Academy for Social Action

Grades 9-12

What’s Special

School plans to offer certificate in digital media

The Downside

Kids complain of fights and bullying

Our Review

Opened in 2007, the Academy for Social Action is designed to offer a demanding college-prep curriculum but has struggled to maintain an orderly atmosphere where children can learn.

Students complain of fights and bullying; nearly one-third say they dont feel safe in class and more than half say they dont feel safe on the property outside the school, according to the Learning Environment Survey. In one incident that made the newspapers, a girl sprayed mace into a classroom, sending nine students to the hospital. Ninety percent of teachers responding to the survey said they mistrust the principal and think she is an ineffective manager.

On the positive side, the school won a grant to buy Smartboards and computers as part of the principals plan to start a Career and Technical Education program that would offer a certificate in digital media. Staff make themselves available to help students. Students are motivated to attend school even when they are experiencing a personal problem because they know they can talk to a teacher or staff person if they need to during the school day, according to a Department of Education report called a quality review.

The school was founded in partnership with the College Board, the not-for-profit group that administrators the SAT, PSAT, and Advanced Placement program. Students are encouraged to take Advanced Placement courses and take part in community activities and internships.

Begun as a secondary school with grades 6-12, the middle school was phased out with the last 8th graders graduating in 2015.

Admissions: limited unscreened. (Clara Hemphill, news reports and DOE statistics, September 2012; updated 2015)

About the students

Enrollment
128
Asian
1.6%
Black
50.0%
Hispanic
46.9%
White
0.8%
Other
0.8%
Free or reduced priced lunch
84%
Students with disabilities
32%
English language learners
24%
Male
57%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with three other schools
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
62%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
77%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
67%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
28%
76% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
19%
18% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
82%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
32%
56% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
0.8
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
39%
77% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
78%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
62%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
81%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
94%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
16%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
57%
84% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
49%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
30%
49% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
60%
70% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
39%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
0%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
4%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
7%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
11%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
35%
63% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
0%
0% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
47%
65% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
40%
64% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
0%
60% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Academy for Social Action: A College Board School
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Art History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Basketball

Girls PSAL teams

Outdoor Track, Softball

Coed PSAL teams

Stunt

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