South Bronx Academy for Applied Media

Grades 6-8

What’s Special

Kids make documentary films

The Downside

Children's academic skills are poor

Our Review

The South Bronx Academy of Applied Media, opened in fall 2005, is one of two small schools housed in IS 184, a middle school that is being closed because of low academic performance. Students at Applied Media have the opportunity to make documentary films, build architectural models of their dream houses, and learn to draw one-point perspective. In one project, students researched the pros and cons of building a new Yankee Stadium, interviewed a member of the City Council about the issue, and made a documentary based on their work.

Students, called "scholars," wear uniforms of light blue shirts and gray trousers and begin the day reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and the Scholars' Pledge, written especially for the school to motivate and inspire students. Many of the students arrive in middle school reading at the 2nd or 3rd grade level, and getting them up to New York State standards is a challenge. However, most students seemed engaged in their work during our latest visit. In a science class, students experimented with a paper helicopter called a "whirligig," adjusting the paper wings and a paper-clip weight to see how the changes affected the flight.

"My buzzword for the year is 'accountability,'" said Principal Roshone Ault. Students who misbehave may be sent to the "accountability studio" for in-house suspension. Students who fail to wear the school uniform are required to serve "detention" at lunchtime and eat their lunch quietly in a classroom rather than talk with their friends in the cafeteria. Ault, still in her 20s, is a graduate of the Leadership Academy, the city Department of Education's training program for new principals. A native of Brooklyn, she taught previously at the Reisenbach Charter School, which closed in 2004. (Reisenbach was popular with parents and had the support of Schools Chancellor Joel Klein but was shuttered by the state because of low levels of academic achievement and financial mismanagement.)

The other small school in the building is the Academy of Public Relations.

Special education: The school offers "self contained" classes for special needs children only. One class, in which students were learning to tell time, had several over-age children at the time of our visit, including a 15-year-old. In another class, children put together puzzles of Egyptian art in preparation for a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan.

Admissions: Students are admitted according to the District 7 "school choice" application. (Clara Hemphill, May 2006, revisit October 2006)

About the students

Enrollment
296
Asian
0.7%
Black
33.8%
Hispanic
63.2%
White
0.7%
Other
1.7%
Free or reduced priced lunch
83%
Students with disabilities
28%
English language learners
13%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with three other schools
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
71%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
88%
93% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
44%
20% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
30%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
40%
28% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
68%
82% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
27%
43% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
11.0
6.0 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
53%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
73%
88% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
53%
82% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
82%
72% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
47%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
56%
86% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Test scores

How many students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
6%
27% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
11%
30% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 2 dedicated spaces for Dance and Visual arts
This school has 1 licensed arts teacher in Music

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
68%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
50%
56% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
64%
72% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I, Living Environment
How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
14%
26% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
72%
84% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Mott Haven Village Preparatory HS
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?
23%
14% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
Average math score for ICT students
2.19
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
1.9
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.84
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.04
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
2.04
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.16
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
65%
67% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
92%
88% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
84%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
87%
90% Citywide Average
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