The School for Inquiry and Social Justice
Bronx NY 10472
Stable leadership, cohesive staff
Some concerns about the neighborhood
The School for Inquiry and Social Justice, founded in 2004, offers interesting projects, stable leadership and a good record of academic achievement. The school has consistently received top marks on the Department of Education. It received a "well-developed" on the Quality Review, the highest rating.
One year, children took part in what their teachers called a "virtual archeological excavation" in a project that combined history, English, math and science. Children learned about ancient Rome and the ancient city of Pompeii that was destroyed by a volcanic eruption. They pretended they were archaeologists and dug through plastic bins filled with sand and artifacts. Students recorded the mass, volumes and densities of each object they uncovered and wrote essays about what they learned. [See YouTube videos about the project.]
Teachers give Founding Principal Andrea Cypys high marks and they say they would recommend it to parents, according to annual surveys. Children say they feel safe in class, although they express some concerns about safety in the neighborhood.The school shares a building with JHS 123.
Admissions: Unscreened. Children who apply will be selected at random. (Clara Hemphill, web reports, October 2013, updated Septwember 2016)