Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music, The

Grades 9-12

What’s Special

Terrific musical training

The Downside

Academics could be more challenging

Our Review

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)

About the students

Enrollment
428
Asian
2.1%
Black
24.5%
Hispanic
68.5%
White
0.9%
Other
4.0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
86%
Students with disabilities
20%
English language learners
5%
Male
36%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Walton Educational Campus with four other schools
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
109%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
91%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
24%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
93%
76% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
15%
18% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
84%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
51%
56% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
3.3
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
92%
77% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
82%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
86%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
75%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
95%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
89%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
93%
84% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 4 dedicated spaces for Music
This school has 4 licensed arts teachers in Theater

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
72%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
49%
49% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
84%
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?
91%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
10%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
6%
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?
34%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
83%
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 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?
86%
64% 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?
82%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
78%
89% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
75%
60% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Concert Band/Piano
Admissions Method: Audition
Program Description

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.

Chorus
Admissions Method: Audition
Program Description

Students perform in Chorale, Show Choir, Select Choir, and Women’s Choir. Music Theory, Music History, Sight Singing, and Piano. Preparation for state competitions. Evaluations in solo and ensemble work.

Strings
Admissions Method: Audition
Program Description

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.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP Economics, AP English, AP Spanish

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Bowling, Softball, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball

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