Morris Academy for Collaborative Studies

Grades 9-12
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Location

1110 Boston Road
Bronx NY 10456
Longwood (District 9)
Trains: 2, 5 to Intervale Ave
Buses: Bx13, Bx15, Bx17, Bx21, Bx35, Bx4, Bx41, Bx41-SBS, Bx4A, Bx6

Contact

Phone
718-617-5312
Principal
Matthew Mazzaroppi
Parent Coordinator
Danielle Pattillo

What’s Special

A mentoring program; caring staff; Arts Connection.

The Downside

Low attendance, some safety issues outside the building.

Our Review

Teachers at the Morris Academy for Collaborative Studies encourage teens to explore their interests in class and take them on trips to expand their horizons. It's like "a family" said Kristina Kelly, a global history teacher. "Every kid has more than one adult who is intensely invested in them." Still, the staff struggles to convince kids to come to class. The school is located in an area deemed unsafe by some teachers, but the atmosphere inside the building is calm and caring.

Founding Principal Charles Osewalt sits at a table in the middle of the school's wide hallway where he meets with staff and watches the comings and goings of students. He constantly engages students with a kind of fond badgering - asking one boy why he is late and taking another to task for bullying. One teacher said Osewalt calls up to 50 students in the morning to help them get to school on time but questioned whether this served kids well in the long run. Fortunately, he has three assistant principals who help and the chain of command is "well-organized," according to a long-time teacher. [Osewalt retired in 2013. His successor is Matthew Mazzoroppi, a graduate of Lehman College, who taught 10th grade English language arts at Marie Curie, a high school in the Bronx.]

Like Osewalt, staff members go out of their way to meet the needs of students. One teacher runs a Japanese club during lunchtime, where kids watch Anime movies. Another oversees a "Study Caf" with hot chocolate on the menu. Some teachers are young and greet kids with high-fives, but the teaching in the few academic classes we saw was not particularly creative, mostly lecture-style from the front of the room.

Class size looked small during our visit, partly due to many absences. On the Learning Environment Survey, a majority of students said adults in the building knew them by name, but only half said Morris offered classes and activities that kept them interested in school.

Some students said they would like more arts and more choices for academic classes. They do get some variety when teaching artists come in from Arts Connection to add music, visual art or dance lessons to English and history classes.

Morris Academy shares an impressive, Hogwarts-style building with Bronx International, High School for Violin and Dance, and School for Excellence. Each school uses the cafeteria at a different time so students may eat as early as 10 am or as late as 2 pm, but it rotates every year. The school is located in a historic area that is also one of the poorest districts in the United States. Several adults said they do not feel safe in the neighborhood after dark and that kids have been mugged at nearby delis. We did see security officers outside after school and the schools have hired additional people to parole the neighborhood at key times. Children must pass through a metal detector in the morning.

About 30 kids attend a popular program every other Saturday arranged by Hope for New York, in which they are paired with mentors from a variety of professions. Sports and ROTC are campus-wide. A campus-wide, award-winning Robotics team suggests that students in all four schools might be better served if leaders combined resources to offer kids more clubs and academic help.

Special education: The special education teacher is stretched because she has to monitor 40 kids who have individual educational plans in addition to teaching a small group of special needs kids. The school is planning to offer extra reading help three days a week, using the Wilson Reading System, a highly structured, remedial program where students are taught in smalll groups. "We have 40% English Language Learners and kids with special needs," Osewalt said. "We try to serve them all."

College: More than half of students who enroll in college go to two-year CUNY schools. The Robin Hood Foundation helps prepare 12th graders for entrance exams to CUNY and the school organizes college tours.

Admissions: Priority to Bronx residents or students who attending an information session. (Lydie Raschka, March 2012; new principal update December 2014)

About the students

Enrollment
394
Asian
0.8%
Black
25.1%
Hispanic
72.3%
White
1.0%
Other
0.8%
Free or reduced priced lunch
93%
Students with disabilities
27%
English language learners
21%
Male
50%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Morris Educational Campus with three other schools
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
99%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
81%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
46%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
100%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
31%
37% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
89%
85% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
67%
57% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
3.5
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
100%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
100%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
97%
80% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
68%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
93%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
100%
86% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 2 dedicated spaces for Dance and Theater
This school has 1 licensed art teacher in Music

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
85%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
60%
54% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
80%
71% 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?
68%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
2%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
11%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
26%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
9%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
50%
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 English language learners graduate in 4 years?
71%
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?
70%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
87%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
87%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
87%
90% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
54%
60% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Morris Academy for Collaborative Studies
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

Academics

Language Courses

French, Japanese, Spanish

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Soccer

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Softball, Volleyball

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