Archimedes Academy for Math, Science and Technology Applications

Grades 6-12

What’s Special

Creative house system assigns students a single adult adviser guides their progress through graduation.

The Downside

Far from nearest subway

Our Review

Like the Greek mathematician for whom their school is named, educators at Archimedes Academy for Math, Science and Technology Applications believe that given a solid footing, anyone might move the world. That philosophy has led to a combination middle school and high school where a focus on math, science and technology goes hand-in-hand with a commitment to understanding students' needs.

"Every kids a known quantity, said Miriam Lazar, Archimedess principal and founder. Thats partly because students in the small Bronx high school often have been at Archimedes since sixth grade. But its also because all students join a school "house" where they remain for their academic career (a concept familiar to any Harry Potter fan). Each house has adult advisers who get to know eight to 15 students well, teach them proper behavior, guide them toward graduation, and generally prevent them from falling through the cracks.

Lazar said teachers watch for early signs students aren't keeping pace and quickly help them keep up. "We say graduation starts now, in ninth grade." Archimedes's staff also tries to make school fun, and as a result boasts a high attendance rate. They'd rather be here than somewhere else," Lazar said.

Lazar, a 1984 graduate of Stuyvesant High School and a former chemistry, physics and math teacher, designed Archimedes to serve students from grades 6 to 12, but students can transfer in or out before ninth grade. Fifty-five out of 108 students in the inaugural class chose to stay in 2009, Lazar said, "and another 10 or so came crawling back" after a short time in a different school.

Classroom instruction favors projects "based on research that kids learn best by doing,"Lazar said. Educators work to incorporate math, science and technology into all subjects. In one Spanish class, advanced students studied on computers while beginners worked with the teacher, then after 30 minutes the two groups switched seats. However, during our visit we observed more teachers using dry-erase boards than computerized white boards.

The school inverts the typical science sequence, teaching physics in ninth grade, followed by chemistry and then biology. Physical education options include fencing, boxing and Latin dance.

Archimedes shares the Eugene T. Maleska campus with the Womens Academy of Excellence and Bronx Mathematics Preparatory School. The building sits in a leafy but remote area of the Bronx some 20 blocks from the nearest subway (Lazar said some students need three buses to reach campus). Parental involvement is low, and students often "come with a lot of baggage," Lazar said. The school is 60 percent male.

Special education: Students who qualify for special education are mainstreamed into regular classrooms, with major subjects taught by teams.

Lazar acknowledges the school is a work in progress. During a visit in early October, school bells malfunctioned, headphones had yet to arrive for some classroom computers, and most students were not yet wearing their required uniforms. However, halls and classrooms seemed orderly, and most students appeared focused and engaged. The staff is young, but Lazar is confident they will grow along with the school. We're constantly looking and tweaking and adapting,Lazar said. "We try to constantly improve."(Skip Card, October 2010)

About the students

Enrollment
692
Asian
8.4%
Black
31.8%
Hispanic
56.7%
White
2.0%
Other
1.2%
Free or reduced priced lunch
79%
Students with disabilities
26%
English language learners
10%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Eugene T. Maleska Educational Campus with two other schools
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
85%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
85%
90% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
43%
27% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
40%
75% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
56%
45% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
70%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
31%
49% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
9.0
5.8 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
60%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
74%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
66%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
74%
70% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
55%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
64%
84% 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?
8%
29% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
28%
38% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 0 dedicated spaces for the arts.
This school has 3 licensed arts teacher in Music and Theater

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
54%
68% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
46%
56% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
52%
69% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Living Environment
How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
46%
38% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
85%
87% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Archimedes Academy for Math, Science and Technology Applications and Bronxdale HS
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
58%
83% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
0%
13% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
8%
4% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
20%
38% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
26%
48% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
47%
71% 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 score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
5%
3% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
46%
43% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
31%
65% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
Average math score for ICT students
1.69
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
1.79
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.8
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.0
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
1.93
2.2 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.19
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
62%
67% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
82%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
88%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
89%
89% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
35%
67% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Archimedes Academy for Math, Science and Technology for New Students
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description

Student science sequence for on track/honors students 9-12 begins with Physics 9, Chemistry 10, followed by College Biology in grade 11 and College Forensic Science in Grade 12. Math Sequence Alg I CC, Alg II CC, Geometry, College Statistics & Probability. There is the potential to earn up to a semester or more of College Credit through the SUPA program which has over a 92% acceptance rate at colleges and Universities across the country.

Archimedes Academy for Math, Science and Technology for Current Students
Admissions Method: For Continuing 8th Graders
Program Description

For continuing eighth grade students. Student science and math sequence for on track/honors students is the same as the Ed-Opt Students not performing at grade level standards follow a more traditional sequence and are provided with more remedial supports to get them back on track.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Fencing

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Softball, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

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Location

456 White Plains Road
Bronx NY 10473
Clason Point (District 8)
Trains: N/A
Buses: Bx22, Bx27, Bx36, Bx39, Bx5

Contact

Phone
718-617-5046
Principal
Miriam Lazar
Parent Coordinator
Patricia Appleton

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