Jonathan Levin High School for Media and Communications

240 EAST 172 STREET
BRONX NY 10457 Map
Phone: (718) 992-3709
Website: Click here
Admissions: No new admits
Principal: NASIB HOXHA
Neighborhood: South Bronx
District:9
Grade range: 11 & 12
Parent Coordinator: CELSA LOPEZ
Wheelchair Accessible

What's special:

Kids learn video production from a 30-year Hollywood veteran.

The downside:

Closing because of poor performance.

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

JUNE 2013 UPDATE: The Jonathan Levin High School for Media and Communications is being phased out and replaced after years of poor performance. No new students were admitted in September 2013, and the phase-out will be completed in June 2016. The DOE has proposed to open a new school in the building that would serve grades 6-12 with a focus on serving over-aged middle school students and supporting them through high school.

DECEMBER 2011 REVIEW: The vision: The chance to produce videos and to work in an in-school television studio gets kids excited about school.

The reality: Students stay in one classroom for most of the day as the teachers for different subjects rotate in and out. Principal Nasib Hoxha says that decreases the amount of time wasted between classes and helps keep kids safe. While the school, one of six small schools in the Taft Educational Campus, seemed orderly enough on our visit, it has a high rate of suspensions. Students must pass through metal detectors at the entrance. More than one-third of the students say they don’t feel safe in area around the school and about one-quarter say they don’t feel safe in the corridors or bathrooms, according to the Learning Environment Survey. The school has below average attendance and only about half the students graduate on time.

On the positive side, there is a pleasant television studio where students make their own news shows. The video teacher, Don Cerrone, was a “key grip” for 30 years in Hollywood and worked on the production of 100 feature films in Hollywood. Overall, the teachers at Jonathan Levin seem committed to helping students. We heard no raised voices on our visit and the staff was willing to give individual attention to students.

The school is named for Jonathan Levin, a teacher who was murdered at his home by a student in 1997. The teacher was the son of former Time-Warner chief Gerald Levin, and Time-Warner donated money to the school when it first opened in 2002.

Special education: About 50 students are in "self-contained" classes for special needs children only, and others receive extra help in regular classes under the program called "special education teacher support services" or SETSS.

Admissions: Educational option formula designed to ensure a balance of low- middle and high-achieving students. Call the parent coordinator to schedule a visit. (Clara Hemphill, December 2011)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

Taft Educational Campus

Number of Students 249

Average Daily Attendance 78%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
2%

Black

  
23%

Hispanic

  
75%

White

  
0%

Free Lunch

  
100%

Special ed

  
22%

English Language Learners

  
39%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.40 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

26 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

58% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

47% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

83% 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?

57% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

27% 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

53% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

31% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

2% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

61% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

22% 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?

1%

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?

3% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

334
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

32%

SAT math scores

333
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?

71% 76% 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?

5% 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

24% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

39% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

86% 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners starting school in 2008 graduated within 4 years?

40% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners starting school in 2006 graduated within 6 years?

58% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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