Mott Haven Village Preparatory High School

Grades 9-12
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Location

701 St. Anns Avenue
Bronx NY 10455
Longwood (District 7)
Trains: 2, 5 to Jackson Ave
Buses: Bx13, Bx15, Bx17, Bx19, Bx2, Bx21, Bx4, Bx41, Bx41-SBS, Bx46, Bx4A, Bx6

Contact

Phone
718-402-0571
Principal
Melanie Williams
Parent Coordinator
Anita Burgos

What’s Special

Friendly school helps low-achieving kids set their sights on college

The Downside

Not everyone graduates

Our Review

Everyone seems to know each other at Mott Haven Village Prep. This very small school has a warm, comfortable feel and students seem happy to be there.

The school helps students who enter high school with poor academic skills set their sights on college. Not everyone succeeds, and the graduation rate is below average for the city. But top students have gone on to small private colleges including Daemon, Connecticut College, Wheaton College and Franklin and Marshall.

Nearly all of the kids and teachers who took the 2012 Learning Environment Survey said that they feel safe. The neighborhood has gotten a lot better, Principal William Doyle said. Yeah, were South Bronx, but its better than it was.

Doyle, who became principal in October 2012, seems to have quickly won the support of students and staff. One senior said Doyle brings an even-keel to the school. Doyle was a teacher and administrator at Samuel Gompers for eight years before heading to principal training at the Leadership Academy.

During our visit, students seemed engaged. In one particularly interesting discussion, students drew comparisons between the French Revolution, fascism in Nazi Germany and the trial of Galileo. Another plus: the teaching staff is racially diverse. On the downside: the school has few advanced classes. The most advanced math class is algebra II and the most advanced science class is chemistry.

The school has a loosely-enforced dress code of black or khaki slacks and skirts and white button-down or polo tops. Students may not leave for lunch but may run around in the schoolyard after they finish eating. The school has lockers but theyre in classrooms, so assignment is slipshod, says Doyle.

Mott Haven Village Prep occupies a corner of the fourth and fifth floors of the South Bronx Educational Campus. Doyle said the building was originally an elementary school and thats why the hallways are narrow. The space is shared with University Heights High School . Purple trim on the walls indicates Mott Haven Village Prep territory.

The two schools share sports teams (with a beautiful new track and ball field) and a LYFE center, where young mothers who are in school there can drop off their kids for free daycare five days a week. Mott Haven Village Prep is fortunate to be one of a handful of NYC schools involved in the Summer Search program. A group of students chosen to participate in Summer Search take summer trips to visit colleges and, after Junior year, may go abroad to places like Peru and Thailand.

Special education: About one fifth of the students have special education needs and nearly 10 percent are overage. The school offers team-taught classes with two teachers, one of whom is certified in special education certified. It also offers Special Education Teacher Support Services for extra help in small groups either in or outside the classroom. Additionally, they use APEX, an online learning program, which a special education teacher said makes it easier to monitor his students progress.

College: A college counselor and career counselor staff the schools college office. Starting in 9th grade, all students meet for weekly college-skill building classes through East Side House s College Preparation and Leadership Program, or CPLP.

Admissions: Limited unscreened. Priority to students who attend an information session. (Anna Schneider, November 2012)

About the students

Enrollment
397
Asian
0.5%
Black
26.2%
Hispanic
71.8%
White
0.8%
Other
0.8%
Free or reduced priced lunch
94%
Students with disabilities
26%
English language learners
16%
Male
53%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the South Bronx Educational Campus with one other school
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
98%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
79%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
58%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
65%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
37%
37% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
83%
85% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
42%
57% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
3.1
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
31%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
70%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
35%
80% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
81%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
42%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
70%
86% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 1 dedicated space for Visual arts
This school has 1 licensed art teacher in Music

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
60%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
43%
54% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
62%
71% 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?
60%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
0%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
10%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
13%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
17%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
55%
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 English language learners graduate in 4 years?
38%
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?
58%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
98%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
97%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
97%
90% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
41%
60% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Mott Haven Village Preparatory High School
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

A challenging college readiness program that prepares students for varied career choices

Academics

Language Courses

French, Italian, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English, AP US History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Rugby, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Badminton, Basketball, Flag Football, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

Double Dutch, Stunt

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