Urban Assembly School for Careers in Sports

Grades 9-12

What’s Special

22 team sport offerings; an open door policy for parents

The Downside

Growth has resulted in increased class size

Our Review

The Urban Assembly School for Careers in Sports has a high graduation rate, an impressive array of team sports and a new building with a huge football field. When the school opened in 2002, the staff hoped to build a curriculum around athletics, but the theme has been de-emphasized in recent years as budget cuts have forced the school to concentrate scarce resources on core academics.

Instruction is mostly focused on preparing students for the Regents exams, and teaching methods are fairly traditional. The teaching ranged from fair to solid in the classes we visited, judging from the responsiveness and attentiveness of the students. Smart Boards are installed in every classroom. In one class, the teacher used the screen to demonstrate how to solve an algebra equation. In another class, however, the print on the screen was dense and hard to read in a sleep-inducing room with lowered lights.

The school enlarged its enrollment when it moved to a new building in 2010, and average class size has grown from 22 or 25 to about 29, according to Principal Felice Lepore. "What does an additional four to seven kids mean for a class?" he said, "It means a lot." On the plus side, the school now offers seniors their first Advanced Placement class, in U.S. Government. A larger enrollment also means more players for team sports: That's important for a school that has already won the city championship in football. Despite the larger enrollment, Lepore has maintained an "open door" policy for parents who want to visit a class.

Each teen is assigned an "i-mentor," a professional adult with whom they meet in person, at group events, six times a year and email at least weekly. "It's a way I can keep in contact with a guy who can probably help me," said a student. Another said, "She helps me a lot on my personal essay for college."

In turn, students mentor middle-schoolers once a week through the Urban Dove program. Project Discovery is a way to explore the outdoors and pick up gym credits. A recent immigrant from the Dominican Republic said," come from the mountains, so I already know how to climb, but camping will be new."

Twenty-two sports teams draw members from five area schools. Sports include tennis, baseball, basketball, and co-ed handball and track teams. The school is 85 percent male.

The school shares the nine-acre Mott Haven Educational Campus with New Explorers High School, Bronx Leadership Academy II High School, KIPP NYC College Prep Program, and a District 75 program. Each school has its own entrance and cafeteria. The new building has had set backs, including flooding in the gym and broken alarms.

Special education: There are five special education teachers. Their strategy is to engage students with creative lessons, mostly in Integrated Co-teaching (formerly Collaborative Team Teaching or CTT) classes. For example, the teaching team in a history class will demonstrate the Hindu principle of transformation through film clips from Beauty and the Beast.

Admission: There are no admissions requirements. Priority goes to students who attend an information session. (Lydie Raschka, October 2010)

About the students

Enrollment
560
Asian
0.7%
Black
30.0%
Hispanic
67.5%
White
1.8%
Other
0.0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
87%
Students with disabilities
25%
English language learners
10%
Male
82%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Mott Haven Educational Campus with three other schools
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
110%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
80%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
62%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
83%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
42%
37% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
89%
85% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
46%
57% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
5.4
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
100%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
91%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
100%
80% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
81%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
87%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
97%
86% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 1 dedicated space for Visual arts
This school has 1 licensed art teacher in Music

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
79%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
41%
54% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
74%
71% 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?
71%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
5%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
3%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
16%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
12%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
61%
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?
67%
65% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
65%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
92%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
92%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
91%
90% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
56%
60% Citywide Average
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Programs and Admissions

Urban Assembly School for Careers in Sports
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English Language and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP U.S. Government and Politics

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Indoor Track, Rugby, Soccer, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Golf, Outdoor Track, Rugby, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

Golf

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Location

730 Concourse Village West
Bronx NY 10451
Concourse (District 7)
Trains: 2, 4, 5 to 149th St-Grand Concourse; B, D to 161st St-Yankee Stadium
Buses: Bx1, Bx13, Bx19, Bx2, Bx32, Bx41, Bx41-SBS, Bx6, BxM4

Contact

Phone
718-292-7110
Principal
Johanny Garcia
Parent Coordinator
Leyda Mattei

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