Democracy Prep Bronx Prep Charter School

Grades 5-12
Staff Pick

Location

3872 Third Avenue
Bronx NY 10457
Claremont Village (District 9)

Contact

Phone
718-294-0841
Principal
Emmanuel George

What’s Special

Every student is admitted to at least one college

The Downside

Long school day may not appeal to some

Our Review

UPDATE MARCH 2016:Bronx Prep Charter became part of the Democracy Prep Charter network in 2015. The executive director is Emmanuel George; the principal is Lourdes Flores.

2013 REVIEW: Founded in 2000 in one of the city's poorest neighborhoods, Bronx Preparatory Charter School admits children in 5th grade and works with them through high school until every student is accepted into a four-year college.

The school day is long to allow time for homework and internships, but attendance is good. Fifth-grade teachers review the basics, like phonics and multiplication, so the majority of children are on the same page before moving on to harder material.High school studentscalled visionairies and luminariesmay take AP calculus, English, Spanish, biology or statistics.Students take Regent's exams in all of their core subjects.

Parents are welcome at the school, and must sign an agreement to back good student behavior. Some classes are traditional, with desks in rows and students in uniforms, but some lessons are also interactive with discussion and hands-on projects. [photo from the school'swebsite]

The school offers a wide range of enticing-looking clubs and activities, including book club, double dutch, step team, cheerleading, knitting, Latino dance, math team, piano, robotics, choir, volleyball, softball, flag football, basketball, baseball and soccer. Thevery active theater group has performed many full-scale musicals over the years includingIn the Heights,Guys and Dolls,The King and I,AladdinandThe Wiz. See photos of performanceshere.The speech and sports teams travel to compete and have won awards.

The Learning Environment Survey has shown some dissatisfaction in the areas of safety and respect. Half the students say kids don't treat adults with respect. Most teachers say they look forward to work each day and trust the principals, but two-thirds report kids aren't getting the organizational and study skills needed for college.

Test scores in the middle school are below average and the four-year high school graduation rate is only slightly above the city-wide average, but the six-year graduation rate is an impressive 92 percent. Students may not graduate from Bronx Prep until they are accepted into at least one college.

College acceptances include Georgetown, NYU, Holy Cross, Syracuse, Fordham, SUNY-Albany, CUNY-City College, Hunter College and Lehman. Students have been admitted to Harvard, Stanford and other Ivy League schools.

Founder Kristin Kearns Jordan graduated magna cum laude from Brown University. She was executive director of Bronx Prep until 2007. The current interim head of school is Edwina Branch Smith.Fred Givens became high school principal in 2010, left to open a charter school in New Jersey, then returned to lead Bronx Prep again in 2012. The middle school principal is Jacqueline King-Robinson.

Admissions: A lottery is held in April. Priority is given to District 9 residents. Applications are available in January. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, October 2013; updated March 2016)

About the students

Enrollment
712
Asian
0.3%
Black
49.7%
Hispanic
48.5%
White
0.7%
Other
0.8%
Free or reduced priced lunch
84%
Students with disabilities
12%
English language learners
6%

About the school

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

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?
15%
27% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
82%
74% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
18%
22% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
87%
82% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
43%
48% Citywide Average

About the leadership

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
65%
77% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
74%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
73%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
61%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
72%
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?
31%
30% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
28%
35% Citywide Average

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
71%
68% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
50%
52% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
71%
68% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
9%
38% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
74%
87% 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?
87%
83% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
14%
38% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
49%
48% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
90%
71% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

Average math score for ICT students
2.07
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.4
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
2.05
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.41
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
2.04
2.2 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.12
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
55%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
71%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
73%
89% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
64%
87% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
67%
67% Citywide Average
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