Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation

Grades 6-12

What’s Special

Trips to zoos, parks and the Bronx River

The Downside

Working to improve test scores along with discipline

Our Review

UA School for Wildlife Conservation, sometimes dubbed the "zoo school" for its work with the Bronx Zoo, aims to nudge kids in the direction of careers in science by getting them outside exploring the world.

Students leave the building at least once a month to explore parks, zoos and aquariums. They monitor the water quality in the Bronx River, plant trees in Van Cortland Park and help out in a community garden. The school offers electives in marine biology and environmental science.

Many students come in with low skills and test scores have a ways to go. Those who lag behind can get extra support in the extended day program.

Once on a list of schools with the most suspensions in the city, teachers have learned strategies for curbing bad behavior, through their work with a group called Turnaround for Children. The school has seen a dramatic change in satisfaction rates among students, teachers and parents on surveys provided by the city.

See the chess club, and samples of student photography on the school'swebsite. [photo above from the website]

Principal Latir Primus replaced long-time principal Mark Ossenheimer in 2014, when Ossenheimer left to become director of the Office of School Quality at the Department of Education. Primus is a graduate of Baruch and City University of New York. He has worked as a 7th grade English language arts teacher, a middle school dean, and was the assistant principal at UASWC for three and a half years.

The school is housed in PS 67. Urban Assembly is a non-profit group that helps create college prep schools in under-served neighborhoods.

Admissions:Limited unscreened, priority to Bronx residents(Lydie Raschka, web reports and DOE data, November 2013; new principal update December 2014)

About the students

Enrollment
585
Asian
1.2%
Black
24.6%
Hispanic
71.3%
White
2.1%
Other
0.9%
Free or reduced priced lunch
100%
Students with disabilities
27%
English language learners
12%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with PS 67
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
93%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
84%
90% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
48%
27% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
46%
74% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
34%
22% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
75%
82% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
34%
48% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
0.6
5.8 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
69%
77% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
69%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
64%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
53%
70% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
46%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
63%
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?
8%
30% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
10%
35% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 1 dedicated space for Visual arts
This school has 4 licensed arts teachers in Visual arts (part-time) and Music

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
59%
68% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
44%
52% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
52%
68% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
16%
38% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
84%
87% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
73%
83% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
4%
13% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
4%
4% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
27%
38% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
23%
48% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
57%
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 former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
0%
7% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
80%
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
1.86
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.02
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.83
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.06
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
1.96
2.2 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.1
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
56%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
92%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
92%
89% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
92%
87% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
63%
67% Citywide Average
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Programs and Admissions

Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English, AP Environmental Science, AP Studio Art

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