NYC Charter High School for Architecture, Engineering and Construction Industries (AECI)

Grades 9-12
Staff Pick

Location

838 Brook Avenue
Bronx NY 10451
Longwood (District 7)

Contact

Phone
646-400-5566
Principal
Eugene Foley

What’s Special

Students learn about the construction industry

The Downside

Lots of friction between principal and teachers

Our Review

August 2015 update: In January 2015 Charles Gallo replaced founding principal Eugene Foley. Gallo was previously principal of Bronx Theatre High School.

September 2012 review: Opened in 2008, the NYC Charter High School for Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Industries (AECI) is designed to offer students skills that will lead to careers in the construction industry.

The school had a rocky start: its founder was charged with embezzlement and the principal and virtually all its teachers left the first year, along with one-third of its students, according to news reports.

Since then, the teachers voted to join the United Federation of Teachers, making the school one of the few charters in the city that is unionizing. There appears to be considerable friction between the principal, Eugene Foley, and his staff: more than half the teachers responding to the Learning Environment Survey said they mistrust the principal and half said academic standards are low. More than half the teachers said order and discipline are poor.

On the positive side, students mostly say they feel safe. The school has above average attendance. Of 86 seniors in 2012, 67 applied to college, according to the minutes of the board of trustees. Students have been accepted at Mercy College, Adelphi, and CW Post, among others.

The school shares space with a Roman Catholic school, Sts. Peter and Paul, in the South Bronx. Sports include boys and girls basketball.

Admissions: lottery. (Clara Hemphill, news reports, September,2012)

About the students

Enrollment
425
Asian
0.5%
Black
36.7%
Hispanic
62.1%
White
0.2%
Other
0.5%
Free or reduced priced lunch
92%
Students with disabilities
24%
English language learners
12%
Male
68%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?
No
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
93%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
24%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
82%
76% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
23%
18% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
84%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
55%
56% Citywide Average

About the leadership

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
77%
77% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
91%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
72%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
91%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
77%
84% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
71%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
49%
49% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
67%
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?
93%
77% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
50%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
45%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
63%
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 English language learners graduate in 4 years?
83%
65% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
58%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
82%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
85%
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
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
90%
60% Citywide Average
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