Mott Haven Village Preparatory High School

701 ST. ANNS AVENUE
BRONX NY 10455 Map
Phone: (718) 402-0571
Website: Click here
Admissions: By application/Bronx preference
Principal: Melanie Williams
Neighborhood: South Bronx
District: 7
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: Anita Burgos
Humanities & Interdisciplinary

Buses: Bx13, Bx15, Bx17, Bx19, Bx2, Bx21, Bx4, Bx41, Bx41-SBS, Bx4A, Bx6

What's special:

Friendly school helps low-achieving kids set their sights on college

The downside:

Not everyone graduates

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Everyone seems to know each other at Mott Haven Village Prep. This very small school has a warm, comfortable feel and students seem happy to be there.

The school helps students who enter high school with poor academic skills set their sights on college. Not everyone succeeds, and the graduation rate is below average for the city. But top students have gone on to small private colleges including Daemon, Connecticut College, Wheaton College and Franklin and Marshall.

Nearly all of the kids and teachers who took the 2012 Learning Environment Survey said that they feel safe. “The neighborhood has gotten a lot better,” Principal William Doyle said. “Yeah, we’re South Bronx, but it’s better than it was.”

Doyle, who became principal in October 2012, seems to have quickly won the support of students and staff. One senior said Doyle brings “an even-keel” to the school. Doyle was a teacher and administrator at Samuel Gompers for eight years before heading to principal training at the Leadership Academy.

During our visit, students seemed engaged. In one particularly interesting discussion, students drew comparisons between the French Revolution, fascism in Nazi Germany and the trial of Galileo. Another plus: the teaching staff is racially diverse. On the downside: the school has few advanced classes. The most advanced math class is algebra II and the most advanced science class is chemistry.

The school has a loosely-enforced dress code of black or khaki slacks and skirts and white button-down or polo tops. Students may not leave for lunch but may run around in the schoolyard after they finish eating. The school has lockers but they’re in classrooms, so assignment is “slipshod,” says Doyle.

Mott Haven Village Prep occupies a corner of the fourth and fifth floors of the South Bronx Educational Campus. Doyle said the building was originally an elementary school and that’s why the hallways are narrow. The space is shared with University Heights High School. Purple trim on the walls indicates Mott Haven Village Prep territory.

The two schools share sports teams (with a beautiful new track and ball field) and a LYFE center, where young mothers who are in school there can drop off their kids for free daycare five days a week. Mott Haven Village Prep is fortunate to be one of a handful of NYC schools involved in the Summer Search program. A group of students chosen to participate in Summer Search take summer trips to visit colleges and, after Junior year, may go abroad to places like Peru and Thailand.

Special education: About one fifth of the students have special education needs and nearly 10 percent are overage. The school offers team-taught classes with two teachers, one of whom is certified in special education certified. It also offers Special Education Teacher Support Services for extra help in small groups either in or outside the classroom. Additionally, they use APEX, an online learning program, which a special education teacher said makes it easier to monitor his students’ progress.

College: A college counselor and career counselor staff the school’s college office. Starting in 9th grade, all students meet for weekly college-skill building classes through East Side House’s College Preparation and Leadership Program, or CPLP.

Admissions: Limited unscreened. Priority to students who attend an information session. (Anna Schneider, November 2012)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

South Bronx Educational Campus

Number of Students 344

Average Daily Attendance 84%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
0%

Black

  
23%

Hispanic

  
76%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
95%

Special ed

  
21%

English Language Learners

  
8%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.17 2.40 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

24 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

72% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

58% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

92% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

75% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

54% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2014

How many students graduated within 4 years?

57% 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

79% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many students graduated within 4 years?

51% 65% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

68% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

15% 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?

7%

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

13%

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

3%

Are students ready for college?

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

9% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

411
418 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 497 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

49% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

405
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?

82% 76% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

29% 47% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

47% 54% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

98% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

92% 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 Bronx students or residents who attend an information sesssion
  2. Then to New York City residents who attend an information sesssion
  3. Then to Bronx students or residents
  4. Then to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

Mott Haven Village Preparatory High School

Limited Unscreened

A challenging college readiness program preparing students for varied career choices

Academics

AP COURSES: English Literature and Composition, United States History

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Respect for All Program, Annual 'World's Fair' Exhibition, Book, College Tours, Community Service, Dance, Discussion Groups, DJ Mixing, Literature Appreciation Program, Museum, Newsletter, PSAT/SAT Prep, Readers in Residence, Special Events Committee, Spoken Word, Student Government, Student Leadership Retreats, Visual and Performing Arts Appreciation Program, Writers, Spectrum

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball & JV Baseball, Basketball & JV Basketball, Cross Country, Football & JV Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Volleyball

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

Other schools sports: Intramural Sports, Physical Fitness Team

Source: High school directory

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