Bronx High School for Writing and Communication Arts

Grades 9-12

Location

800 East Gun Hill Road
Bronx NY 10467
Williamsbridge (District 11)

Contact

Phone
718-944-5660
Principal
Terri Grey

What’s Special

Arts integrated into a unique writing curriculum.

The Downside

Discipline can be a problem.

Our Review

Students at the Bronx High School for Writing and Communication Arts may see an Off-Broadway play, put on skits that bring an historic figure to life, or write their own version of a classic play. Students work with professional writers, actors and artists as part of a partnership with Epic Theater Center, a New York City-based theatrical company.

The school prides itself on its writing focus. We are a community of writers," the High School Directory states. "Students write poetry, drama, fiction, non-fiction and songs. They write for school publications, participate in poetry slams, act in school plays, make films, create artwork and dance.

While most students say they feel safe in class, some complain of fights and one-third of teachers responding to the 2011-12 Learning Environment Survey said there are discipline problems. Students must pass through metal detectors to enter the school. iOn the positive side, 85 percent of students said that they feel welcome at school.

The school offers Advanced Placement classes in English, Spanish and Environmental Science.

Since Terri Lynn Grey, formerly principal of Brooklyn Generation School and an elementary and middle school science teacher, became principal in 2011, teacher ratings of the school culture have improved, though more than a third reported that they would not recommend this school to parents.

Afterschool, a variety of clubs are available in addition to a step team and building-wide PSAL sports.

The school opened in fall 2004 in the Evander Childs Educational Complex along with Bronx Lab School, Bronx Academy of Health Careers, High School for Contemporary Arts, Bronx Aerospace High School and High School of Computers and Technology.

Special education: The school offers SETSS (special education teacher support services) for students who need extra help.

Admission: The school gives priority to Bronx students and those who attend an information session or otherwise make contact with the school. (Aryn Bloodworth, DOE Statistics, November 2012)

About the students

Enrollment
317
Asian
3.8%
Black
45.7%
Hispanic
46.1%
White
2.5%
Other
1.9%
Free or reduced priced lunch
100%
Students with disabilities
26%
English language learners
12%
Male
51%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Evander Childs Educational Campus with five other schools
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
85%
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?
51%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
70%
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?
78%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
55%
56% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
4.9
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
84%
77% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
90%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
89%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
86%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
67%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
90%
84% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 1 dedicated space for Visual arts
This school has 1 licensed arts teacher in Music

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?
62%
49% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
73%
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?
70%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
0%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
20%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
6%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
10%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
45%
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?
64%
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?
65%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
78%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
78%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
84%
89% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
57%
60% Citywide Average
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Programs and Admissions

Bronx High School for Writing & Communication Arts
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English, AP Environmental Science, AP World History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming

Girls PSAL teams

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

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