Belmont Preparatory High School

An Insideschools pick for Special Education
500 EAST FORDHAM ROAD
BRONX NY 10458 Map
Phone: (718) 733-4559
Website: Click here
Admissions: Screened program
Principal: Stephen Gumbs
Neighborhood: Belmont
District: 10
Grade range: 9-12
Humanities & Interdisciplinary
Screened

Buses: Bx1, Bx12, Bx12-SBS, Bx15, Bx17, Bx19, Bx2, Bx22, Bx28, Bx34, Bx38, Bx41, Bx41-SBS, Bx9, BxM4

What's special:

Lots of encouragement to go to college

The downside:

Lines at the metal detectors make kids late for class

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Belmont Prep, a small school in the Theodore Roosevelt Educational Complex, provides personal attention to kids who might be lost in a large school. The school encourages graduates to go to college, and some students have been admitted to New York University, Fordham (across the street) and St. John’s in Queens.

A few students have gone to selective colleges outside New York City, including Vassar and Stanford, said principal Stephen Joseph Gumbs, who graduated from Dartmouth College and is ambitious for his students. He takes students to visit colleges in New England. Some students take accelerated summer classes at Fordham University, right across the street from Belmont Prep.

Although most students begin Belmont Prep reading below grade level, the graduation rate is higher than the citywide average. Gumbs encourages students to stay in school, even if it takes them five years to graduate. Special needs students—neglected in most schools—are encouraged to get Regents’ diplomas.

The school offers a traditional Regents-prep curriculum, including four-years of math and four years of science. Class trips are part of the science curriculum. Students may go to Pelham Bay Park to test the water quality, or to the American Museum of Natural History to study evolution.

Gumbs says the climate of the building has improved significantly since the new small schools began replacing Roosevelt in 2002. While the suspension rate at Belmont Prep is high, most students say they feel safe and teachers agree that order and discipline are maintained. A friendly school aide—rather than a uniformed security guard—keeps watch in the corridor.

Students must pass through metal detectors to enter the building. The day of our visit, one of the scanners was broken and lots of kids were late to class. The school has below average attendance, despite efforts by staff to call home when students are absent.

Students participate in sports teams with other schools in the building and share the gym, cafeteria and auditorium. They may join junior ROTC or have an internship in a bank branch on the first floor.

Special education: Gumbs, who attended an Ivy League college despite having a math-disability, believes that special needs students can excel academically He points out that a Belmont Prep valedictorian one year had dyslexia. Students in self-contained classes change rooms for each subject and have teachers who are licensed in both their subject matter and in special education. The school offers special education teacher support services (SETSS) and self-contained classes but does not offer collaborative team teaching.

Admissions: Belmont Prep is listed in the high school directory as a "screened" program. Applicants should have grades of at least 75 in their core academic classes, good attendance and standardized test scores of at least Level 2. (Clara Hemphill, May 2012)

InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Theodore Roosevelt Educational Campus with five other schools

Number of Students 423

Average Daily Attendance 89%

Uniforms? Yes

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
2%

Black

  
31%

Hispanic

  
65%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
88%

Special ed

  
19%

English Language Learners

  
7%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.33 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?

79% 74% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

78% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

82% 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?

32% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2015

How many students graduated within 4 years?

61% 69% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

15% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

79% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

10% 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?

5%

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

31%

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

21%

Are students ready for college?

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

28% 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

408
424 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 495 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

60% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

413
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

College and University Transitional Seminar

Screened

This early college awareness program helps students understand this transition at an early age and inform them of the academic, social, financial, and personal rewards of college, addressing their areas of concern and building on their strengths.

Selection Criteria

  • Math Levels: Levels 1.7-4.5 ; English Language Arts Levels: Levels 1.8-4.5

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

Academics

AP COURSES: AP Calculus, AP English, AP Environmental Science, AP Spanish, AP US History

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Drama, Community Service, Step, Tutoring, Creative Writing, Film, Advisors, Guitar, Hip-Hop Dance and Cheerleading Teams, Music Appreciation, Italian, JROTC, Just for Girls, Keyboarding, Literary Magazine, Modern Dance, MOUSE Squad, Mural, Poetry Jam, Peer Mediation, Peer Tutoring, Photography, Poetry Cafe and Slam, PrincipalŒÍs Advisory Committee, POSSE Foundation, Project LEAD, Newspaper, Small Group Tutoring, Student Government, Leadership Program, Theater Trips, Yearbook

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball, Swimming, Volleyball

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Softball, Volleyball

Other schools sports: Swimming, Weight Training, Girls Basketball, Flag Football; Intramural Basketball, Intramural Football, Soccer, Aerobics, Volleyball

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

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