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Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists

Grades: 6-12
928 Simpson Street
Bronx NY 10459
Phone: 718-893-5158

Our Insights

What’s Special

Art, dance and jazz

The Downside

Attendance and test scores have a ways to go

Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists offers dance in partnership with Alvin Ailey, Afro-Latin jazz, and art classes at Casita Maria Center for Arts Education, one of the oldest Hispanic community organizations in the city.

Bronx Studio shares a spacious building with Casita Maria, the school’s founding partner. In addition to art classes, Casita Maria offers afterschool recreation and tutoring and sponsors college trips for juniors and seniors.

Bronx Studio, founded in 2004, faces challenges. Attendance is below the citywide average, and about one-third of the children miss more than 18 days of school, which interrupts their education. A plan to improve attendance includes training parent leaders to help with parent outreach, and adding more school-wide events to welcome parents.

UNITAS, a mental health organization, provides one-on-one counseling to kids at risk of chemical substance abuse or other struggles. A UNITAS social worker and social work intern lead a group session twice a week.

Many children are behind in reading and math when they arrive and many have special needs. Instruction in the middle and high school needs to be more rigorous and consistent to get kids ready for high school and college, it says in the Quality Review report. The staff has adopted new math and science programs and hired consultants and coaches to help improve academics.

Progress is hard to see but in the school's most recent Comprehensive Educational Plan, teachers celebrated a reduction in the numbers of math students scoring Level 1 (out of 4) by 17 percent, the greatest progress in the district.

Teens who want more challenge may choose from half a dozen Advanced Placement (AP) courses such as art history and biology, and take classes at Hostos Community College. Global Kids, Inc. sponsored an eco-tour to Costa Rica. The Afro-Latin Jazz Alliance offers music classes led by professional musicians twice a week.

A full time college counselor and two interns host a senior parent night to prepare parents for the college admissions process and provide financial aid information.

ADMISSIONS: Open to District 8. Continuing 8th-graders are guaranteed a seat in the high school. New students are admitted according to the Educational Option method, which seeks to admit a range of low-, middle- and high-achievers. (Lydie Raschka, web reports and DOE data, August 2018)

 

 

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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 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
35%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
82%
84% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
54%
44% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
31%
78% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
35%
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2%
3% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
71%
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
1.9

How do students perform academically?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
14%
40% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
28%
47% Citywide Average

From 2018 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
0%
51% Citywide Average
How many students graduate in 4 years?
73%
87% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
46%
64% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
23%
55% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
63%
77% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
645
Asian
1%
Black
20%
Hispanic
77%
White
2%
Other
0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
85%
Students with disabilities
27%
English language learners
12%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
92%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
28%
20% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Uniforms required?
No

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
54%
74% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
57%
72% Citywide Average

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
4%
14% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
9%
17% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
0%
10% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
3%
5% Citywide Average


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

Programs & Admissions

From the 2020 High School Directory

Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Requirements:
  • Course Grades: English, Math, Science, Social Studies
  • Standardized Test Scores: English Language Arts, Math
  • Attendance and Punctuality

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Drawing, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP United States History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Basketball, Cross Country, Rugby, Soccer, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Cross Country, Rugby, Volleyball, Wrestling

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools
NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location

Location

Longwood (District 8)
Trains: 2 Line, 5 Line to Simpson Street; 6 Line to Hunts Point Ave
Buses: Bx11, Bx17, Bx19, Bx27, Bx35, Bx4, Bx46, Bx4A, Bx5, Bx6, Bx6-SBS

Contact

Principal
Dawn Verhille
Parent Coordinator
Iris Alicea

Other Details

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No

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