Bronx Collaborative High School

Grades 9-12

What’s Special

Based on ICE, a trusted, popular progressive Manhattan school

The Downside

No track record

Our Review

At the Bronx Collaborative High School students may make soap to learn about science and marketing skills, debate current events such as the controversy surrounding New York City Police Department's "stop-and-frisk" program and share their political views via Twitter. Doctors, designers, scientists and even lifeguards provide real-world expertise.

A racially diverse group of educators created the school, opening in September 2013, based on their work at the popular Institute for Collaborative Education (ICE), a small progressive school in Manhattan. [The principal and some staff members are shown in the photo at right.]

"We're bringing a slice of ICE to the Bronx," said Principal Brett Schneider, former ICE assistant principal. "In every subject there are real-world applications."

Like ICE, BCHS is a member of the Coalition of Essential Schools, a national network of schools founded by education professor Theodore Sizer, which believes that small schools that concentrate on teaching a few subjects well are more effective than large schools that attempt to teach a wide array of subjects.

According to Bronx native Schneider, Bronx Collaborative's location, at DeWitt Clinton High School, is ideal for walking trips to the Bronx River, the Botanical Gardens and Van Cortland Park for problem-based learning. It is an easy trip to Wave Hill or Riverdale to study history or math through architecture. Trips to Albany and Washington D.C. will enable students to link local concerns to global concerns and to engage in advocacy. "I see the Bronx as all about opportunity," said Schneider.

Plans are to offer Spanish for beginners and native speakers, and eventually French.

Staffers plan to collaborate with ICE teachers and they envision one big field day in the Bronx for students. Schneider, a former social worker, hopes to work in partnership with New York University, where he supervises social work interns. Many clubs and sports are available on the DeWitt Clinton campus.

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
488
Asian
2.1%
Black
30.9%
Hispanic
60.7%
White
3.5%
Other
2.9%
Free or reduced priced lunch
83%
Students with disabilities
22%
English language learners
20%
Male
53%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the DeWitt Clinton Educational Campus with two other high schools
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
79%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
83%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
45%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
95%
76% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
10%
18% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
90%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
65%
56% 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?
86%
77% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
100%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
90%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
39%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
99%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
100%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
100%
84% 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 2 licensed arts teachers in Music (part-time) and Theater

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
85%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
51%
49% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
78%
70% 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 English Language Learners?

How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
0%
0% 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?
91%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
95%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
95%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
95%
89% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Bronx Collaborative High School
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

Academics

Language Courses

Japanese, Spanish

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Football, Gymnastics, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Flag Football, Gymnastics, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

Cricket

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