Bronxdale High School

Grades 9-12
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What’s Special

Projects, field trips and warm rapport between students and teachers

The Downside

High rates of chronic absenteeism

Our Review

At Bronxdale High School, students may plant trees to protect the coastline from storms, learn to cook gourmet meals, or create artwork designed to foster a peaceful community. Classes are smallabout 22 studentsand meet for 90 minutes instead of the usual 43. Class discussions, not lectures, are the norm, and students are more likely to take part in projects than to read textbooks. To graduate, students must prepare an interdisciplinary Capstone Project, similar to a college thesis paper.

The school encourages students to be kind to one another and to resolve their differences peacefully. BronxdaIe uses "restorative justice" rather than traditional punishments when students misbehave. Students learn to take responsibility for their actions and make amends to a person they have wronged in "restorative circles," or discussion groups where everyone can be heard. An annual Peace Rally is a full day of workshops aimed at "creating a culture of peace." Students make artwork about the kind of community they want, according to the school's website.

Opened in the Christopher Columbus Campus in 2011, Bronxdale has seen its enrollment steadily increase since Carolyne Quintana became principal in 2012. Teachers and parents are enthusiastic about the leadership and the tone of the school, according to school surveys.

"I have really been blown away by the unanimous support and love given to every student from every teacher," a staff member wrote to InsideSchools. "Social-emotional support isn't just something I believe in, but it's a school wide goal which fosters incredible student-teacher relationships, and teacher-teacher relationships."

Students take trips to the American Museum of Natural History, the African Burial Ground and the Museum of Modern Art. In the fall of 2016, students planted trees in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge to make the coastline more resilient in case of hurricanes. Students in the culinary arts program prepare a three-course meal and student dancers offer entertainment at an annual dinner for community members.

Many students enter 9th grade with weak academic skills, and many are chronically absent. Teachers work hard to fill in the gaps. They assign different books to different students to accommodate a range of abilities. In one English class, for example, students read and discussed books such as Fences, To Kill a Mockingbird, A Raisin in the Sun and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indiansome easy, some harder. Students spend two years mastering algebra, rather than the typical one year, according to the Quality Review. The school's graduation rates is higher than the citywide average, but many graduates must take remedial classes if they go on to college, according to Department of Education statistics.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: There are ICT (Integrated Collaborative Teaching) classes in the core content areas. Advisors also give individual attention to special education students. English language learners get extra support during project time.

ADMISSIONS: Priority to Bronx students or residents who attend an information session. (Clara Hemphill, DOE statistic and web reports, January 2017)

About the students

Enrollment
445
Asian
3.6%
Black
30.1%
Hispanic
58.2%
White
7.0%
Other
1.1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
78%
Students with disabilities
22%
English language learners
8%
Male
54%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Christopher Columbus Educational Campus with four other schools
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
75%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
82%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
50%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
61%
76% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
19%
18% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
80%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
47%
56% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
4.1
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?
90%
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?
41%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
87%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
95%
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, Visual arts, and an Auditorium
This school has 3 licensed arts teachers in Dance (part-time), Visual arts (part-time), and Music

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
78%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
53%
49% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
72%
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?
76%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
3%
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?
4%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
17%
41% 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?
60%
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?
77%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
93%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
93%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
97%
89% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
60%
60% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Bronxdale High School
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP Economics, AP English, AP US Government and Politics, AP US History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Football, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Gymnastics, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

Golf

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