Eagle Academy for Young Men

Grades 6-12
Staff Pick

What’s Special

All boys environment, opportunities for internships and travel

The Downside

Some silly, immature behavior

Our Review

Eagle Academy for Young Men is an all-boys school in the Bronx designed to provide intense academics and a supportive environment to young men of color who may be at risk of falling behind or dropping out of high school. The school offers extra academic help after school and on Saturdays, as well as mentoring opportunities with One Hundred Black Men. The school does not screen applicants, but the ideal student is a “young man serious about his studies and serious about his future,” says Principal Jonathan Foy.

In 2010, Eagle Academy moved into its new $50 million building, which offers amenities such as a weight room, a recording studio, and a senate chamber that is designed to look like a courtroom. Foy, founder of the Urban Academy of History & Citizenship , hopes to strengthen the school\'s identity by incorporating more African American and Latino history and literature into the curriculum, while maintaining high standards and creating a culture of achievement. Students must wear smart uniforms of grey slacks, blue shirts and different colored ties that indicate their class year.

The young men we spoke with are proud of attending the school, and like the fact that their uniform makes them stand out outside of school. They feel a strong sense of brotherhood with their classmates, and told us that they felt peer pressure to do well in school and to seek out extra help when they need it.

Foy says that the single-sex environment means that the young men are more relaxed, and the students say they feel that they can be themselves and be respected. At the same time, the school can be rowdy. One parent complained of food fights in the cafeteria, and an article in the student newspaper described how students who were horsing around the locker room wrote graffiti, toppled some benches and broke a shelf. However, a group of seniors offered to clean up the locker room, the newspaper said.

The staff works hard to provide students with the support they need to get into college and do well. Incoming freshmen attend a popular Summer Bridge program, a three-week training session that builds community and gives students a first look at the steps they need to take to get into college. Juniors fill out mock applications and research colleges, and seniors take a required college class that helps them prepare their transcripts, essays and recommendations. Students at all levels go on campus visits and meet with representatives from colleges who come to recruit at the school. Ninety percent of recent graduates have gone on to college, including Howard, Morehouse, West Point and Wabash.

Students are offered tough courses, including “introduction to law,” as well as AP English, World History, US History and Biology. A few high-achieving students participate in CUNY\'s College Now program, taking college courses at CUNY campuses twice a week after school. Overall, students appear engaged and attentive, and we were especially impressed by a sophisticated discussion of race, poverty and manhood in Ralph Ellison’s novel Invisible Man in a senior English class. Students who start to fall behind are identified quickly, and given extra support at lunch, after school and on Saturdays.

Special education: The school offers both self-contained and collaborative team teaching (CTT) classes for special education students.

Admissions: Priority goes to students who attend an open house. Students must attend an orientation day which includes a test and an essay evaluation. In recent years, there have been more than 900 applicants for 100 seats in the ninth grade. (Tom Jacobs, October 2010)

About the students

Enrollment
526
Asian
1.0%
Black
57.0%
Hispanic
39.4%
White
0.4%
Other
2.3%
Free or reduced priced lunch
80%
Students with disabilities
28%
English language learners
4%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
122%
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?
27%
27% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
61%
74% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
41%
22% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
68%
82% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
32%
48% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
0.8
5.8 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
72%
77% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
41%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
73%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
77%
70% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
55%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
72%
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?
11%
30% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
8%
35% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 2 dedicated spaces for Music and Visual arts
This school has 5 licensed arts teachers in Theater (part-time), Visual arts (part-time), and Music

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
68%
68% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
50%
52% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
64%
68% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I, Living Environment
How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
27%
38% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
74%
87% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Eagle Academy for Young Men
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
79%
83% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
2%
13% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
7%
4% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
9%
38% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
31%
48% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
69%
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 former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
0%
7% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
60%
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
1.79
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
1.81
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.83
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
1.97
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
1.83
2.2 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
1.92
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
67%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
83%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
77%
89% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
80%
87% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
70%
67% Citywide Average
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Programs and Admissions

The Eagle Academy for Young Men
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

Academics

Language Courses

French, Spanish

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Wrestling

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