Walton Educational Complex
The Walton Educational Complex houses five small schools:
Discovery High School does a good job of taking students who have not done well in middle school and making sure they graduate on time. Students seem to have an unusually warm relationship with their teachers and principal. Though the school calls itself an “arts-integrated high school,” the arts and music offering are mostly limited to after-school classes. The school also has a strong guidance program.
Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music offers students great opportunities to perform at places such as Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. Students take many of their music classes at nearby Lehman College. However, all but a few graduates need remediation when they go to college and teachers complain about low academic standards.
The International School for Liberal Arts gives Spanish-speaking children a gentle transition to English. Students begin with classes that are mostly in Spanish and more English is offered each month; the goal is for the children to be fluent in English as soon as possible. However, in the middle school, less than 20 percent of students met state standards in reading in 2012.
Kingsbridge International High School teaches students that are new to this country. Fifteen percent of graduates received an Advanced Regents Diploma in 2011. However, for the school overall, the graduation rate is low, with fewer than 70 percent of students graduating, even after six years.
The High School for Teaching and the Professions opened in 2002 as an outgrowth of a pre-teaching program at Walton. However, despite the school's name, there is now no formal programming about the teaching profession at the school, although many of its extracurricular internship programs relate to teaching. It has struggled with poor attendance and low levels of student achievement Wake Up! NYC has reduced chronic absenteeism.
Walton High School closed in June 2008. The school was known for its high level of violence and low graduation rates. Students often took seven years to graduate. The building’s library has been closed for years and the pool is not in use. Though the level of violence in the building has decreased, students must still pass through metal detectors to enter; they say it usually goes smoothly though. Walton had a great baseball team, which is now comprised of students from each of the small schools. (Aryn Bloodworth, November 2012)