Eagle Academy for Young Men of the Bronx

An Insideschools pick
4143 THIRD AVENUE
BRONX NY 10457 Map
Phone: (718) 466-8000
Website: Click here
Admissions: Bronx priority; mandatory information meeting.
Principal: JONATHAN FOY
Neighborhood: South Bronx
District:9
Grade range: 6-12
Parent Coordinator: DENISE BROWNE
Humanities & Interdisciplinary

Buses: BX15, BX17, BX36, BX40, BX41

What's special:

All boys environment, opportunities for internships and travel

The downside:

Some silly, immature behavior

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Eagle Academy for Young Men is an all-boys school in the Bronx designed to provide intense academics and a supportive environment to young men of color who may be at risk of falling behind or dropping out of high school. The school offers extra academic help after school and on Saturdays, as well as mentoring opportunities with One Hundred Black Men. The school does not screen applicants, but the ideal student is a “young man serious about his studies and serious about his future,” says Principal Jonathan Foy.

In 2010, Eagle Academy moved into its new $50 million building, which offers amenities such as a weight room, a recording studio, and a senate chamber that is designed to look like a courtroom. Foy, founder of the Urban Academy of History & Citizenship , hopes to strengthen the school's identity by incorporating more African American and Latino history and literature into the curriculum, while maintaining high standards and creating a culture of achievement. Students must wear smart uniforms of grey slacks, blue shirts and different colored ties that indicate their class year.

The young men we spoke with are proud of attending the school, and like the fact that their uniform makes them stand out outside of school. They feel a strong sense of brotherhood with their classmates, and told us that they felt peer pressure to do well in school and to seek out extra help when they need it.

Foy says that the single-sex environment means that the young men are more relaxed, and the students say they feel that they can be themselves and be respected. At the same time, the school can be rowdy. One parent complained of food fights in the cafeteria, and an article in the student newspaper described how students who were horsing around the locker room wrote graffiti, toppled some benches and broke a shelf. However, a group of seniors offered to clean up the locker room, the newspaper said.

The staff works hard to provide students with the support they need to get into college and do well. Incoming freshmen attend a popular Summer Bridge program, a three-week training session that builds community and gives students a first look at the steps they need to take to get into college. Juniors fill out mock applications and research colleges, and seniors take a required college class that helps them prepare their transcripts, essays and recommendations. Students at all levels go on campus visits and meet with representatives from colleges who come to recruit at the school. Ninety percent of recent graduates have gone on to college, including Howard, Morehouse, West Point and Wabash.

Students are offered tough courses, including “introduction to law,” as well as AP English, World History, US History and Biology. A few high-achieving students participate in CUNY's College Now program, taking college courses at CUNY campuses twice a week after school. Overall, students appear engaged and attentive, and we were especially impressed by a sophisticated discussion of race, poverty and manhood in Ralph Ellison’s novel Invisible Man in a senior English class. Students who start to fall behind are identified quickly, and given extra support at lunch, after school and on Saturdays.

Special education: The school offers both self-contained and collaborative team teaching (CTT) classes for special education students.

Admissions: Priority goes to students who attend an open house. Students must attend an orientation day which includes a test and an essay evaluation. In recent years, there have been more than 900 applicants for 100 seats in the ninth grade. (Tom Jacobs, October 2010)

Middle InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 645

Average Daily Attendance 89%

Uniforms? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
0%

Black

  
61%

Hispanic

  
37%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
81%

Special ed

  
27%

English Language Learners

  
4%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.70 2.80 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?

68% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

83% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE KIDS NICE?

How many students complain about bullying?

76% 71% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

43% 56% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

76% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

75% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

72% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

27 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students are chronically absent?

29% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam

6% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ela exam

8% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 science exam

NA 51% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS Prep

How many 8th graders pass high school regents exams?

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

NA 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How do graduates do in 9th grade?

Percent who pass all their classes freshman year:

NA 84% 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 2013 math exam:

0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

6% 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:

0% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

0% 4% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:

6% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

0% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

Percent of ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

0% 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of former ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

25% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 645

Average Daily Attendance 89%

Uniforms? Yes

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
0%

Black

  
61%

Hispanic

  
37%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
81%

Special ed

  
27%

English Language Learners

  
4%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.70 2.80 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:

NA 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Middle school students doing math at grade level:

NA 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Safety & vibe

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

33 24 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

68% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

75% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

69% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

76% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

29% 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?

80% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

72% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

6% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

82% 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

6% 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?

1%

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

25%

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

4%

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?

15% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

391
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

64%

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?

79% 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?

44% 44% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

68% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

76% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

75% 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. Open only to male students
  2. Priority 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

The Eagle Academy for Young Men

Limited Unscreened

Academics

AP COURCES: Biology, English Language and Composition, World History

Online: N/A

Language classes: French, Spanish

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Art, Band, buildOn, Chess, Chorus, Culinary Arts, Cultural Experience, Eagle Scholar Leadership Council, Film, Grief & Loss Club, Guitar, Journalism, Men of Strength Club, Mentoring, Music Industry, NYPD Explorers, Photography, Robotics; Graphic Novel, Sponsor of Education Opportunity (SEO) Debate Team, Step Team, Theater, Video Game, Wall Street Wizards

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball & JV Basketball, Wrestling

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: N/A

Other schools sports: Intramural Basketball, Baseball, Flag Football

Source: High school directory

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