School of Performing Arts

977 FOX STREET
BRONX NY 10459 Map
Phone: (718) 589-4844
Admissions: neighborhood
Wheelchair accessible
Principal: Maiysha Etienne
Neighborhood: South Bronx
District: 12
Grade range: 06 thru 08
Parent Coordinator: ABES DURMO

What's special:

Some staff are very dedicated

The downside:

Concerns about order and discipline

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Many students arrive at IS 217 with low skills but staffers work hard to give them a fair chance. Programs include a reward system for behavior and attendance, a partnership with Creative School Services to boost literacy, and acting classes provided by the Stella Adler Studio. 

The school is in a high poverty area and teachers face many challenges, according to posts written by former IS 217 teacher Laura Klein for WNYC's SchoolBook website: “Most of them are out for at least one day a week, and it’s not uncommon for them to disappear for a week or a month at a time. They miss class for a variety of reasons - health - their own or their families, or a lack of supervision at home... Sometimes they will miss a month or two to travel out of the country to visit family. And, at least one time a year, one or two students will stop coming to school because they ‘fear for their safety.’”

Most of the children are behind in reading and other skills, she wrote, and class size is large. Former principal Seth Litt provided stable leadership for a few years but left his position in 2012 to found ROADS Charter High School 2, a school for struggling older students. Maiysha Etienne took the helm, and, while it is too soon to say how she will fare in the long run, during her first year most teachers complained of problems with order and discipline, according to the Learning Environment Survey. Children must pass through metal detectors to enter the building.

IS 217 has several bilingual classes for the many Spanish-speaking students, and hosts workshops for parents on a variety of topics. Children with special needs learn in team-taught classes with their general education peers. In her blog, Klein praised the work of the school’s dedicated paraprofessionals who work side-by-side with children who have special needs. IS 217 is one of two mid-sized schools created when IS 116, a big, struggling middle school closed in September 2002. One of the smaller schools (IS 216) was phased out due to poor performance eight years later.

The building now houses Entrada Academy and South Bronx Classical Charter School. The charter requires children to wear uniforms and offers longer hours and extra days in the school year.

Admissions: Neighborhood school. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, October 2013)

 

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the former IS 216 building

Number of Students 351

Average Daily Attendance 90%

Uniforms? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
2%

Black

  
23%

Hispanic

  
72%

White

  
2%

Free Lunch

  
92%

Special ed

  
27%

English Language Learners

  
22%

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

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

65% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students say this school offers enough programs to keep them interested?

69% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE KIDS NICE?

How many students complain about bullying?

82% 71% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students say students at their school respect one another?

45% 56% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

13% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

58% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

23% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

26 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students are chronically absent?

34% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam

6% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ela exam

7% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 science exam

17% 51% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS Prep

How many 8th graders pass high school regents exams?

Percent of 8th graders who take and pass the algebra regents:

13% 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 8th graders who take and pass a science regents:

8% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How do graduates do in 9th grade?

Percent who pass all their classes freshman year:

76% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:

0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

0% 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:

0% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

0% 4% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:

0% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

0% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

Percent of ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

0% 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of former ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

9% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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