Mott Hall Bronx High School

Grades 9-12

What’s Special

Demanding curriculum to prepare for International Baccalaureate

The Downside

Some complaints of fights

Our Review

A beautiful building, a rich curriculum that includes French instruction, and a stable and committed group of teachers make Mott Hall High School a pleasant place. While many students enter high school performing below grade level, most graduate on timea testament to hard work by both the teachers and the students themselves.

The school shares the Bathgate Educational Complex--a light and airy modern building opened in 2006--with Validus Preparatory Academy and the Urban Assembly School for Applied Math and Science. Founding Principal David Tinagero left to work at New York Universitys Dubai campus in 2012. He was replaced by Kathryn Malloy, who had been the assistant principal and is a graduate of Teach for America.

The school has a small but committed parent group and a tight-knit faculty, said Romina Carrillo of New Visions for Public Schools, the non-profit organization that provides support to the school. Half the staff has been with the school since opened in temporary quarters in 2005, a sign of loyalty and dedication, she said. Mott Hall Bronx was modeled on the original Mott Hall middle school in Harlem, but no longer has an affiliation with that school. Students wear khaki pants or skirts and light blue shirts.

Mott Hall Bronx offers the International Baccalaureate diploma, a degree widely accepted at universities in more than 100 countries. More demanding than a standard Regents prep curriculum, the IB program requires students to show competency in a foreign language, write a 15-20 page research essay, make an oral presentation, and pass various subject exams. Only a handful of students are able to complete the IB program, and some teachers responding to the Learning Environment Survey say academic expectations could be higher. Many graduates are not prepared to do college level work without remediation. Nonetheless, the IB curriculum offers wider opportunities than many schools have.

In keeping with the international theme, a handful of students visited Nicaragua and Haiti, helping to build schools there as part of a program called BuildOn. Mott Hall Bronx was awarded a $250,000 three-year grant to boost performance of black and Latino boys. (It expired in in 2015)

Students mostly say they are safe, although there were some complaints of fights, according to the 2012 Learning Environment Survey. More than one-third of teachers then said there were issues with order and discipline. In response, the principal said: "We are aware and we are taking steps to help the handful of students who are engaging in fights." She said the school has added a second social worker and an extra family assistant "to help students deal with their anger." There were "almost no fights" in the 2015-2016 school year, according to the school guidance counselor.

College admissions: Although not all graduates are well-prepared for college, top students have been admitted toBrown, Columbia, Cornell, Boston University as well as SUNY campuses upstate. "Our kids go to college," said Malloy. The "vast majority" go within 18 months of graduating high school, she said. The school has a partnership with the College Bound Initiative which specializes in helping students get to college.

Special education: The school offers both self-contained special education classes and team-taught classes that mix students in general and special education.

Admissions: Limited unscreened. Preference goes to students who attend an information session. (Clara Hemphill, interviews, DOE statistics, July 2012; updated January 2013)

About the students

Enrollment
390
Asian
0.8%
Black
20.8%
Hispanic
75.4%
White
1.0%
Other
2.1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
89%
Students with disabilities
24%
English language learners
13%
Male
52%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Bathgate Educational Campus with two other schools
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
115%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
84%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
47%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
73%
76% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
16%
18% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
86%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
56%
56% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
4.7
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
73%
77% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
79%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
84%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
37%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
98%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
79%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
79%
84% 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 2 licensed arts teachers in Visual arts (part-time) and Music

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
69%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
53%
49% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
71%
70% 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?
76%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
3%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
4%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
17%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
20%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
61%
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 former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
0%
0% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
41%
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?
62%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
100%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
100%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
100%
89% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
58%
60% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Mott Hall Bronx High School
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

Academics

Language Courses

French

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Flag Football, Softball, Wrestling

Coed PSAL teams

Double Dutch

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