Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music, The
Bronx NY 10468
Terrific musical training
Academics could be more challenging
Celia Cruz High School of Music, housed in the Walton Educational Complex, offers students great opportunities to perform at places such as Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. Students take many of their music classes at nearby Lehman College.
The schools award-winning musical groups include a Latin jazz essemble, a vocal jazz ensemble [see photo from Lehman College] and one of the best choirs in the city.
Its an incredibly impressive music program, said Cass Conrad, an official with the City University of New York who provides support to the school. The focus of the school is really grounded in performance.
[Jerrod Mabry, former assistant principal, was named principal in March, 2013. He replaced founding Principal William Rodriguez, who retired after an investigation found he charged overtime for attending student performances.]
Under Rodriguez, teachers complained of low academic standards, poor leadership and problems with order and discipline. But Mabry pointed to improved performance on the 2012-13 Learning Environment Survey as a sign he was turning things around.]
Students say they feel safe in class, but there are some concerns about the area around the school, according to the survey. Students must pass through metal detectors to enter the building, which is shared with other small schools. About 60 percent of the students are girls and 40 percent are boys.
Special education: The school has limited special education services
Admissions: Audition. Details about the audition can be obtained at the open houses offered in the evening and on a Saturday in October. (Clara Hemphill, interview, web reports, and statistics, September 2012, updated September 2013)
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Programs and Admissions
Small group instruction on band instruments. Participation in three concert bands and jazz band; Latin Band, Music Theory, Music History, Sight Singing, and Piano. Preparation for state competitions. Evaluations in solo and ensemble work.
Students perform in Chorale, Show Choir, Select Choir, and Womens Choir. Music Theory, Music History, Sight Singing, and Piano. Preparation for state competitions. Evaluations in solo and ensemble work.
Small group instruction on orchestral instruments. Participation in three String Orchestras and Full Orchestra. Electives in Music Theory, Music History, Sight Singing, and Piano. Preparation for state competitions. Evaluations in solo and ensemble work.
Advanced Placement (AP) courses
AP Biology, AP Economics, AP English, AP Spanish
Boys PSAL teams
Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Volleyball
Girls PSAL teams
Basketball, Bowling, Softball, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball