Bronx Collegiate Academy

240 EAST 172 STREET
BRONX NY 10457 Map
Phone: (718) 410-4077
Website: Click here
Principal: D White
Neighborhood: Tremont/ East Tremont
District: 9
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: Jose Martinez
Humanities & Interdisciplinary

Buses: Bx1, Bx11, Bx15, Bx18, Bx2, Bx32, Bx35, Bx41

What's special:

Fun overnight trips and a spirited faculty.

The downside:

Poor attendance and low levels of academic achievement.

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

The vision: College pennants in the corridors remind everyone their goal should be finishing high school and going on to college. Overnight trips create a sense of community.

The reality: Bronx Collegiate Academy, formerly known as the Bronx Expeditionary Learning School, is one of six small schools in the Taft Educational Complex. The name of the school was changed in the summer of 2011 to reflect a new focus on preparing students for college. The administration wants to encourage students to take college-level CUNY courses, called College Now, while they are still in high school and to continue their education after they graduate.

Bronx Collegiate still has a long way to go to achieve these goals. Most kids enter 9th grade reading below grade level. Attendance is poor. While most kids say they feel safe in their classrooms, about one-third say they don’t feel safe in the neighborhood around the school, according to the Learning Environment Survey. There is a high rate of student suspensions. Students must pass through metal detectors to enter the building. There’s a lot of turnover in leadership: Darryl White is the fourth principal since the school was founded in 2004.

On the positive side, the teachers are young and energetic and seem to be willing to go the extra mile to engage the kids. For example, the faculty danced on stage to Beyonce--to the wild cheers of the students--at a school awards ceremony (recorded on YouTube). On our visit, we saw teachers push kids to achieve more. In one class, students who had already passed their Regents math exam were studying more advanced algebra so they could avoid remediation at CUNY. A college counselor gave students individual attention to encourage them to apply to college. While the school is no longer affiliated with Outward Bound, students still go on overnight trips. White says it’s important for students to have a bonding experience each fall and he schedules trips to places like the Frost Valley YMCA camp.

Special education: About 75 students receive special education services, including some in self-contained classes and some in Collaborative Team Teaching.(Clara Hemphill, December 2011)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

Taft Educational Campus

Number of Students 356

Average Daily Attendance 82%

Uniforms? Yes

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
1%

Black

  
30%

Hispanic

  
69%

White

  
0%

Free Lunch

  
100%

Special ed

  
24%

English Language Learners

  
30%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.09 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

26 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

79% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

96% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

90% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

96% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

50% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2014

How many students graduated within 4 years?

55% 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

58% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many students graduated within 4 years?

54% 65% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

4% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

54% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

32% 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?

11%

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

18%

Are students ready for college?

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

12% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

397
418 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 497 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

39% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

419
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?

84% 76% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

41% 47% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

40% 54% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

64% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 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 New York City residents who attend an information session
  2. Then to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

Bronx Collegiate Academy

Limited Unscreened

Develop character and community awareness through a college preparatory curriculum.

Academics

AP COURSES: English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Spanish Language and Culture, United States Government and Politics, United States History

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Art, Music Band, Culinary, Dance, National Honor Society, Step Team, Hip-Hop Saves Lives, Student Government, Video Game, Yearbook, House Ambassadors, Community Service (Soup Kitchen), Open Team, Toys for Tots, Book Drive, Tutoring; 10th grade students have the opportunity to apply for Summer Search college readiness program

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball & JV Basketball, Bowling, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Volleyball, Wrestling

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Bowling, Outdoor Track, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

Other schools sports: Cheerleading, Fencing, Rock Climbing

Source: High school directory

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