Millennium Art Academy

Grades 9-12
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What’s Special

The arts are integrated into academic classes.

The Downside

No lockers. Few advanced classes.

Our Review

January 2015 Update: In September 2012, Herman Guy replaced Maxine Nodel as principal. Prior to his arrival at Millennium, Guy was principal of Business, Computer Applications & Entrepreneurship High School in Queens. A former ESL and social studies teacher, Guy has worked as an educator in both Los Angelos and New York City.

January 2012 Review: A hidden gem, Millennium Art Academy offers first-rate teaching, inspired leadership and a chance for high school students to learn by doing--whether they're acting out a play by Shakespeare or working on an oral history project with the elderly. Every class we visited had something interesting going on. Both kids and grown-ups seem happy and engaged. You don't need to audition to get into this school, and everyone gets good instruction in art.

Maxine Nodel, an experienced and thoughtful principal who cares passionately about her students, has led the school, housed in the Adlai Stevenson Educational Complex, since its founding in 2003. She encourages her teachers to integrate the arts into English and history classes. In one class, kids acted out scenes from Shakespeare's Julius Cesar. In another, they analyzed a painting of a knight slaying a dragon to better understand a poem. A history teacher showed examples of propaganda--a heroic portrait of Lenin--and asked the students to compare it to a campaign poster for President Obama. [Herman Guy replaced Maxine Nodel as principal after our visit.]

Many students enter 9th grade with poor reading skills, but teachers don't dumb down the curriculum. Instead, teachers use works of art to illustrate complicated ideas and ask students to read aloud key passages so everyone can understand.

Nodel is particularly proud of a program that introduces teenagers to elderly people in nursing homes. The students interview the seniors about their lives--and learn history in the process.

The school had very high rates of attendance and graduation in its early years, but both have declined in recent years. Nodel says budget cuts and increased class sizes have taken their toll. While the school appeared orderly the day of our visit and the suspension rate is low, students say there are sometimes fights in the building. Students must pass through metal detectors and the building entrance. Another downside: there aren't a lot of advanced classes, and kids don't have lockers. Still, Millennium Art Academy is the strongest school in the Stevenson campus and one of the most interesting in the Bronx.

Special education: About 20 percent of students receive special education services. The school offers collaborative team teaching as well as self-contained classes.

Admissions: educational option formula designed to ensure a mix of local, average and high achieving students. There are far more applicants than seats. (Clara Hemphill, Janauary 2012; update by Laura Zingmond, January 2015)

About the students

Enrollment
447
Asian
1.6%
Black
26.0%
Hispanic
70.5%
White
0.9%
Other
1.1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
100%
Students with disabilities
28%
English language learners
7%
Male
46%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Adlai E. Stevenson Educational Campus with six other schools
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
76%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
83%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
45%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
91%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
37%
37% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
83%
85% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
63%
57% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
4.0
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
94%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
100%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
96%
80% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
86%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
97%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
100%
86% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 3 dedicated spaces for Visual and Media arts
This school has 4 licensed arts teacher in Visual arts (part-time) and Music

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
77%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
55%
54% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
79%
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?
67%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
7%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
14%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
14%
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?
51%
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?
55%
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?
82%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
96%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
94%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
97%
90% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
56%
60% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Millennium Art Academy
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description

The school's mission is to promote artistic expression, support academic excellence and empower student advocacy.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Football, Outdoor Track, Soccer

Girls PSAL teams

Badminton, Basketball, Indoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

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NYC Department of Education: School Finder

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Location

1980 Lafayette Avenue
Bronx NY 10473
Castle Hill (District 8)
Trains: N/A
Buses: Bx22, Bx27, Bx36, Bx39, Bx5, BxM8

Contact

Phone
718-824-0978
Principal
Herman Guy
Parent Coordinator
Glendalys Melendez

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