Schuylerville Preparatory High School

3000 EAST TREMONT AVENUE
BRONX NY 10461 Map
Phone: (718) 904-4200
Admissions: Limited unscreened; Bronx priority
Principal: ROBERTO OSSORIO
Neighborhood: Westchester
District:8
Grade range: 9 & 10
Humanities & Interdisciplinary
Wheelchair Accessible
New School

Buses: BX21, BX31, BX4, BX40, BX4A, BX5, BX8

What's special:

A classical education with Latin and Socratic seminars

The downside:

Co-located in a building with metal detectors

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Schuylerville Prep offers a modern classical education that includes two years of Latin, a full four years of science and math, and an emphasis on speaking and debate in structured, student-led Socratic Seminars. Teacher-mentors (called Success Coaches), and an advisory program, will assist students with the steps and know-how to realize their dreams.

Head Master Roberto Ossorio [pictured in white shirt with founding team members at the 2013 high school fair] believes in the "tried and tested classical model." A dynamic personality with an impressive resume, Ossorio chatted easily with parents and students in both English and Spanish at the high school fair. Despite his love of the classics and uniforms, his work history shows a creative streak and a willingness to think outside the box.

Ossorio was valedictorian of Cardinal Spellman High School in the Bronx, where he also began his career as a social studies teacher. As an undergraduate he was awarded a President's Leadership Medal for his work in establishing the first culturally oriented dormitory in the SUNY system. At Bronx School for Law, Government and Justice (LGJ) he headed the social studies department, established a Lyricist Lounge for student musicians, coached sports and served as dean. He and his planning team drew from their shared experience at LGJ in shaping the school which opens in 2013.

The Schuylerville mission is grounded in the classical concept of the Trivium. This three-part educational model consists of Foundations, Logic and Debate, and Rhetoric or Applications. In Foundations, students will hone reading and writing skills. Logic and debate will include Socratic Seminars and argumentative writing. In the Rhetoric phase, students will apply their skills taking up real-world issues.

Topics may include lessons about Greek philosophers Pythagoras, Aristotle, Socrates or Plato. Students may read Ovid's Metamorphosis, a Latin narrative poem, and take trips to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see Ancient Roman and Greek Art. "Reading, writing and communication is the foundation to success," Ossorio said. "We'll set the kids up to learn and from there the sky's the limit."

Ossorio dreams of a Reading Room, with comfy seating and quiet nooks, as well as Dinner and a Date trips four times a year to see Broadway shows and other cultural events. Eventually he hopes to take students to Rome or Greece or other sites studied in history.

Schuylerville shares the Lehman High School building. All students may join campus-wide sports.

Uniform pants are black, navy blue or khaki, paired with a white button down collared shirt or polo shirt. Boys will add a red or blue tie. Teachers will visit incoming 9th grade students at home and there will be a 2-3 day summer orientation program.

Admissions: Limited Unscreened. Priority to Bronx students who attend an information session, fair or open house. (Lydie Raschka, interviews at the high school fair, April 2013)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

Herbert H. Lehman Educational Campus

Number of Students 95

Average Daily Attendance 86%

Uniforms? Yes

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
5%

Black

  
26%

Hispanic

  
56%

White

  
7%

Free Lunch

  
100%

Special ed

  
19%

English Language Learners

  
16%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: NA 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

19 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

69% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

100% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

67% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

100% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

NA 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of

How many -4 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

NA 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many -6 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

NA 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many -4 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

NA 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many -6 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

NA 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

NA 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?

0%

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 -4 freshmen graduated in four years with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?

NA 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

NA
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

How many 0 freshmen graduated in four years and enrolled in college?

NA

SAT math scores

NA
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?

84% 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?

NA 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 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

Schuylerville Preparatory High School

Limited Unscreened

Academics

AP COURCES: N/A

Online: N/A

Language classes: Latin, Spanish Native Language Arts

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: National Honors Society, Mock Trial Club, Debate Club, Chess Club, Book Club, Service Society, Health and Fitness Club, Model United Nations, Photography Club, Poetry /Spoken Word Club, Lyricist Lounge, Student Government, Students Helping Students, Yearbook Club, Siemens Society for Math, Science and Technology

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Handball, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball

Other schools sports: Intramural Boys & Girls Basketball, Developmental Baseball, Developmental Softball; All students are eligible to participate in the PSAL sports program on the Herbert H. Lehman Educational Campus

Source: High school directory

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