Schuylerville Preparatory High School

Grades 9-12

What’s Special

A classical education with Latin and Socratic seminars

The Downside

Co-located in a building with metal detectors

Our Review

Schuylerville Prep offers a modern classical education that includes two years of Latin, a full four years of science and math, and an emphasis on speaking and debate in structured, student-led Socratic Seminars. Teacher-mentors (called Success Coaches), and an advisory program, will assist students with the steps and know-how to realize their dreams.

Head Master Roberto Ossorio [pictured in white shirt with founding team members at the 2013 high school fair] believes in the "tried and tested classical model." A dynamic personality with an impressive resume, Ossorio chatted easily with parents and students in both English and Spanish at the high school fair. Despite his love of the classics and uniforms, his work history shows a creative streak and a willingness to think outside the box.

Ossorio was valedictorian of Cardinal Spellman High School in the Bronx, where he also began his career as a social studies teacher. As an undergraduate he was awarded a President's Leadership Medal for his work in establishing the first culturally oriented dormitory in the SUNY system. At Bronx School for Law, Government and Justice (LGJ) he headed the social studies department, established a Lyricist Lounge for student musicians, coached sports and served as dean. He and his planning team drew from their shared experience at LGJ in shaping the school which opens in 2013.

The Schuylerville mission is grounded in the classical concept of the Trivium. This three-part educational model consists of Foundations, Logic and Debate, and Rhetoric or Applications. In Foundations, students will hone reading and writing skills. Logic and debate will include Socratic Seminars and argumentative writing. In the Rhetoric phase, students will apply their skills taking up real-world issues.

Topics may include lessons about Greek philosophers Pythagoras, Aristotle, Socrates or Plato. Students may read Ovid's Metamorphosis, a Latin narrative poem, and take trips to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see Ancient Roman and Greek Art. "Reading, writing and communication is the foundation to success," Ossorio said. "We'll set the kids up to learn and from there the sky's the limit."

Ossorio dreams of a Reading Room, with comfy seating and quiet nooks, as well as Dinner and a Date trips four times a year to see Broadway shows and other cultural events. Eventually he hopes to take students to Rome or Greece or other sites studied in history.

Schuylerville shares the Lehman High School building. All students may join campus-wide sports.

Uniform pants are black, navy blue or khaki, paired with a white button down collared shirt or polo shirt. Boys will add a red or blue tie. Teachers will visit incoming 9th grade students at home and there will be a 2-3 day summer orientation program.

Admissions: Limited Unscreened. Priority to Bronx students who attend an information session, fair or open house. (Lydie Raschka, interviews at the high school fair, April 2013)

About the students

Enrollment
359
Asian
4.5%
Black
25.1%
Hispanic
59.1%
White
8.6%
Other
2.8%
Free or reduced priced lunch
100%
Students with disabilities
23%
English language learners
11%
Male
56%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Herbert H. Lehman Educational Campus with five other schools
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
117%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
89%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
37%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
89%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
62%
37% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
67%
85% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
33%
57% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
3.0
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
95%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
94%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
89%
80% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
84%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
89%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
94%
86% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 0 dedicated spaces for the arts.
This school has 1 licensed art teacher in Visual arts (part-time)

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
53%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
38%
54% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
49%
71% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

Are students prepared for college?

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the 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?
71%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
69%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
77%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
92%
90% Citywide Average
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Programs and Admissions

Schuylerville Preparatory High School
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Rugby, Soccer, Tennis, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Flag Football, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

Cricket, Stunt

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Location

3000 East Tremont Avenue
Bronx NY 10461
Unionport (District 8)
Trains: 6 to Westchester Sq-East Tremont Ave
Buses: Bx21, Bx24, Bx31, Bx4, Bx40, Bx42, Bx4A, Bx8

Contact

Phone
718-904-5080
Principal
Melissa Ramos
Parent Coordinator