South Bronx Preparatory: A College Board School

360 EAST 145 STREET
BRONX NY 10454 Map
Phone: (718) 292-2211
Website: Click here
Admissions: District 7 priority/Ed Opt in H.S
Principal: Ellen Flanagan
Neighborhood: South Bronx
District: 7
Grade range: 6-12
Parent Coordinator: Taneesha Crawford
Humanities & Interdisciplinary

Buses: Bx1, Bx15, Bx17, Bx19, Bx2, Bx21, Bx32, Bx33, Bx4, Bx41, Bx41-SBS, Bx4A

What's special:

A small, supportive school; special ed students learn to take charge of disabilities in order to progress academically

The downside:

Low parent engagement, kids not exposed to college prep until 11th grade

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

South Bronx Preparatory: A College Board School, founded in 2004 to replace the unruly junior high school MS 149, has managed to change both behavior and expectations for students in its community.

Located a short walk from the high traffic shopping “Hub,” South Bronx Prep provides refuge in a historically depressed and socially stressed neighborhood. The school shares a building with MS 223, inhabiting the first floor and part of the second. Both principals describe their working relationship as “excellent” and administrators commonly share resources.

South Bronx Prep provides a supportive environment for students, most of whom come from three nearby housing projects. Many students enter needing special services and are performing below grade level. The school’s efforts with these children are particularly noteworthy. On the day of our visit a number of students introduced themselves and their paraprofessionals (classroom aides) without embarrassment. “We teach them to embrace who they are right now and work as hard as they can. No shame,” says Principal Ellen Flanagan. With support and encouragement, most middle school self-contained students transition to integrated classes by 9th grade.

The school focuses on social-emotional growth first, followed by academics. Many times during our visit, Flanagan and other staffers stopped students, and in a caring tone, inquired about their mood or followed up on a previous issue. Students stay with the same advisory teacher all four years of high school. Advisors know their students well, offering support, challenging them when necessary and sometimes just making a helpful phone call to remind a student to bring in his gym shorts. One student says, “They don’t let you drown here. They don’t hold your hand all the way, but [they] help you do what you never thought you could do.”

In all classes there are anywhere from two to three adults and class size is reduced. Teachers separate students into groups based on learning styles and encourage children to depend on each other as they learn. On the day of our visit, a biology class experimented to understand the difference between how infectious and non-infectious diseases are spread, dipping ph strips into cups of water that looked identical to the eye. In English language arts, students were reading Hamlet, but had an original version and a translated version. Their task was to put the text into their own words to show comprehension. In one 9th-grade integrated algebra class, a student confessed that he had trouble with radicals, but with support from the group, he was able to grasp the concept.

The consistent limitation we saw across all subject areas was the students’ inability to use expressive language. Whether a student was trying to explain why a math problem was solved correctly or to support an idea she had just read about, language was limited.  Principal Flanagan says that getting kids to articulate their thoughts in words is a constant struggle given the school's large English language learner and special needs population. To help, the school encourages teachers to stay with a unit until the children have fully digested the material.

The high school offers advanced placement courses in English, biology, Spanish literature and psychology. Students can take up to two advanced placement courses, although the percentage of students passing the AP exam is very low. The school is affiliated with the College Board which provides trips to colleges, but the 6-12 school doesn’t provide direct college contact and preparation until spring of 11th grade. The teaching staff and a college advisor are on hand to help guide students through the process, but the idea is to hold a student's hand until he can navigate the system himself and develop the independent skills he will need as a college student.

Outside of academics, there are boys’ and girls’ basketball teams, but no other team sports. Students also participate in test readiness classes, periodic drama performances, fitness in a state-of-the-art workout room and yoga classes. Students also attend Club Getaway, where they spend two to three days off-campus doing trust exercises, to help build school spirit and unity. Mount Sinai runs a mental health clinic in the building.

College: Most students are the first in their families considering college. Parents can’t assist them, and historically the school has had low parental involvement. The College Board mission is to take minorities that wouldn't have access to college and open up awareness and opportunity. College acceptances are mostly to CUNY and SUNY schools but also include private schools like Emmanuel College in Boston and Rutgers University.

Special education: There are integrated co-teaching classes and self-contained classes in the middle school. Over twenty percent of the population receives special education services. The principal said she is proud of the “large number” of special needs students who passed the Regents exams. About 6 percent of the students are English language learners and perform better than average school on ELA exam.

Admissions: Priority to District 7 students for middle school, and a large percentage stay on for high school. For high school, priority to continuing 8th-graders, then to students who attend an information session, then to Bronx residents, then New York City residents. (Jacquie Wayans, February 2014)

Middle InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with MS/HS 223

Number of Students 644

Average Daily Attendance 90%

Uniforms? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
1%

Black

  
26%

Hispanic

  
72%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
96%

Special ed

  
23%

English Language Learners

  
6%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.32 2.60 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?

66% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

78% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE KIDS NICE?

How many students complain about bullying?

65% 71% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

62% 57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

88% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

88% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

86% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

21 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students are chronically absent?

26% 24% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

18% 26% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

10% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

41% 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS Prep

How many 8th graders pass high school regents exams?

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

0% 18% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 14% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How do graduates do in 9th grade?

Percent who pass all their classes freshman year:

85% 87% 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 state math exam:

14% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

5% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

3% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

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

0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

8% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with MS/HS 223

Number of Students 644

Average Daily Attendance 90%

Uniforms? Yes

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
1%

Black

  
26%

Hispanic

  
72%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
96%

Special ed

  
23%

English Language Learners

  
6%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.29 2.40 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:

10% 24% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Middle school students doing math at grade level:

18% 28% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Safety & vibe

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

22 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

66% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

88% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

85% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

88% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

35% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2014

How many students graduated within 4 years?

87% 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

94% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many students graduated within 4 years?

86% 65% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates earned an advanced regents diploma within 4 years?

6% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

96% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

3% 10% 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?

14%

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

17%

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

12%

Are students ready for college?

How many students graduated in four years with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?

22% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

390
418 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 497 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

75% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

386
426 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 513 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

Is the guidance counseling helpful?

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

78% 76% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

67% 47% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

100% 54% 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?

73% 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners graduated within 4 years?

37% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners graduated within 6 years?

56% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

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

Source: High school directory

South Bronx Preparatory: A College Board School

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Academics

AP COURSES: Biology, English Language and Composition, Psychology, Spanish Language and Culture, Studio Art: 2-D Design, United States History

Online: Spanish Language and Culture

Language classes: Spanish

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Artist-in-Residence Program, Career Fair, Dance, Debate, Hip-Hop Workshop, Horror, Math, Mathletes, MOUSE Squad, Movies in History, National Honor Society, Newspaper, SBP Prep Players, Sci-Fi, Step Team, Student Advisory Board; Cougar Council, Webcasting

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Soccer

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Volleyball

Other schools sports: Cheerleading, Small School Athletic League (SSAL) Baseball (Boys), Softball (Girls), Weight Training

Source: High school directory

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