M.S./H.S. 141 Riverdale / Kingsbridge Academy

An Insideschools pick
660 WEST 237 STREET
BRONX NY 10463 Map
Phone: (718) 796-8516
Website: Click here
Admissions: neighborhood school
Principal: LORI OMARA
Neighborhood: Marble Hill/ Riverdale
District:10
Grade range: 6-12
Parent Coordinator: Stacy Miller
Humanities & Interdisciplinary

Buses: BX10, BX20, BX7

What's special:

Diverse student body, strong neighborhood connections

The downside:

Large class size; some litter

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Riverdale-Kingsbridge Academy, serving grades 6-12, has a working kiln, a dance studio, a comfortable library, handball courts and a softball field in the leafy Riverdale section of the Bronx. Virtually all students live in the surrounding middle-class neighborhood and the student body reflects Riverdale’s melting-pot ethnic mix.

“I’ve never been to a school that has this much diversity in its student population,” said Lori O’Mara, RKA’s principal since 2006. Students speak some 60 different languages at home, and the school has a mix of white, black, Latino and Asian students.

The school has good attendance and a high graduation rate, and most kids on to college. On our visit, class changes were orderly. Classes were large, but kids typically appeared respectful and attentive and hands shot up when questions were asked. DOE security guards are present and hall monitors sit outside restrooms, but the campus sees no need for dispiriting metal detectors.

RKA has a strong music program. Starting in 6th grade, students are required to play an instrument or sing. The high school offers Spanish, French and Latin linguistics, plus a wide range of Advanced Placement courses. Students must accumulate 40 hours of volunteer community service to graduate. Turnover is relatively low and most teachers have at least six years of experience.

RKA offers a wide variety of varsity sports, including boys’ baseball, basketball, soccer and wrestling, and girls’ basketball, soccer, softball and volleyball. Golf, tennis, running and other in-school sports also are offered. A wide variety of afterschool clubs (including a popular drama program) are available--all at no cost to students. Many activities are provided or supervised by Riverdale Community Center, a community-based organization.

Not everything is perfect: While students say they feel safe in class, there are occasional fights outside of class, according to the Learning Environment Survey. There are scraps of litter in the hallways and stairwells, and many classrooms bear the scuffs of a half-century of hard use.

College: Many RKA grads go on to SUNY and CUNY universities or small private colleges, but some have been admitted to New York University, Penn State, Johns Hopkins and Wesleyan University.

Special education: RKA offers self-contained 12:1:1 classes. It also has Collaborative Co-Teaching (CCT) classes in which students with special needs are taught alongside general-education students in classes featuring two teachers, one of whom is certified to teach special education. RKA also offers Special Education Teacher Support Services (SETSS).

Admissions: RKA’s middle school is open only to students who live in its attendance zone. All 8th-graders who attend the middle school may attend RKA’s high school, and most do. (About 30 or 40 leave for elite high schools such as Bronx Science.) There are 3 or 4 seats open for 9th graders who live outside the school’s attendance zone, and the school often receives 1,500 applications for those few seats.

New arrivals to the Riverdale neighborhood do not automatically qualify for a seat in the school. Children of new residents must go to 1 Fordham Plaza for a referral, and must meet minimum acceptance criteria, which are based on grades and attendance. (Skip Card, October 2012)

Middle InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 1355

Average Daily Attendance 92%

Uniforms? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
8%

Black

  
12%

Hispanic

  
53%

White

  
26%

Free Lunch

  
56%

Special ed

  
19%

English Language Learners

  
6%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.99 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?

49% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

74% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE KIDS NICE?

How many students complain about bullying?

88% 71% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

46% 57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

72% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

77% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

82% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

33 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students are chronically absent?

23% 24% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 math exam

34% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ela exam

36% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 science exam

66% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS Prep

How many 8th graders pass high school regents exams?

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

17% 21% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

20% 14% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How do graduates do in 9th grade?

Percent who pass all their classes freshman year:

87% 85% 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 2014 math exam:

2% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

2% 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 math exam:

0% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

0% 4% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 math exam:

13% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

12% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

Percent of ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of former ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

19% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 1355

Average Daily Attendance 92%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
8%

Black

  
12%

Hispanic

  
53%

White

  
26%

Free Lunch

  
56%

Special ed

  
19%

English Language Learners

  
6%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.90 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:

30% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Middle school students doing math at grade level:

33% 24% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Safety & vibe

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

29 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

49% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

77% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

70% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

72% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

23% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

78% 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

89% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

83% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

10% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

93% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

8% 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?

26%

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

6%

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

35%

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?

40% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

468
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

86%

SAT math scores

481
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?

64% 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?

59% 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

67% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

67% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

92% 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

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

  1. Open only to Bronx students or residents a. Priority to continuing 8th graders b. Then to students residing in the geographical catchment area c. Then to Bronx students or residents

Source: High school directory

RKA Humanities

Screened

All 9th grade or accelerated subject areas

Selection Criteria

  • English (80-100) , Math (80-100) , Science (80-100) , Social Studies (80-100)
  • Math Levels: 3-4 ; English Language Arts Levels: 3-4

There may be additional selection criteria, see the High School Directory for more information

Academics

AP COURCES: Biology, Calculus AB, English Literature and Composition, Government and Politics: United States, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, Statistics, Studio Art: Drawing, United States History, World History

Online: N/A

Language classes: French, Latin, Spanish

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Accreditation Committee, Anime, Architecture, Art, Art Portfolio Preparation, Band, Book, Bronx Student Advisory Council, Chess, Chorus, Conflict Resolution, Crochet, Dance, Dance and Activities Committees, Digital Photography, Dungeons & Dragons, Gay-Straight Alliance, Health Corps/Teen Action, High School Talent Show, Lanyard, Math, Math for SAT Prep, Model United Nations, Multicultural Show, National Honor Society, Newspaper, Nutrition Committee, Office Interns, Online credit recovery, Open Access in the Library, Pioneering, Poetry and Writing Competitions, Poetry Cafe, Quiz Bowl, Regents Prep, RKA Idol, Running, School Leadership Team, Science Olympiad, Scrabble, Screenwriting, Spring Festival, Step, Student Council, Student Organization, Technology Interns, Teen Theater, Video Game, Winter Festival, Yearbook

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Wrestling

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball

Other schools sports: Basketball, Cheerleading, Faculty-Student Games, High School Field Day, RKA Dancers, Running, Step, Tennis, Yoga

Source: High school directory

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