Bronx Dance Academy School

3617 BAINBRIDGE AVENUE
BRONX NY 10467 Map
Phone: (718) 515-0410
Admissions: District 10
Principal: Sandra Sanchez
Neighborhood: Norwood
District: 10
Grade range: 6-8
Parent Coordinator: Michael James
Unzoned
Wheelchair Accessible
Screened

What's special:

Professional dance instruction in ballet and modern dance.

The downside:

Test scores rise and fall

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Bronx Dance Academy has long offered students the chance to study classical ballet and modern dance with professional dancers. Children used to pick either dance or art after 6th grade but now the school offers two distinct programs from the start: Dance, or Visual Arts, which includes history, drawing, painting and fashion design.

Over the years the school has sought to strengthen the academics with mixed success. Test scores spiked in 2009, then fell, then rose, then fell again as the school saw an increase in numbers of students with special needs, and the learning goals and tests increased in difficulty.

Once the school had four professional dance teachers, now it has two, plus a drama teacher and a visual arts teacher. Dance is no-nonsense classical instruction. Girls (who make up close to 80 percent of the student body) must pull their hair into a bun, wear tights, and a leotard; boys wear sweatpants and a T-shirt. Online concert videos show girls in a wide variety of costumes including traditional pink tutus with leotards.

Students who choose the art program draw fashion designs, and use pastels, watercolors and paint. There is also a ceramics kiln. Students present an art gallery twice per year. Some teens report that students don't respect each other on school surveys, but the online videos of the elegantly produced school concerts show that they have fun learning how to dance. Students perform twice a year.
One block from the 4 train on a desolate street next to a large cemetery, the Academy is a tiny school. Although few classrooms have windows, the rooms themselves are spacious.

Over the years some graduates have gone on to Talented Unlimited, the Manhattan performing arts school. Others have gone to Fordham High School of the Arts (modeled after Talent Unlimited, in the Theodore Roosevelt complex) or Wings Academy.

Special education: The school offers Integrated co-Teaching (ICT) classes with two teachers, in which children with special needs and their general ed peers learn alongside each other, and self-contained classes for special education students only.

Admissions: Priority to students in districts 9 and 10. No dance experience is required. Applicants compete in a two-part audition, in which dance teachers scrutinize students' flexibility, tone and stamina. Those who qualify in the audition are called back for an interview before a teacher-student panel. Punctuality and a good record of attendance are considered. Over 1700 applied for the Dance program in 2013 for 74 seats: over 1300 applied for Visual Arts for 30 seats. (Vanessa Witenko, February 2008; Lydie Raschka, updated with school data, August 2014)

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 237

Average Daily Attendance 94%

Uniforms? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
2%

Black

  
30%

Hispanic

  
68%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
90%

Special ed

  
21%

English Language Learners

  
8%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.59 2.60 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?

73% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

82% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE KIDS NICE?

How many students complain about bullying?

73% 71% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

72% 57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

85% 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?

80% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

27 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students are chronically absent?

16% 24% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

27% 26% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

21% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

52% 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS Prep

How many 8th graders pass high school regents exams?

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

38% 18% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

41% 14% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How do graduates do in 9th grade?

Percent who pass all their classes freshman year:

78% 87% 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 state math exam:

0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

7% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

14% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

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

0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

8% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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