Young Women's Leadership School of the Bronx

1865 MORRIS AVENUE
BRONX NY 10453 Map
Phone: (718) 731-2590
Website: Click here
Admissions: Bronx; attend info session
Principal: Lemarie Laureano/Devon Eisenberg
Neighborhood: Mount Hope
District: 9
Grade range: 6-12
Parent Coordinator: SOHANNY FERMIN
Science & Math

Buses: Bx1, Bx18, Bx2, Bx3, Bx32, Bx36, Bx40, Bx41, Bx41-SBS, Bx42, BxM4

What's special:

Teachers encourage girls to enter fields like technology and engineering

The downside:

Limited arts and sports, some concerns about neighborhood

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

The Young Women's Leadership School of the Bronx is designed to give girls the self-confidence and skills they need to explore fields, such as computer programming and engineering, traditionally dominated by men. The school accepts girls with a range of abilities—including many with weak academic skills—and pushes them to succeed.

"It builds a sense of sisterhood," said a girl who gave us our tour. "Our teachers make us feel we are capable of so much."

High school students have unusual opportunities to spend the summer on campuses such as Smith College or New York University. One girl even won the chance to travel to Ireland for 3 weeks. Adult volunteers offer girls the chance to shadow them at jobs in science, technology, engineering and math. The non-profit organization Girls, Inc., organizes activities such as a field day in Central Park and a chance to row boats on the Bronx River during school vacations. Girls take classes in software engineering.

Opened with a 6th grade in 2012, TYWLS Bronx, as it is known, is part of the Young Women's Leadership network of schools. It will add a grade each year until it serves grades 6-12.

Housed on the top floors of IS 117, a clean but drab 1930s era building, Young Women's Leadership has a newly renovated gym and science lab. Class size is small—about 20 in the middle school and 25 in the high school. Some girls wear T-shirts emblazoned with the words "Girl Power." Others sport white shirts, gray pleated skirts or pants, and navy sweaters. There's a pleasant, relaxed vibe during class changes.

The style of instruction is fairly traditional. There's an emphasis on correct grammar and spelling. Writing exercises focus on a 5-paragraph structure. Girls learn to speak clearly and with proper diction. Many start 6th grade with reading and math skills that are below grade level--a function, teachers say, of poor instruction at too many elementary schools in the Bronx. Indeed, we saw a few 6th graders reading books from the Junie B. Jones series more typically read by much younger children. But, with small classes and double periods of "literacy" and math, many girls make huge gains. By 8th grade, some are ready to take high school level Regents exams in algebra, Living Environment, U.S. history and Spanish.

A full-time college counselor, part of the College Bound Initiative, works with girls as early as 10th grade to set their sights high. Nearly all are the first in their families to consider college and few are familiar with the application process.

Two experienced middle school educators, LeMarie Laureano and Devon Eisenberg, who both taught at Mott Hall V, work together as co-directors. Leureano, who grew up in the Bronx and attended all-girls Roman Catholic schools, is particularly focused on helping girls in single-parent households succeed.

The school has a sense of community, thanks to its small size, with between 80 and 90 girls in each grade. However, like most small schools, it has limited course offerings. There is a creative and resourceful music teacher, and girls may take art classes after school, but there are few electives and very limited sports.

Some girls responding to the annual school survey said they don't feel safe in the area outside the school. Laureano and Eisenberg said they stand outside at dismissal to ensure children get on buses and the subway safely. In addition, they help younger girls find older girls to travel with them and "organize girls by zip code" to travel together.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school offers team teaching classes with two teachers, one of whom is certified in special education. In addition, girls who need extra help may work in a small group with a teacher.

ADMISSIONS: Open to girls in the Bronx. Parents and students are strongly encouraged to attend an open house in the fall. Applicants' grades are reviewed, but good attendance is more important than good grades in admissions. Most girls begin in 6th grade; there are about 20 seats in 9th grade. Girls come from as far away as Co-Op City and Throgs Neck, 1 ½ hours away on the bus. (Clara Hemphill, February 2017)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares a building with IS 117

Number of Students 329

Average Daily Attendance 94%

Uniforms? NA

Students at this school

Asian

  
2%

Black

  
39%

Hispanic

  
58%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
87%

Special ed

  
17%

English Language Learners

  
5%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: NA 2.59 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?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE KIDS NICE?

How many students complain about bullying?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

45% 49% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

100% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

NA 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students are chronically absent?

14% 23% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

40% 29% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

42% hi 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS Prep

How many 8th graders pass high school regents exams?

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

9% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

66% 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How do graduates do in 9th grade?

Percent who pass all their classes freshman year:

NA NA 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 state math exam:

0% 3% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

14% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

4% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

3% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

14% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

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

0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

30% 18% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares a building with IS 117

Number of Students 329

Average Daily Attendance 94%

Uniforms? Yes

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
2%

Black

  
39%

Hispanic

  
58%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
87%

Special ed

  
17%

English Language Learners

  
5%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: NA 2.39 CITYWIDE AVERAGE


1 = Far below grade level 2 = Below grade level 3 = At grade level 4 = Above grade level

Middle school students reading at grade level:

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Middle school students doing math at grade level:

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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?

81% 74% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

100% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

81% 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?

14% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2015

How many students graduated within 4 years?

NA 69% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

NA 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

NA 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?

NA

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

NA

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

NA

Are students ready for college?

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

NA 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

NA
424 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 495 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

NA
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

Young Womens Leadership School, Bronx

Screened

Selection Criteria

  • English (Scores 65-100) , Math (Scores 65-100) , Science (Scores 65-100) , Social Studies (Scores 65-100)
  • Math Levels: Levels 1.6-4.5 ; English Language Arts Levels: Levels 1.9-4.5

There may be additional selection criteria, see the High School Directory for more information

Academics

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Tutoring Program, Yearly college field trips, Comprehensive advisory program and after school clubs including, but not limited to: Tutoring Program, Student Government, Girls Who Code, Teen Thursdays, Arts and Crafts, School Newspaper, International Book Club, and more

Other schools sports: Basketball, Cheerleading, Volleyball, and Track

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

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