Bronxdale High School

925 ASTOR AVENUE
BRONX NY 10469 Map
Phone: (718) 944-3655
Website: Click here
Principal: Carolyne Quintana
Neighborhood: Williamsbridge
District:11
Grade range: 9-11
Parent Coordinator: Carolyne Quintana
Humanities & Interdisciplinary
New School

Buses: BX12, BX12-SBS, BX26, BX39, BX8

What's special:

Small class sizes; lots of projects in all subjects.

The downside:

Not enough instruction time or homework.

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Bronxdale High School opened in 2011 with the idea that students learn best in all subjects by engaging in projects. The school opened with 100 ninth graders in 2011 and will expand by one grade each year until it serves students in grades 9 to 12.

The school has a non-traditional structure, and classes are small and limited to 20 students. Classes are scheduled into blocks with each content area meeting for 90 minutes every other day. ELA (including ESL) meets every day for 90 minutes. Principal Carolyne Quintana told us that the longer class periods allow students to work with their teachers to generate questions, experiment, conduct research, participate in Socratic seminar discussions, and do lots of writing.

Students spend the rest of their day in "project time," working on projects that are assigned to them in each of their core subjects. Teachers supervise the project time and meet with students individually to monitor their progress, but for the most part students work independently or in small groups. When we visited, students recently completed a debate project for English class, a memoir project and one involving functions for math.

It seems, however, that there may not be enough teacher led instruction taking place for students to learn their core subjects. Students rarely have homework and many are unaccustomed to independent work and struggle with time management of projects. "It was challenging because I've never been in a project-based school," one student said.

Despite the school's challenges, we observed teachers in classes who seemed enthusiastic about their lessons. Their upbeat attitude carried over to students, many of whom raised their hands and participated readily. Transitions were, for the most part, smooth, although some students loitered in the halls, having left their project time classes early.

To help students needing extra support, Bronxdale has added specific programs for those students reading below grade level; Junior Great Books and SpringBoard. For those students reading at or above grade level, the College Board's pre-AP English program is available.

Bronxdale shares space with several small high schools inside the Christopher Columbus High School Campus building. All campus schools share use of the cafeteria, library, gym, auditorium and culinary arts room. Student must pass through metal detectors to enter the building.

Students can participate in campus-wide sports teams and orchestras. Students attend an advisory class every other day to discuss issues ranging from bullying to the college process and career choices. Additionally, the school offers a culinary course, which has added options for certification; students who complete the requirements of the course may also apply CTE credits toward an advanced Regents diploma.

Special education: There are ICT (Integrated Collaborative Teaching) classes in the core content areas. Advisors also give individual attention to special education students. English language learners get extra support during project time.

Admissions: Priority to Bronx students or residents who attend an information session. (Nikki Dowling, May 2012)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

Christopher Columbus Educational Campus

Number of Students 332

Average Daily Attendance 86%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
3%

Black

  
29%

Hispanic

  
58%

White

  
8%

Free Lunch

  
86%

Special ed

  
22%

English Language Learners

  
6%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.70 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

19 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

51% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

77% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

76% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

44% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

38% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of

How many -4 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

NA 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many -6 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

NA 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many -4 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

NA 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many -6 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

NA 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen 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?

0%

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

NA

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

NA

Are students ready for college?

How many -4 freshmen 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 0 freshmen graduated in four years and enrolled in college?

NA

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?

75% 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?

NA 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?

92% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

65% 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 Bronx students or residents who attend an information session
  2. Then to New York City residents who attend an information session
  3. Then to Bronx students or residents
  4. Then to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

Bronxdale High School

Limited Unscreened

Academics

AP COURSES: Biology, English Language and Composition, United States History

Online: N/A

Language classes: Spanish, Spanish Native Language Arts

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Student Government, Drama, Dance, STEP, Symphonic Band

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball & JV Baseball, Basketball & JV Basketball, Bowling, Football & JV Football, Golf, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Gymnastics, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball & JV Volleyball

Other schools sports: N/A

Source: High school directory

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