Bronx Haven High School

Grades 9-12

Location

333 East 151 Street
Bronx NY 10451
Mott Haven (District 7)

Contact

Phone
718-292-3638
Principal
Jazmin Rivera-Polanco

What’s Special

Intensive intervention from staff and advisors

The Downside

Attendance is a constant struggle

Our Review

Older students who have been unsuccessful at other schools come to Bronx Haven hoping to make up lost ground quickly so they can graduate. “If you’re messing up and you hate your school, you should come here,a girl said.

Students say they like the small environment and intensive help from teachers. \"If you need help after school, they\'ll stay,\" another girl said. \"I feel like everyone is here to help each other.\"

Housed in Alfred E. Smith High School [along with Bronx Design and Construction Academy], Bronx Haven allows students to accrue up to 18 credits a year, compared to the typical 11 credits a year at a traditional high school. The school runs on a trimester schedule, so students who complete the required number of credits and Regents exams to graduate may graduate at three points during the year.

Every student has an advisor from East Side Settlement House. Advisors welcome students to school in the morning, call students at home when they are more than half an hour late, and perform home visits when a student has been absent two days in a row. Students meet in advisory groups once a week, and compete for prizes based on attendance, including trips and going out to eat.

East Side Settlement House also coordinates “Learning to Work” internships, which provide students with paid jobs at a variety of local employers, such as day care, offices and home health care organizations. One student attends Bronx Haven in the mornings, and then travels to the Co-Op Tech in Manhattan to learn welding. (Students must attend school in order to go to work in the evenings.)

Students are encouraged to attend college. Students told us they received help writing a personal essay and getting recommendations from teachers for their college applications. The school also participates in CUNY\'s At Home in College program, which offers CUNY\'s math and English classes so that students can avoid remediation their freshman year.

Attendance is a constant struggle, but the students we observed were attentive and engaged.  Most classes are designed focused on help students pass Regents examinations needed to graduate. However, some classes are offered at students\' request, such as pre-calculus and a popular cooking class. In 2009, three students wrote a song that won first place in the Good to Go contest, a college and career readiness campaign run by New Visions for Public Schools.

Special education: The school offers Collaborative Team Teaching (CTT) classes.

Admissions: Open to students ages 16 to 21. (Tom Jacobs, October 2010)

About the students

Enrollment
192
Asian
1.6%
Black
32.3%
Hispanic
65.6%
White
0.5%
Other
0.0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
82%
Students with disabilities
24%
English language learners
5%
Male
52%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Alfred E. Smith Educational Campus with two other schools
Metal detectors?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
96%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
63%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
86%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
60%
76% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
15%
18% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
100%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
68%
56% Citywide Average

About the leadership

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
80%
77% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
70%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
80%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
80%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
80%
84% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 6 dedicated spaces for Dance, Music, Theater, Visual arts, an Auditorium, and a Film Studio
This school has 0 licensed arts teachers in Dance, Music, Theater or Visual arts

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
86%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
45%
49% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
84%
70% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
0%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
23%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

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 does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
77%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
92%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
92%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
92%
89% Citywide Average
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