Belmont Preparatory High School

Grades 9-12
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Location

500 East Fordham Road
Bronx NY 10458
Belmont (District 10)
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Contact

Phone
718-733-4559
Principal
Stephen Gumbs
Parent Coordinator

What’s Special

Lots of encouragement to go to college

The Downside

Lines at the metal detectors make kids late for class

Our Review

Belmont Prep, a small school in the Theodore Roosevelt Educational Complex, provides personal attention to kids who might be lost in a large school. The school encourages graduates to go to college, and some students have been admitted to New York University, Fordham (across the street) and St. Johns in Queens.

A few students have gone to selective colleges outside New York City, including Vassar and Stanford, said principal Stephen Joseph Gumbs, who graduated from Dartmouth College and is ambitious for his students. He takes students to visit colleges in New England. Some students take accelerated summer classes at Fordham University, right across the street from Belmont Prep.

Although most students begin Belmont Prep reading below grade level, the graduation rate is higher than the citywide average. Gumbs encourages students to stay in school, even if it takes them five years to graduate. Special needs studentsneglected in most schoolsare encouraged to get Regents diplomas.

The school offers a traditional Regents-prep curriculum, including four-years of math and four years of science. Class trips are part of the science curriculum. Students may go to Pelham Bay Park to test the water quality, or to the American Museum of Natural History to study evolution.

Gumbs says the climate of the building has improved significantly since the new small schools began replacing Roosevelt in 2002. While the suspension rate at Belmont Prep is high, most students say they feel safe and teachers agree that order and discipline are maintained. A friendly school aiderather than a uniformed security guardkeeps watch in the corridor.

Students must pass through metal detectors to enter the building. The day of our visit, one of the scanners was broken and lots of kids were late to class. The school has below average attendance, despite efforts by staff to call home when students are absent.

Students participate in sports teams with other schools in the building and share the gym, cafeteria and auditorium. They may join junior ROTC or have an internship in a bank branch on the first floor.

Special education: Gumbs, who attended an Ivy League college despite having a math-disability, believes that special needs students can excel academically He points out that a Belmont Prep valedictorian one year had dyslexia. Students in self-contained classes change rooms for each subject and have teachers who are licensed in both their subject matter and in special education. The school offers special education teacher support services (SETSS) and self-contained classes but does not offer collaborative team teaching.

Admissions:Belmont Prep is listed in the high school directory as a "screened" program. Applicants should have grades of at least 75 in their core academic classes, good attendance and standardized test scores of at least Level 2. (Clara Hemphill, May 2012)

About the students

Enrollment
412
Asian
2.9%
Black
26.2%
Hispanic
68.9%
White
1.2%
Other
0.7%
Free or reduced priced lunch
88%
Students with disabilities
21%
English language learners
9%
Male
46%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Theodore Roosevelt Educational Campus with five other schools
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
106%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
90%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
31%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
100%
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?
82%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
53%
56% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
9.0
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
78%
77% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
87%
83% 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?
90%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
91%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
87%
84% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 3 dedicated spaces for Dance, Theater, and an Auditorium
This school has 2 licensed arts teachers in Music (part-time) and Visual arts (part-time)

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
75%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
44%
49% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
69%
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?
82%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
15%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
10%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
32%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
42%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
63%
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?
77%
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?
94%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
94%
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
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
50%
60% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

College and University Transitional Seminar
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description

This early college awareness program helps students understand this transition at an early age and inform them of the academic, social, financial, and personal rewards of college, addressing their areas of concern and building on their strengths.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Calculus, AP English, AP Environmental Science, AP Spanish, AP US History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Swimming, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Softball, Volleyball

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