Gotham Collaborative High School

Grades 9-12
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What’s Special

Work-study internships; students tend chickens on school farm.

The Downside

The freedom may be too much for some students.

Our Review

UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2017: Bronx Guild changed its name to Gotham Collaborative High School.

2012 REVIEW:

The vision: Treat high school students like adults.

The reality: Bronx Guild students spend two or three days a week at internships off campus. On the other days, teachers help them develop in-class projects based on their interests.

For example, a student researched the effects of cigarette advertising and, through his internship at a local community center, petitioned neighborhood bodegas to move tobacco ads to be less prominent to childrens eyes.

Students may have internships at child care centers, at an architectural firm, or even in the school garden and farm, which has a beehive and chickens.

Students have a lot of freedom and Guild has an informal, relaxed atmosphere to match. Teachers go by their first names and often form close bonds with kids and their families, says Founding Principal Sam Decker.

Incoming freshman are placed in a crew of about 18 students with one teacher, or crew leader, and that group remains together all four years. On our visit, we saw kids delving into traditional high school topics like the expansion of the Roman Empire in social studies and Pride and Prejudice in English.

Classes are small. The school has a counseling staff including a dedicated college counselor who encourages students to leave the Bronx for college. Success is mixed: about half of the students go on to college (mostly CUNYs and SUNYs) and another 30% to vocational or trade school, Decker said.

Students we met relished the independence the school offers. They get to leave early, at 1 p.m., on Wednesdays, and one junior said that extra time allowed him to hold down a part-time job (in addition to his school-arranged internship at a daycare center). Once students pass an oral presentation and show sufficient academic achievement in 10th grade, they may leave campus for lunch for the rest of their high school career. But the freedom may be too much for some students: during our visit we saw students constantly interrupt the teacher in one class and also heard some cursing.

The four-year graduation rate is in line with the city average but many students need remediation when they get to college.

Bronx Guild is housed in the Stevenson Educational Complex(formerly Adlai E. Stevenson High School). Students must pass through metal detectors to enter the building. Most students and teachers reported that they felt safe at the school on the 2011 Learning Environment Survey and, during our visit, we found the school safe and welcoming.

All students may participate in campus-wide sports teams and after school programs.

Special education: Nearly one third of the students have special education needs. Special education students are integrated into general education classes and also participate in the internship programs.

Admissions: Limited unscreened. (Anna Schneider, January 2012)

About the students

Enrollment
296
Asian
4.1%
Black
29.7%
Hispanic
63.2%
White
0.7%
Other
2.4%
Free or reduced priced lunch
100%
Students with disabilities
29%
English language learners
9%
Male
52%

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%)
85%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
78%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
67%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
75%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
49%
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?
45%
57% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
10.0
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
80%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
95%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
75%
80% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
61%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
85%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
90%
86% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 0 licensed arts teacher in Dance (part-time), Music (part-time), Theater (part-time), and Visual arts (part-time)

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
57%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
36%
54% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
63%
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?
65%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
0%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
21%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
6%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
10%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
38%
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?
60%
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?
63%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
83%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
84%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
75%
90% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
44%
60% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Gotham Collaborative
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Physics, AP U.S. History

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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Location

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

Contact

Phone
718-597-1587
Principal
David Liu
Parent Coordinator
Juan Benitez

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