Academy of Public Relations

Grades: 6-8
778 Forest Avenue
Bronx NY 10456
Phone: 718-665-8866

Our Insights

What’s Special

Experienced principal grew up in the neighborhood

The Downside

Academic achievement has a ways to go

Opened in fall 2005, the Academy of Public Relations is a small middle school that shares The Forest Avenue Campus with three other schools: another small middle school, the South Bronx Academy of Applied Media; the Jill Chaifetz Transfer High School, and a District 75 school for children with severe disabilities.

Principal Amy Andino-Flohr, who grew up just a few blocks away, has been principal since the school’s founding. She and the staff have a good rapport with parents, according to school surveys. Parents go on class trips and attend monthly brunches with the principal, according to the Quality Review.

The school has two programs, one English-only, and the other dual language, with instruction in both English and Spanish. 

Most students begin 6th grade with very weak academic skills, with many reading two to three years behind grade level. The school has adopted special, intensive programs to help them catch up, including the Middle School Quality Initiative and STARI (Strategic Adolescence Reading Intervention). Despite these efforts, academic achievement still has a ways to go.

Marquis Studio offers after-school clubs such as, Latin percussion, hip hop dance and film, according to the Comprehensive Education Plan.

The school is housed in the former IS 184, which was closed for poor performance in 2007.  

Admissions: Open to residents of District 7. Preference to Spanish-speakers for the dual language program. (Clara Hemphill, February 2019)

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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey

How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
86%
89% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
29%
27% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
93%
88% Citywide Average

From the 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2%
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
63%
80% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
16.2

How do students perform academically?

From the 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
12%
40% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
15%
44% Citywide Average

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
0%
34% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From the 2021-22 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
159
Asian
1%
Black
20%
Hispanic
79%
White
1%
Other
0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
93%
Students with disabilities
38%
English language learners
33%

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
88%
92% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
36%
26% Citywide Average

From the 2020 School Directories

Uniforms required?
No
This school offers Transitional Bilingual Education in Spanish.

How does this school serve special populations?

From the 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
3%
14% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
5%
15% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
4%
14% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
3%
6% Citywide Average


For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Contact & Location

Location

Longwood (District 7)
Trains: 6 Line to East 149th St; 2 Line, 5 Line to Prospect Ave; 2 Line, 5 Line to Jackson Ave
Buses: Bx13, Bx15, Bx17, Bx19, Bx21, Bx4, Bx46, Bx4A, Bx6

Contact

Principal
Amy Andino-Flohr
Parent Coordinator
Jossie Santisteban

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with three other schools
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No

Zone for the 2019-2020 school year. Call school to confirm.

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