# Archimedes Academy for Math, Science and Technology Applications

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## Review

Our review:

Like the Greek mathematician for whom their school is named, educators at Archimedes Academy for Math, Science and Technology Applications believe that given a solid footing, anyone might move the world. That philosophy has led to a combination middle school and high school where a focus on math, science and technology goes hand-in-hand with a commitment to understanding students' needs.

"Every kid’s a known quantity,” said Miriam Lazar, Archimedes’s principal and founder. That’s partly because students in the small Bronx high school often have been at Archimedes since sixth grade. But it’s also because all students join a school "house" where they remain for their academic career (a concept familiar to any *Harry Potter* fan). Each house has adult advisers who get to know eight to 15 students well, teach them proper behavior, guide them toward graduation, and generally prevent them from falling through the cracks.

Lazar said teachers watch for early signs students aren't keeping pace and quickly help them keep up. "We say graduation starts now, in ninth grade." Archimedes's staff also tries to make school fun, and as a result boasts a high attendance rate. They'd rather be here than somewhere else," Lazar said.

Lazar, a 1984 graduate of Stuyvesant High School and a former chemistry, physics and math teacher, designed Archimedes to serve students from grades 6 to 12, but students can transfer in or out before ninth grade. Fifty-five out of 108 students in the inaugural class chose to stay in 2009, Lazar said, "and another 10 or so came crawling back" after a short time in a different school.

Classroom instruction favors projects "based on research that kids learn best by doing,"Lazar said. Educators work to incorporate math, science and technology into all subjects. In one Spanish class, advanced students studied on computers while beginners worked with the teacher, then after 30 minutes the two groups switched seats. However, during our visit we observed more teachers using dry-erase boards than computerized white boards.

The school inverts the typical science sequence, teaching physics in ninth grade, followed by chemistry and then biology. Physical education options include fencing, boxing and Latin dance.

Archimedes shares the Eugene T. Maleska campus with the Women’s Academy of Excellence and Bronx Mathematics Preparatory School. The building sits in a leafy but remote area of the Bronx some 20 blocks from the nearest subway (Lazar said some students need three buses to reach campus). Parental involvement is low, and students often "come with a lot of baggage," Lazar said. The school is 60 percent male.

**Special education:** Students who qualify for special education are mainstreamed into regular classrooms, with major subjects taught by teams.

Lazar acknowledges the school is a work in progress. During a visit in early October, school bells malfunctioned, headphones had yet to arrive for some classroom computers, and most students were not yet wearing their required uniforms. However, halls and classrooms seemed orderly, and most students appeared focused and engaged. The staff is young, but Lazar is confident they will grow along with the school. We're constantly looking and tweaking and adapting,Lazar said. "We try to constantly improve."*(Skip Card, October 2010)*

## Middle InsideStats

## At a glance

Number of Students 680

Average Daily Attendance 85%

Uniforms? NA

### Students at this school

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.21 2.59 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?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGEHow many students say this school offers enough programs to keep them interested?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE### ARE KIDS NICE?

How many students complain about bullying?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGEHow many students say students at their school respect one another?

32% 49% CITYWIDE AVERAGEHow many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?

37% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE### DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

43% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGEHow many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE### ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

NA 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGEHow many students are chronically absent?

44% 23% CITYWIDE AVERAGE## Academics

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

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

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

## HS Prep

### How many 8th graders pass high school regents exams?

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

0% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGEPercent of 8th graders who take and pass a science regents:

28% 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE### How do graduates do in 9th grade?

Percent who pass all their classes freshman year:

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE## Special ed & ELL

### How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes.

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

0% 3% CITYWIDE AVERAGEPercent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGEThis school offers team teaching (ict).

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

3% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGEPercent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

0% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGEPercent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:

11% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGEPercent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

11% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE### How well does this school serve English language learners?

This school does not offer transitional bilingual education

This school does not offer dual language classes

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

0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGEPercent of former ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

NA 18% CITYWIDE AVERAGE## HS InsideStats

## At a glance

Number of Students 680

Average Daily Attendance 85%

Uniforms? Yes

Metal detectors? No

### Students at this school

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.21 2.39 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:

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGEMiddle school students doing math at grade level:

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE## Safety & vibe

### ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE### DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

64% 74% CITYWIDE AVERAGE### DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

43% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE### IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

63% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGEHow many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE### HOW IS

ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

44% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE## Who graduates

### Class of 2015

How many students graduated within 4 years?

58% 69% CITYWIDE AVERAGEHow many graduates earned an advanced regents diploma within 4 years?

0% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGEHow many students graduated within 6 years?

NA 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGEHow many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

8% 9% 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?

0%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?

14% 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGESAT reading scores

430424 | CITYWIDE AVERAGE | 495 | NATIONWIDE AVERAGE |

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

NA 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGESAT math scores

418432 | CITYWIDE AVERAGE | 511 | NATIONWIDE AVERAGE |

### Is the guidance counseling helpful?

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE## Special ed & ELL

### How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

27% 48% CITYWIDE AVERAGEHow many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

NA 57% CITYWIDE AVERAGEThis school offers team teaching and offers self-contained classes.

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGEHow many teachers say students with disabilities are included in all activities?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE### How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners graduated within 4 years?

How many English language learners graduated within 6 years?

## Programs and Admissions

Archimedes Academy for Math, Science and Technology

Limited Unscreened

## Academics

## Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: After-School Tutoring, Book Club, Hip-Hop Dance, Peer Mediation, Robotics, Saturday Academy, Science Olympiad, Student Council, Talent Show, Youth & Government

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Fencing

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Softball, Volleyball

Other schools sports: Boys: Baseball, JV Basketball; Girls: Softball, JV Volleyball; Co-ed: Cheer Stunt Team, Cross Country and Track. Currently, these teams participate in the Charter School League, Small Schools Athletic League, Brass League, Road Runners, and Mighty Milers.

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