Bronx High School for Writing and Communication Arts

800 EAST GUN HILL ROAD
BRONX NY 10467 Map
Phone: (718) 944-5660
Website: Click here
Principal: TERRI LYNN GREY
Neighborhood: Norwood
District:11
Grade range: 9-12
Communications

Buses: BX28, BX30, BX39, BX41, BX55, BX8

What's special:

Arts integrated into a unique writing curriculum.

The downside:

Discipline can be a problem.

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Students at the Bronx High School for Writing and Communication Arts may see an Off-Broadway play, put on skits that bring an historic figure to life, or write their own version of a classic play. Students work with professional writers, actors and artists as part of a partnership with  Epic Theater Center, a New York City-based theatrical company.

The school prides itself on its writing focus. “We are a community of writers," the High School Directory states. "Students write poetry, drama, fiction, non-fiction and songs. They write for school publications, participate in poetry slams, act in school plays, make films, create artwork and dance.”

While most students say they feel safe in class, some complain of fights and one-third of teachers responding to the 2011-12 Learning Environment Survey said there are discipline problems. Students must pass through metal detectors to enter the school. iOn the positive side, 85 percent of students said that they feel welcome at school. 

The school offers Advanced Placement classes in English, Spanish and Environmental Science.

Since Terri Lynn Grey, formerly principal of Brooklyn Generation School and an elementary and middle school science teacher, became principal in 2011, teacher ratings of the school culture have improved, though more than a third reported that they would not recommend this school to parents.

Afterschool, a variety of clubs are available in addition to a step team and building-wide PSAL sports.

The school opened in fall 2004 in the Evander Childs Educational Complex along with Bronx Lab School, Bronx Academy of Health Careers, High School for Contemporary Arts, Bronx Aerospace High School and High School of Computers and Technology.

Special education: The school offers SETSS (special education teacher support services) for students who need extra help.

Admission: The school gives priority to Bronx students and those who attend an information session or otherwise make contact with the school. (Aryn Bloodworth, DOE Statistics, November 2012)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

Evander Childs Educational Campus

Number of Students 413

Average Daily Attendance 88%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
3%

Black

  
42%

Hispanic

  
52%

White

  
2%

Free Lunch

  
100%

Special ed

  
22%

English Language Learners

  
7%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.60 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

16 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

71% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

80% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

81% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

95% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

29% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

54% 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

66% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

57% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

2% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

74% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

17% 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?

1%

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?

7%

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?

3% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

367
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

41%

SAT math scores

361
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?

91% 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?

35% 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

56% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

77% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

95% 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. Priority to Bronx students or residents who attend an information session
  2. Then to New York City residents who attend an information session
  3. Then to Bronx students or residents
  4. Then to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

Bronx High School for Writing & Communication Arts

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Academics

AP COURCES: English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, Spanish Language

Online: N/A

Language classes: Spanish

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Academic Advisory, After-school Tutoring, Bookwriting, Chess, Choir, Dance, Drama, Journalism, Latin Dance, Literary Magazine, National Honor Society, PM School, Saturday Academy, Step Team, Student Events Committee, Student Government, Talent and Fashion, Visual Arts.

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball & JV Basketball, Cross Country, Football & JV Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming, Volleyball

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Softball, Volleyball

Other schools sports: Intramural Sports

Source: High school directory

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