Bronx Latin

Grades 6-12
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Location

800 Home Street
Bronx NY 10456
Longwood (District 12)
Trains: 2, 5 to Intervale Ave
Buses: Bx11, Bx15, Bx17, Bx19, Bx21, Bx27, Bx35, Bx4, Bx4A, Bx6

Contact

Phone
718-991-6349
Principal
Annette Fiorentino

What’s Special

High expectations and inspiring teachers

The Downside

Rough neighborhood

Our Review

Small classes and high expectations are hallmarks of Bronx Latin. Even though most students enter 6th grade with poor academic skills, nearly three-quarters graduate on time.The school is a haven of inspiring teaching and rigorous academics in a historically poor, rough neighborhood, and shares the old IS 158 building withBronx Career and College PrepandDr. Richard Izquierdo Health and Science Charter School.

Former assistant principal Annette Fiorentino took the helm in 2012 and has worked to bolster academics. The school has added three new advanced placement courses to its offerings and forged a partnership with Lehman College, where students get priority summer and school-year placement in College Now courses. Bronx Latin was ranked number 27 on the New York Post's 2013 "Top 50 public schools in NYC." "We are a school on the move," says Fiorentino, who has also re-instituted the schools namesake Latin program, offering courses to 6th- and 7th-graders. Students also read works of Classical literature in their English language arts classes.

In 8th grade and at the high school level, students take four years of Spanish, including AP Spanish during their final year. The high school also offers AP history and statistics, and has plans to offer AP English next school year.

Classroom instruction was found to be lively and engaging. In a 7th-grade science class, a teacher handed out tweezers, clothespins and spoons to function as the beaks of birds on an island, and cups represented the birds stomachs. The materials were distributed along with birdseed for an experiment in which students had to determine which beak would be the most successful and why.

When the teacher advised the students to be nice birds, one asked whether that didnt go against the principle of survival of the fittest.

Yes, but in my class the birds are nice, the teacher replied amid laughter.

In a 9th-grade English class, a teacher sporting a Bronx Latin T-shirt with the words Will Power on the back led students in a lesson about thesis statements, explaining that students must prove their points by using quotes and evidence from various sources. Which you guys are getting really good at, the teacher said in an encouraging tone.

Science is bolstered by extracurricular projects. A trio of graduating seniors recently won third place at Lehman Colleges second annual Bronx SciFest in February 2014 for a project they did under the mentorship of a Lehman chemistry professor. The project involved researching the effects of chemical pollutants upon the surface of different materials used in electronics.

The winning students said they had been accepted into a number of selective colleges, such as SUNY Albany and the University of California, Riverside.

College-advising here begins as early as middle school. Signs hang outside the doors to each classroom with the names of teachers college alma maters. We push 100 percent of our students to get into college, Fiorentino said. She has also invested a sizable portion of her school budget to provide free SAT prep to the high schools juniors during a Saturday Academy.

The high school portion of Bronx Latinwhich occupies portions of the third and fourth floor of the building - earned high marks in college and career readiness from the DOE. Although only 38 percent of the schools seniors will be able to pass out of remedial coursework at the City University of New York (CUNY), this is an improvement over 17.5 percent in 2012-13.

The atmosphere is mostly one of harmonyquite literally when you consider the melodious, jazzy sounds of the student orchestrabut theres also some sporadic student discord. Physical arguments broke out twice during our visit, although in each instance school staff and security swiftly squashed the spats. "The event in the hallway is not common at Bronx Latin," says Annette Fiorentino. "I am happy that my staff responded quickly and was able to prevent an altercation." She says the matter was resolved with a parent conference.

Like a lot of small schools, Bronx Latin doen't offer much in the way of electives, but Fiorentino points out that the school offers four years of music and language, and its courses are structured for students to get advanced regents diplomas. In the high school, students can participate in baseball, basketball, co-ed soccer, softball and girls' volleyball. The middle school offers basketball and co-ed flag football.

All students wear uniforms of black or white collared shirts and beige pants or skirts.

Special education: The school offers self-contained classes in middle school and Integrated Co-Teaching classes for both middle and high school students.

Admissions: District 12 choice for middle school. Forhigh school, students who attend an open house receive preference. (Jamaal Abdul-Alim, March 2014)

About the students

Enrollment
561
Asian
1.4%
Black
19.4%
Hispanic
77.7%
White
0.9%
Other
0.5%
Free or reduced priced lunch
95%
Students with disabilities
25%
English language learners
13%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with the Dr. Richard Izquierdo Health and Science Charter School and the Bronx Career and College Prep HS
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
87%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
92%
90% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
25%
27% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
91%
74% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
19%
22% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
90%
82% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
58%
48% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
3.8
5.8 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
81%
77% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
96%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
78%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
48%
70% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
92%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
93%
83% 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?
18%
30% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
24%
35% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 0 dedicated spaces for the arts.
This school has 3 licensed arts teachers in Music and Theater

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
83%
68% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
69%
52% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
82%
68% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Earth Science
How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
12%
38% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
86%
87% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Bronx Latin
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
90%
83% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
12%
13% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
7%
4% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
44%
38% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
50%
48% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
70%
71% 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 English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
5%
4% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
8%
7% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
90%
65% 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
1.77
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
1.98
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.8
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.16
2.2 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
90%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
96%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
96%
89% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
95%
87% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
75%
67% Citywide Average
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Programs and Admissions

Bronx Latin
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Statistics, AP US History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball

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