The Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music

2780 RESERVOIR AVENUE
BRONX NY 10468 Map
Phone: (718) 329-8550
Website: Click here
Admissions: audition
Principal: Jerrod Mabry
Neighborhood: Kingsbridge
District: 10
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: YVETTE PEREZ
Performing Arts

Buses: Bx1, Bx10, Bx2, Bx22, Bx26, Bx28, Bx3, Bx32, Bx34, Bx38, Bx9, BxM3, BxM4

What's special:

Terrific musical training

The downside:

Academics could be more challenging

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

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)

 

 

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Walton Educational Campus with four other schools

Number of Students 425

Average Daily Attendance 91%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
2%

Black

  
24%

Hispanic

  
70%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
82%

Special ed

  
18%

English Language Learners

  
5%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.42 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?

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 IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

26% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2015

How many students graduated within 4 years?

92% 69% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

10% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

95% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

6% 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?

12%

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

17%

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

12%

Are students ready for college?

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

26% 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

434
424 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 495 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

72% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

417
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

Chorus

Audition

Students perform in Chorale, Show Choir, Select Choir, and WomenÎês Choir. Music Theory, Music History, Sight Singing, and Piano. Preparation for state competitions. Evaluations in solo and ensemble work.

Concert Band/Piano

Audition

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.

Strings

Audition

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.

Academics

AP COURSES: AP Biology, AP Economics, AP English, AP Spanish

Sports/Clubs

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

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