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Serving many Spanish-speaking children still learning English, Entrada Academy opened in 2008 with a “communications” theme, according to the middle school directory. The Spanish word “entrada” means “entry.”
Jazmin Rivera-Polanco took them helm in 2013, replacing former principal Socorro Diaz. Polanco was assistant principal of Bronx Haven High School and has a degree from Bank Street College of Education.
Students wear a white shirt with a burgundy logo and gray pants. Children meet in small weekly “advisory” groups for extra academic, social and emotional support.
According to the school’s yearly plan, workshops for families are geared to assist new immigrants, and they include information on housing, family crisis intervention, immigrant services and homelessness prevention.
Transitional bilingual classes on each grade are designed to help children ease into a new language. Lessons are taught in Spanish until they are ready to be learn in English in all subjects. High numbers of children still learning English and who have special needs may account for the school’s low test scores.
Entrada shares the building with IS 217 School of Performing Arts and South Bronx Classical Charter. All children must pass through a metal detector each morning.
Special Education: The school offers “self-contained” classes for children with special needs only, and support services inside and outside of regular classes.
Admissions: Neighborhood school (Lydie Raschka, web reports, October 2013)
At a glance
Number of Students 292
Average Daily Attendance 91%
INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.29 2.60 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Safety & vibe
DO STUDENTS LIKE THE SCHOOL?
How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?67% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many students say this school offers enough programs to keep them interested?78% 81% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
ARE KIDS NICE?
How many students complain about bullying?30% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many students say students at their school respect one another?52% 61% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?57% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?91% 85% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?48% 85% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
ARE CLASSES BIG?
Number of students in an average english class22 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many students are chronically absent?34% 24% CITYWIDE AVERAGE