School of Performing Arts

Grades 6-8

Location

977 Fox Street
Bronx NY 10459
Longwood (District 12)
Trains: 2, 5 to Intervale Ave ; 6 to Hunts Point Ave
Buses: Bx11, Bx17, Bx19, Bx27, Bx35, Bx4, Bx46, Bx4A, Bx5, Bx6

Contact

Phone
718-589-4844
Principal
Dionne Williams
Parent Coordinator
Julia Ortiz

Zone for the 2017-2018 school year. Call school to confirm.

What’s Special

Some staff are very dedicated

The Downside

Concerns about order and discipline

Our Review

Many students arrive at IS 217 with low skills but staffers work hard to give them a fair chance. Programs include a reward system for behavior and attendance, a partnership with Creative School Services to boost literacy, and acting classes provided by the Stella Adler Studio.

The school is in a high poverty area and teachers face many challenges, according to posts written by former IS 217 teacher Laura Klein for the New York Times: Most of them are out for at least one day a week, and its not uncommon for them to disappear for a week or a month at a time. They miss class for a variety of reasons - health - their own or their families, or a lack of supervision at home... Sometimes they will miss a month or two to travel out of the country to visit family. And, at least one time a year, one or two students will stop coming to school because they fear for their safety. Most of the children are behind in reading and other skills, she wrote, and class size is large.

Former principal Seth Litt provided stable leadership for a few years but left his position to found a school for struggling older students in 2012 called ROADS Charter High School 2. Maiysha Etienne took the helm, and while it is too soon to say how she will fare in the long run, the Learning Environment Survey shows that 87% of teachers do not feel that order and discipline are maintained.

IS 217 has several bilingual classes for the many Spanish-speaking students, and hosts workshops for parents on a variety of topics. Children with special needs learn in team-taught classes with their general education peers. In her blog, Klein praised the work of the schools dedicated paraprofessionals who work side-by-side with children who have special needs.

IS 217 is one of two mid-sized schools created when IS 116, a big, struggling middle school closed in September 2002. One of the smaller schools (IS 216) was phased out due to poor performance eight years later.

The building now houses Entrada Academy and South Bronx Classical Charter School. The charter requires children to wear uniforms and offers longer hours and extra days in the school year. All children must pass through a metal detector at the entrance.

Admissions: Neighborhood school (Lydie Raschka, web reports, October 2013)

About the students

Enrollment
299
Asian
2.7%
Black
32.8%
Hispanic
63.2%
White
0.3%
Other
1.0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
93%
Students with disabilities
29%
English language learners
17%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with the South Bronx Classical Charter School, New York Center for Autism Charter School Bronx, and Entrada Academy
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
84%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
91%
93% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
32%
20% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
30%
78% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
76%
50% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
67%
83% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
17%
43% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
0.2
6.0 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
36%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
73%
89% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
36%
83% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
78%
72% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
95%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
24%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
41%
87% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Test scores

How many students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
10%
27% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
18%
35% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 2 dedicated spaces for Dance and Music
This school has 0 licensed arts teacher in Dance, Music, Theater or Visual arts

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
53%
76% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
59%
61% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
57%
72% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
0%
26% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
81%
84% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
HS of World Cultures, Monroe Academy for Visual Arts & Design, and The Metropolitan Soundview HS
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
3%
3% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
23%
42% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
Average math score for ICT students
1.84
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
1.81
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.75
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
1.96
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
1.8
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
1.96
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
61%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
77%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
86%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
83%
89% Citywide Average
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