Mott Hall Bronx High School

1595 BATHGATE AVENUE
BRONX NY 10457 Map
Phone: (718) 466-6800
Website: Click here
Admissions: Bronx priority
Principal: Kathryn Malloy
Neighborhood: Claremont Village
District: 9
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: GICARY PEGUERO
Humanities & Interdisciplinary

Buses: Bx11, Bx15, Bx17, Bx21, Bx32, Bx41, Bx41-SBS

What's special:

Demanding curriculum to prepare for International Baccalaureate

The downside:

Some complaints of fights

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

A beautiful building, a rich curriculum that includes French instruction, and a stable and committed group of teachers make Mott Hall High School a pleasant place. While many students enter high school performing below grade level, most graduate on time—a testament to hard work by both the teachers and the students themselves.

The school shares the Bathgate Educational Complex--a light and airy modern building opened in 2006--with Validus Preparatory Academy and the Urban Assembly School for Applied Math and Science. Founding Principal David Tinagero left to work at New York University’s Dubai campus in 2012. He was replaced by Kathryn Malloy, who had been the assistant principal and is a graduate of Teach for America.

“The school has a small but committed parent group and a tight-knit faculty,” said Romina Carrillo of New Visions for Public Schools, the non-profit organization that provides support to the school. Half the staff has been with the school since opened in temporary quarters in 2005, a sign of loyalty and dedication, she said. Mott Hall Bronx was modeled on the original Mott Hall middle school in Harlem, but no longer has an affiliation with that school. Students wear khaki pants or skirts and light blue shirts.

Mott Hall Bronx offers the International Baccalaureate diploma, a degree widely accepted at universities in more than 100 countries. More demanding than a standard Regents prep curriculum, the IB program requires students to show competency in a foreign language, write a 15-20 page research essay, make an oral presentation, and pass various subject exams. Only a handful of students are able to complete the IB program, and some teachers responding to the Learning Environment Survey say academic expectations could be higher. Many graduates are not prepared to do college level work without remediation. Nonetheless, the IB curriculum offers wider opportunities than many schools have.

In keeping with the international theme, a handful of students visited Nicaragua and Haiti, helping to build schools there as part of a program called BuildOn. Mott Hall Bronx was awarded a $250,000 three-year grant to boost performance of black and Latino boys. (It expired in in 2015)

Students mostly say they are safe, although there were some complaints of fights, according to the 2012 Learning Environment Survey. More than one-third of teachers then said there were issues with order and discipline. In response, the principal said: "We are aware and we are taking steps to help the handful of students who are engaging in fights." She said the school has added a second social worker and an extra family assistant "to help students deal with their anger." There were "almost no fights" in the 2015-2016 school year, according to the school guidance counselor.

College admissions: Although not all graduates are well-prepared for college, top students have been admitted to Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Boston University as well as SUNY campuses upstate. "Our kids go to college," said Malloy. The "vast majority" go within 18 months of graduating high school, she said. The school has a partnership with the College Bound Initiative which specializes in helping students get to college.

Special education: The school offers both self-contained special education classes and team-taught classes that mix students in general and special education.

Admissions: Limited unscreened. Preference goes to students who attend an information session. (Clara Hemphill, interviews, DOE statistics, July 2012; updated January 2013)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Bathgate Educational Campus with two other schools

Number of Students 403

Average Daily Attendance 84%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
1%

Black

  
20%

Hispanic

  
76%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
90%

Special ed

  
24%

English Language Learners

  
11%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.27 2.39 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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

74% 74% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

74% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

86% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

48% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2015

How many students graduated within 4 years?

81% 69% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

3% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

91% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

4% 9% 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?

24%

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

1%

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

9%

Are students ready for college?

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

19% 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

399
424 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 495 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

79% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

417
432 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 511 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

Is the guidance counseling helpful?

How many students say that this school provides helpful counseling on college or job-seeking?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

NA 48% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

NA 57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners graduated within 4 years?

48% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners graduated within 6 years?

56% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

Mott Hall Bronx High School

Limited Unscreened

Academics

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Art, Chess, Drama, Glee, Ping-Pong, Homework Help, PSAT and SAT Preparatory Classes, Saturday School, School Newspaper, Student Council, Tutoring, Yearbook, buildOn

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Wrestling

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Flag Football, Softball, Wrestling

Other schools sports: Flag Football, Girls Basketball, Soccer, Tennis

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

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