Urban Assembly School for Careers In Sports

730 CONCOURSE VILLAGE WEST
BRONX NY 10451 Map
Phone: (718) 292-7110
Website: Click here
Admissions: Bronx preference
Wheelchair accessible
Principal: Johanny Garcia
Neighborhood: South Bronx
District: 7
Grade range: 09 thru 12
Parent Coordinator: Leyda Mattei

Buses: BX1, BX13, BX19, BX2, BX32, BX41, BX6

What's special:

22 team sport offerings; an open door policy for parents

The downside:

Growth has resulted in increased class size

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

The Urban Assembly School for Careers in Sports has a high graduation rate, an impressive array of team sports and a new building with a huge football field. When the school opened in 2002, the staff hoped to build a curriculum around athletics, but the theme has been de-emphasized in recent years as budget cuts have forced the school to concentrate scarce resources on core academics.

Instruction is mostly focused on preparing students for the Regents exams, and teaching methods are fairly traditional. The teaching ranged from fair to solid in the classes we visited, judging from the responsiveness and attentiveness of the students. Smart Boards are installed in every classroom. In one class, the teacher used the screen to demonstrate how to solve an algebra equation. In another class, however, the print on the screen was dense and hard to read in a sleep-inducing room with lowered lights.

The school enlarged its enrollment when it moved to a new building in 2010, and average class size has grown from 22 or 25 to about 29, according to Principal Felice Lepore. "What does an additional four to seven kids mean for a class?" he said, "It means a lot." On the plus side, the school now offers seniors their first Advanced Placement class, in U.S. Government. A larger enrollment also means more players for team sports: That's important for a school that has already won the city championship in football. Despite the larger enrollment, Lepore has maintained an "open door" policy for parents who want to visit a class.

Each teen is assigned an "i-mentor," a professional adult with whom they meet in person, at group events, six times a year and email at least weekly. "It's a way I can keep in contact with a guy who can probably help me," said a student. Another said, "She helps me a lot on my personal essay for college."

In turn, students mentor middle-schoolers once a week through the Urban Dove program. Project Discovery is a way to explore the outdoors and pick up gym credits. A recent immigrant from the Dominican Republic said," come from the mountains, so I already know how to climb, but camping will be new."

Twenty-two sports teams draw members from five area schools. Sports include tennis, baseball, basketball, and co-ed handball and track teams. The school is 85 percent male.

The school shares the nine-acre Mott Haven Educational Campus with New Explorers High School, Bronx Leadership Academy II High School, KIPP NYC College Prep Program, and a District 75 program. Each school has its own entrance and cafeteria. The new building has had set backs, including flooding in the gym and broken alarms.

Special education: There are five special education teachers. Their strategy is to engage students with creative lessons, mostly in Integrated Co-teaching (formerly Collaborative Team Teaching or CTT) classes. For example, the teaching team in a history class will demonstrate the Hindu principle of transformation through film clips from Beauty and the Beast.

Admission: There are no admissions requirements. Priority goes to students who attend an information session. (Lydie Raschka, October 2010)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

Mott Haven Educational Campus

Number of Students 575

Average Daily Attendance 81%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
0%

Black

  
29%

Hispanic

  
69%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
85%

Special ed

  
23%

English Language Learners

  
6%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.80 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

23 24 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

59% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

100% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

85% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

85% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

54% 34% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

68% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

88% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

74% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

1% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

92% 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

11% 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?

2%

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

8%

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?

9% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

397
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

68%

SAT math scores

432
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?

77% 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?

39% 44% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

80% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 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

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

Urban Assembly School for Careers in Sports

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Academics

AP COURCES: N/A

Online: N/A

Language classes: Spanish

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: After-school Homework Center (Monday-Friday / Grades 9-12), Anime, Baseball (winter), Chess, Community Service Program, National Honor Society, Newspaper, Physical Fitness (spring), PM School (Credit Recovery), Project Discovery, Regents Prep (Saturdays), Saturday Academy (Credit Recovery), Student Government, Urban Dove.

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: Annual Campus Olympics

Source: High school directory

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