
100%

Special ed

  
21%

English Language Learners

  
11%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.64 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?

61% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

71% 78% 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?

56% 57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

86% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

100% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

94% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

23 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students are chronically absent?

31% 24% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

16% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

19% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

57% 53% 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% 21% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 14% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How do graduates do in 9th grade?

Percent who pass all their classes freshman year:

83% 85% 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 state math exam:

0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 4% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

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

0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares a building with PS 67

Number of Students 552

Average Daily Attendance 89%

Uniforms? Yes

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
3%

Black

  
22%

Hispanic

  
71%

White

  
3%

Free Lunch

  
100%

Special ed

  
21%

English Language Learners

  
11%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.24 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:

2% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Middle school students doing math at grade level:

2% 24% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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?

61% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

100% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

80% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

86% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

31% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many students graduated within 4 years?

NA 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

NA 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many students graduated within 4 years?

NA 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

NA 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

NA 11% 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?

5%

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

16%

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

6%

Are students ready for college?

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

NA 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

NA
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 62% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

NA
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?

72% 76% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

NA 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

NA 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners graduated within 4 years?

40% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners graduated within 6 years?

58% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

  1. Priority to continuing 8th graders
  2. Then to Bronx students or residents who attend an information session
  3. Then to New York City residents who attend an information session
  4. Then to Bronx students or residents
  5. Then to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation

Limited Unscreened

Academics

AP COURSES: Calculus AB, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, Studio Art: Drawing

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Phipps After-school Program - Dance, Step, Spoken Word, College Access; Boys Basketball, Flag Football, Girls Volleyball, Chess, Yearbook, Mentoring Program, Leadership Program, Fordham STEP Program, Bronx Zoo Future Leaders Program

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Volleyball

Other schools sports: Boys: Basketball,Flag Football, Fitness, Martial Arts Girls: Volleyball, Fitness, Martial Arts

Source: High school directory

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