The Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music
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The Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music
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Celia Cruz High School of Music, housed in the Walton Educational Complex, offers students great opportunities to perform at places such as Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. Students take many of their music classes at nearby Lehman College.
The school’s award-winning musical groups include a Latin jazz essemble, a vocal jazz ensemble [see photo from Lehman College] and one of the best choirs in the city.
“It’s an incredibly impressive music program,” said Cass Conrad, an official with the City University of New York who provides support to the school. “The focus of the school is really grounded in performance.”
[Jerrod Mabry, former assistant principal, was named principal in March, 2013. He replaced founding Principal William Rodriguez, who retired after an investigation found he charged overtime for attending student performances.]
Under Rodriguez, teachers complained of low academic standards, poor leadership and problems with order and discipline. But Mabry pointed to improved performance on the 2012-13 Learning Environment Survey as a sign he was turning things around.]
Students say they feel safe in class, but there are some concerns about the area around the school, according to the survey. Students must pass through metal detectors to enter the building, which is shared with other small schools. About 60 percent of the students are girls and 40 percent are boys.
Special education: The school has limited special education services
Admissions: Audition. Details about the audition can be obtained at the open houses offered in the evening and on a Saturday in October. (Clara Hemphill, interview, web reports, and statistics, September 2012, updated September 2013)
At a glance
Number of Students 425
Average Daily Attendance 91%
Metal detectors? Yes
INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.42 2.39 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Safety & vibe
ARE CLASSES BIG?
Number of students in an average english classNA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE
DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?
How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?76% 74% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?93% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?
How many students say they feel safe in hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?84% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How Many Students are Chronically Absent?26% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Class of 2015
How many students passed a Regents exam for algebra 2, physics or chemistry?12%
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
Programs and Admissions
Students perform in Chorale, Show Choir, Select Choir, and WomenÃŽÃªs Choir. Music Theory, Music History, Sight Singing, and Piano. Preparation for state competitions. Evaluations in solo and ensemble work.
Small group instruction on band instruments. Participation in three concert bands and jazz band; Latin Band, Music Theory, Music History, Sight Singing, and Piano. Preparation for state competitions. Evaluations in solo and ensemble work.
Small group instruction on orchestral instruments. Participation in three String Orchestras and Full Orchestra. Electives in Music Theory, Music History, Sight Singing, and Piano. Preparation for state competitions. Evaluations in solo and ensemble work.
AP COURSES: AP Biology, AP Economics, AP English, AP Spanish
EXTRACURRICULAR: NHS, Chamber Music, Instrumental Quintets, Campus Council, Chess, Peer Mediation, Newsletter, Dance, Drama, Guitar, Gospel/Mens Choirs, Musical Theatre, Percussion, Philosophy, Prom Committee, Regents Prep, Rock/Latin Bands, SLT, performances and competitions, Student Council, Student Recitals, Yearbook Committee, Yoga, Recycle-A-Bicycle, Cooking, DisneyŒÍs Magic Music Days, Music Showcase, Journalism, SAT Prep, College Tours, Flag Football, Basketball, Cheerleading, Summer Band, Strings, Choir
BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Volleyball
GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Bowling, Softball, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball
Other schools sports: Swimming