Bronx Community High School

Grades 9-12

What’s Special

Small class sizes and lots of adult attention; paid internship program.

The Downside

Attendance is a constant struggle.

Our Review

Vision: This transfer school gives older students a fresh start to earn their diplomas.

Reality: This small school in the Stevenson Complex offers students who are behind in their studies a fast-track to get their high school diploma.

Theres lots of hand-holding and individual attention. Class size is about 20.

Students feel safe and say the adults at the school want them to succeed, according to the Learning Environment Survey.

The school doesnt work for everyone: on our visit, we noticed a few students sleeping in class and others disrespecting their teachers. But we also saw many students engaged in their work and contributing to classroom discussions. Attendance is pooras it is at most transfer schools.

Classes operate on a trimester schedule, so students can earn credits faster than they would at a traditional high school. Academics are focused on Regents prep. Good Shepherd Services provides counselors to help students with any non-academic problems that may have contributed to their lack of success at other schools.

Counselors keep tabs on student attendancea constant struggle. The schools internship coordinator arranges paid internships and the college counselor encourages students near graduation to at least pursue two-year degrees or a vocational program. Principal Flora Greenaway says her goal is to re-engage our students and get them back on track.

Morale is up since Greenaway became principal in 2010: teachers who responded to the 2010-11 Learning Environment Survey reported a new confidence in the school leadership.

Special education: All students receive individual attention and extra help whether or not they are classified as needing special education.

Admissions: Students aged 16 to 20 may apply throughout the year. Younger students may enter without any credits; 20-year-olds must have enough credits to be able to graduate in one year. Applicants must take a reading exam, and score at a 6th grade reading level or above. The student and his or her guardian must meet with a school counselor. All students must participate in counseling sessions either privately or in groups. (Anna Schneider, January 2012)

About the students

Enrollment
180
Asian
2.8%
Black
34.4%
Hispanic
60.0%
White
1.7%
Other
1.1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
100%
Students with disabilities
17%
English language learners
3%
Male
48%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Adlai E. Stevenson Educational Campus with six other schools
Metal detectors?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
48%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
63%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
90%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
93%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
19%
37% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
96%
85% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
82%
57% Citywide Average

About the leadership

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
93%
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?
92%
80% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
94%
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 2 dedicated spaces for Dance and 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?
83%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
56%
54% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
85%
71% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
0%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
16%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the 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?
80%
68% Citywide Average
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Location

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

Contact

Phone
718-892-1026
Principal
Flora Greenaway
Parent Coordinator
Ruth Wise

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