Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists

Grades 6-12

What’s Special

Housed in a vibrant cultural arts center

The Downside

Working to improve academic performance

Our Review

Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists has a liberal-arts focus with an emphasis on reading, writing and the arts. Students may take part in the Young People's Chorus or take classes at Casita Maria, one of the oldest Hispanic community organizations in the city.

The school opened in 2004 in The Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education, spent some time on one floor of the now-closed PS 198, then moved with Casita Maria into a spacious building with science labs, a theater, a dance floor and art studios in 2009. Casita Maria helped Bronx Studio students obtain mentors at City Hall and funded a student trip to Spain.

Principal David Vazquez grew up in the neighborhood and previously taught at other schools in the area. He was a Cahn Fellow in 2010 at Teachers College, Columbia University. The fellowship recognizes outstanding principals and offers them opportunities for further study.

The Learning Environment Survey shows that teachers feel supported by Vasquez and trust him, and the school enjoys pretty good feedback regarding culture and tone. Staffers have worked hard to make improvements on academic performance since receiving a quality review in 2011-12.

Urban Assembly is a network of 21 college-prep schools in New York City. These are regular public schools, not charters, and each has internships and partnerships related to a theme. The network-wide graduation rate is higher than the citywide average but Bronx Studio is near the citywide average.

After school:Bronx Studio and its host, Casita Maria, provide homework help, arts, and recreation.

Admissions: The school is open to children in District 8.(Lydie Raschka, web reports and DOE data, November 2013)


About the students

Enrollment
638
Asian
0.8%
Black
21.5%
Hispanic
76.0%
White
1.3%
Other
0.5%
Free or reduced priced lunch
100%
Students with disabilities
27%
English language learners
12%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
97%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
89%
90% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
39%
27% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
52%
74% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
29%
22% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
80%
82% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
38%
48% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
12.0
5.8 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
78%
77% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
84%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
81%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
53%
70% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
67%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
81%
83% 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?
8%
30% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
19%
35% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 4 dedicated spaces for Dance, Music and Visual arts
This school has 2 licensed arts teachers in Dance and Music

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
71%
68% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
48%
52% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
71%
68% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
0%
38% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
86%
87% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
63%
83% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
0%
13% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
11%
4% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
21%
38% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
8%
48% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
57%
71% 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 score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
3%
4% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
11%
7% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
46%
65% 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
1.69
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
1.78
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.74
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
1.87
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
1.79
2.2 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.07
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
73%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
82%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
85%
89% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
86%
87% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
48%
67% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

The Urban Assembly Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Environmental Science, AP US Government and Politics

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Cross Country, Rugby, Soccer, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Rugby, Volleyball, Wrestling

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