Women's Academy of Excellence

456 WHITE PLAINS ROAD
BRONX NY 10473 Map
Phone: (718) 542-0740
Website: Click here
Admissions: Interview
Principal: Arnette Crocker
Neighborhood: Soundview / Hunts Point
District: 8
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: Sonja Burns
Science & Math

Buses: Bx22, Bx27, Bx36, Bx39, Bx5

What's special:

An all girls’ school with high graduation rate

The downside:

Some problems with discipline

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Women’s Academy of Excellence offers girls a chance to study without the distraction of having boys in their classes. The school, which shares a building with Archimedes Academy and Bronx Mathematics Preparatory School, has a good record of graduating students on time. Students wear a uniform of plaid skirts and white shirts.

Principal Arnette Crocker has led the school since it was founded in 2005. Modeled after the Young Women’s Leadership School in East Harlem, the school was originally called the Young Women’s Leadership School in the Bronx. It is no longer affiliated with that organization.

While parents are mostly satisfied, some students complain about fights, according to the Learning Environment Survey. About one-quarter of students said they do not feel safe in hallways, locker rooms and bathrooms. More than half the teachers responding to the survey say discipline is an issue. Only half the teachers say the principal is an effective manager.

On the positive side, students received donations of book from a program called Read ThIs. [See photo on this page.]

Admissions: Limited unscreened. Preference given to students who attend an open house.(Clara Hemphill, statistics and press reports, July 2012)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

Eugene T. Maleska campus

Number of Students 395

Average Daily Attendance 77%

Uniforms? Yes

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
3%

Black

  
47%

Hispanic

  
44%

White

  
3%

Free Lunch

  
83%

Special ed

  
20%

English Language Learners

  
5%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.18 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

16 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

37% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

76% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

58% 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?

59% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many students graduated within 4 years?

66% 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

92% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many students graduated within 4 years?

69% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

5% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

86% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

7% 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?

7%

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

17%

Are students ready for college?

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

16% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

389
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

83% 62% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

399
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?

53% 76% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

30% 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

60% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

68% 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners graduated within 4 years?

40% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners graduated within 6 years?

58% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

  1. Open only to female students
  2. Priority to New York City residents who attend an information session
  3. Then to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

Womenï¾’s Academy of Excellence

Limited Unscreened

Academics

AP COURSES: English Literature and Composition

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Academy of Health, Advisory, Ambassadors, Art, Book, Conflict Resolution Program-Effective Alternatives in Reconciliation Services (EARS), Dance, Film, Gifted Empowered Mature Sisters (GEMS), Girls Inc., Human Rights, Model, Peer Mediation, Peer Tutoring, Political, Saturday Enrichment, Scholars, Student Ambassadors, Student Council, Summer Bridge, Volleyball

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Cross Country

Source: High school directory

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