Grace Dodge Career and Technical Education High School

2474 CROTONA AVENUE
BRONX NY 10458 Map
Phone: (718) 584-2700
Website: Click here
Admissions: no new admits
Principal: Frank Giaimo
Neighborhood: Fordham
District: 10
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: LUISA DEJESUS
Vocational

What's special:

Vocational courses in cosmetology, nursing, and hair-styling

The downside:

School is closing in 2015

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Grace Dodge High School, which trains students to make eyeglasses, style hair or work as nursing assistants, is being phased out for poor performance. The school accepted no new 9th graders in 2012. Current students may stay until graduation in 2015. A small school serving new immigrants, Crotona International High School, opened in the building in 2011 with a 9th grade class. A new school focused on building maintenance, The High School for Energy and Technology, accepted its first 9th grade class in 2012.

Grace Dodge has long served a very needy population, including a significant number of young mothers and pregnant girls. Nearly every student qualifies for free lunch. A large proportion of students are learning English or receiving special education services. Teachers say many students arrive reading at a 4th grade level, making it extremely difficult for them to graduate on time. The proportion of students with very low reading levels has increased in the past decade; at the same time, the graduation rate declined from 63 percent in 2005 to 35 percent in 2011. The school had three principals the year before the Department of Education announced it would be closing.

A successful program in the school was its mock trial team which competed in the citywide moot court competition. But overall, the school has had very low attendance and a very low graduation rate. Although the Career and Technical Education program was designed so students could be certified as hair stylists, many students failed the cosmetology licensing exam because their reading skills were so poor, a teacher said.

The building has tight security. Students must pass through metal detectors to enter the building. Although students told us they generally feel safe, there are occasional fights in the building.

Situated across the street from the Bronx Zoo, the school is far from subway stops. This means that a lot of kids must take at least one subway and a bus to reach school. (Clara Hemphill, May 2012)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

Grace Dodge Educational Campus

Number of Students 435

Average Daily Attendance 73%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
2%

Black

  
29%

Hispanic

  
69%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
100%

Special ed

  
29%

English Language Learners

  
22%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.50 2.80 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

20 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

59% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

58% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

74% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

73% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

66% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many students graduated within 4 years?

31% 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

46% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many students graduated within 4 years?

36% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

1% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

52% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

32% 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?

2%

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

5%

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

2%

Are students ready for college?

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

4% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

395
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

29% 62% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

399
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?

69% 76% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

15% 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

13% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

46% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

61% 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners graduated within 4 years?

40% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners graduated within 6 years?

58% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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