Bronx Dance Academy School

Grades 6-8

What’s Special

Professional dance instruction in ballet and modern dance.

The Downside

Test scores rise and fall

Our Review

Bronx Dance Academy has long offered students the chance to study classical ballet and modern dance with professional dancers. Children used to pick either dance or art after 6th grade but now the school offers two distinct programs from the start: Dance, or Visual Arts, which includes history, drawing, painting and fashion design.

Over the years the school has sought to strengthen the academics with mixed success. Test scores spiked in 2009, then fell, then rose, then fell again as the school saw an increase in numbers of students with special needs, and the learning goals and tests increased in difficulty.

Once the school had four professional dance teachers, now it has two, plus a drama teacher and a visual arts teacher. Dance is no-nonsense classical instruction. Girls (who make up close to 80 percent of the student body) must pull their hair into a bun, wear tights, and a leotard; boys wear sweatpants and a T-shirt. Online concert videos show girls in a wide variety of costumes including traditional pink tutus with leotards.

Students who choose the art program draw fashion designs, and use pastels, watercolors and paint. There is also a ceramics kiln. Students present an art gallery twice per year. Some teens report that students don't respect each other on school surveys, but the online videos of the elegantly produced school concerts show that they have fun learning how to dance. Students perform twice a year.
One block from the 4 train on a desolate street next to a large cemetery, the Academy is a tiny school. Although few classrooms have windows, the rooms themselves are spacious.

Over the years some graduates have gone on to Talented Unlimited, the Manhattan performing arts school. Others have gone to Fordham High School of the Arts (modeled after Talent Unlimited, in the Theodore Roosevelt complex) or Wings Academy.

Special education: The school offers Integrated co-Teaching (ICT) classes with two teachers, in which children with special needs and their general ed peers learn alongside each other, and self-contained classes for special education students only.

Admissions: Priority to students in districts 9 and 10. No dance experience is required. Applicants compete in a two-part audition, in which dance teachers scrutinize students' flexibility, tone and stamina. Those who qualify in the audition are called back for an interview before a teacher-student panel. Punctuality and a good record of attendance are considered. Over 1700 applied for the Dance program in 2013 for 74 seats: over 1300 applied for Visual Arts for 30 seats. (Vanessa Witenko, February 2008; Lydie Raschka, updated with school data, August 2014)

About the students

Enrollment
275
Asian
2.6%
Black
20.7%
Hispanic
76.0%
White
0.4%
Other
0.4%
Free or reduced priced lunch
88%
Students with disabilities
23%
English language learners
5%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
97%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
94%
93% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
18%
20% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
58%
78% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
55%
50% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
87%
83% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
26%
43% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
8.7
6.0 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
33%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
33%
89% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
33%
83% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
59%
72% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
83%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
66%
87% 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?
27%
27% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
38%
35% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 3 licensed arts teacher in Dance (part-time), Music (part-time), Theater (part-time), Visual arts (part-time), Dance, and Music

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
56%
76% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
53%
61% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
67%
72% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I
How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
29%
26% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
92%
84% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Theatre Arts Production Company School and Repertory Company HS for Theatre Arts
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 score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
8%
3% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
41%
42% 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
1.91
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
1.79
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
2.12
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.08
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
2.0
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.39
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
60%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
82%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
91%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
91%
89% Citywide Average
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Location

3617 Bainbridge Avenue
Bronx NY 10467
Norwood (District 10)
Trains: 4 to Woodlawn
Buses: Bx10, Bx16, Bx28, Bx30, Bx34, Bx38

Contact

Phone
718-515-0410
Principal
Sandra Sanchez
Parent Coordinator
Michael James