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Bronx Community High School
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Small class sizes and lots of adult attention; paid internship program.
Attendance is a constant struggle.
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)Read more