Academy for Social Action: A College Board School

509 WEST 129 STREET
MANHATTAN NY 10027 Map
Phone: (212) 234-3102
Website: Click here
Admissions: Citywide
Principal: Rhokeisha Ford
Neighborhood: Harlem
District:5
Grade range: 8-12
Humanities & Interdisciplinary
Citywide

Buses: BX15, BX33, M10, M100, M101, M104, M11, M3, M4, M5

What's special:

School plans to offer certificate in digital media

The downside:

Kids complain of fights and bullying

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Opened in 2007, the Academy for Social Action is designed to offer a demanding college-prep curriculum but has struggled to maintain an orderly atmosphere where children can learn.

Students complain of fights and bullying; nearly one-third say they don’t feel safe in class and more than half say they don’t feel safe on the property outside the school, according to the Learning Environment Survey. In one incident that made the newspapers, a girl sprayed mace into a classroom, sending nine students to the hospital. Ninety percent of teachers responding to the survey said they mistrust the principal and think she is an ineffective manager.

On the positive side, the school won a grant to buy Smartboards and computers as part of the principal’s plan to start a Career and Technical Education program that would offer a certificate in digital media. Staff make themselves available to help students. “Students are motivated to attend school even when they are experiencing a personal problem because they know they can talk to a teacher or staff person if they need to during the school day,” according to a Department of Education report called a quality review.

The school was founded in partnership with the College Board, the not-for-profit group that administrators the SAT, PSAT, and Advanced Placement program. Students are encouraged to take Advanced Placement courses and take part in community activities and internships.

Admissions: limited unscreened. (Clara Hemphill, news reports and DOE statistics, September 2012)

Middle InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with 3 other schools

Number of Students 309

Average Daily Attendance 75%

Uniforms? NA

Students at this school

Asian

  
0%

Black

  
52%

Hispanic

  
45%

White

  
2%

Free Lunch

  
81%

Special ed

  
26%

English Language Learners

  
18%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.48 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% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

49% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE KIDS NICE?

How many students complain about bullying?

77% 71% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

47% 57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

29% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

29% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

33% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

18 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students are chronically absent?

62% 24% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 math exam

2% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ela exam

0% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 science exam

16% 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:

4% 21% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

4% 14% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How do graduates do in 9th grade?

Percent who pass all their classes freshman year:

74% 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 2014 math exam:

0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

NA 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 math exam:

0% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

0% 4% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 math exam:

0% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 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 2014 ELA exam:

NA 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of former ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

NA 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with 3 other schools

Number of Students 309

Average Daily Attendance 75%

Uniforms? Yes

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
0%

Black

  
52%

Hispanic

  
45%

White

  
2%

Free Lunch

  
81%

Special ed

  
26%

English Language Learners

  
18%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.50 2.80 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

21 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

55% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

29% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

72% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

29% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

62% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

59% 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

89% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

39% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

NA 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

6% 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?

0%

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

11%

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

11%

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?

17% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

392
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2009 freshmen graduated in four years and enrolled in college?

75%

SAT math scores

405
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?

73% 76% 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?

7% 45% 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?

100% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

67% 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

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

40% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

58% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

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

Source: High school directory

Academy for Social Action: A College Board School

Limited Unscreened

Academics

AP COURSES: Art History, Calculus AB, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, United States History

Online: N/A

Language classes: Spanish

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Digital Video Production, Step Team, Student Government, Book Club, Sports and Arts Foundation

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: N/A

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: N/A

Other schools sports: Boys Varsity Basketball, Girls Varsity Softball, Road Runners Club, Yoga

Source: High school directory

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