Bread and Roses Integrated Arts High School

6 EDGECOMBE AVENUE
MANHATTAN NY 10030 Map
Phone: (212) 926-4152
Website: Click here
Admissions: No new admits
Principal: RODNEY LOFTON
Neighborhood: Harlem
District: 5
Grade range: 09 thru 12
Parent Coordinator: JACQUELINE WHITE

What's special:

Thoughtful, experienced principal

The downside:

Closing because of poor performance

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

JUNE 2013 UPDATE: Bread and Roses Integrated Arts High School is being phased out and replaced after years of poor performance. No new students were admitted in September 2013, and the phase-out will be completed in June 2016. The DOE has proposed to open and co-locate a new school in the building that would grow to serve grades 6-12.

JULY 2012 REVIEW: Founded in 1997 as an alternative to Harlem’s traditional schools, Bread and Roses High School has undergone wrenching changes in philosophy, rapid turnover of leadership and even confusion over whether it will stay open.

The Department of Education twice considered closing it for poor performance—once in 2010 and again in 2012—but it managed to stay open both times. In July 2012, a judge ordered the city not to go forward with its plan to remove half the staff and rename the school—a decision that came after many teachers had been told to find work elsewhere.

The school has struggled for years to maintain order and discipline. Attendance is poor and the graduation rate is low. It has had three principals since 2009.

On the positive side, Rodney Lofton, named principal in March 2011, is an experienced educator with a degree from Columbia University. He was formerly superintendent of schools in Trenton, N J. Colleagues describe him as “soft-spoken, thoughtful and smart.”

The school was founded by progressive educator Carol Foresta. Its name comes from the rallying cry of striking textile workers in Lawrence, MA, in 1911, who are reported to have said: “We want bread, but we want roses too.” Over the years, the school has become more traditional, with Regents prep replacing the projects and oral exams it once had. Students wear khaki pants and a burgundy polo shirt.

Admissions: The school offers open houses in November. Admission is according to the educational option formula designed to ensure a mix of students of different abilities. Most incoming students are low-performing, although the school offers an honors progrm. (Clara Hemphill, interviews, July 2012)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the former IS 136 Building

Number of Students 274

Average Daily Attendance 75%

Uniforms? Yes

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
0%

Black

  
53%

Hispanic

  
46%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
80%

Special ed

  
29%

English Language Learners

  
20%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.40 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

14 24 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

55% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

66% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

74% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

43% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

66% 34% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

33% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

54% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

42% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

60% 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

16% 12% 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?

3%

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

0%

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?

2% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

349
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

36%

SAT math scores

342
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?

64% 75% 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?

17% 44% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students starting school in 2006 graduated within 6 years?

33% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

50% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

84% 88% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

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

38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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