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Longwood Preparatory Academy

Grades: 9-12
965 Longwood Avenue
Bronx NY
Phone: 718-860-1242

Our Insights

What’s Special

Strong leadership; longer school day; students learn audio engineering and app development

The Downside

School is moving in right direction but has a ways to go

Longwood Preparatory Academy (Longwood Prep) in the Bronx is a small high school making some big strides thanks to strong leadership and supportive programs for students.

Principal Asya Johnson is a former special education teacher who has worked in both traditional public and charter schools and once served as the director of special education for District 79, which focuses on alternative high schools and programs for older students in New York City. 

When Johnson arrived in January 2016, the school, formerly known as Banana Kelly High School, was struggling with a high dropout rate and absenteeism, low staff morale and rapid turnover of leadership (Johnson was the school’s fifth principal in five years). Since then, courses and activities have been added, the number of incoming 9th-graders has more than doubled and the school adopted a new name to reflect a new beginning. Teachers also say they like and respect Johnson, based on their responses to the NYC school survey and reporting by Chalkbeat, which described Johnson’s office as being lined with laudatory notes from staff. 

Longwood Prep receives extra funding and support as part of the city's Renewal and Community Schools program aimed at improving low-performing schools, The additional resources have been a boon to the school, helping Johnson and staff tackle challenges and expand opportunities for students.

All students participate in CTE (career and technical education) that emphasizes media, technology and design. Ninth-graders take a class in digital literacy that introduces them to a range of software. Tenth-graders choose between two paths they stick with through graduation: app development or audio engineering.

A “student success center” is staffed by a full-time college counselor as well as student mentors who are trained to lead workshops on topics such as why GPA (grade point average) matters when applying to college.

Motivated students can earn college credit by taking Advanced Placement and College Now courses.  All students learn Spanish.

Attendance, which has improved but still has a ways to go, is monitored very closely. Teachers are paired with struggling students to keep tabs on them, and all students are given incentives to show up each day. For instance, they accumulate points for good attendance that they exchange for rewards such as skipping a homework assignment or dressing down for the day. To get kids to show up on a sub-freezing day in early January, the school served hot chocolate and doughnuts as a morning treat.

Classes run for an hour, which is longer than the typical 42-minute period, and the school day runs until 4 p.m. The longer classes and school day allow teachers more time to deliver lessons and schedule extra help for all. For example, in addition to daily classes in algebra, 9th-graders take a math modeling course twice a week that addresses gaps in their foundation skills. Academic tutoring as well as prep for Regents exams and the SAT are offered after school and on Saturdays.

All students attend small-group advisory sessions where they discuss issues and engage in activities that focus on character development and conflict resolution. Upperclassmen also serve as mentors to incoming freshmen.

There’s a nice range of after-school clubs and activities thanks to partnerships with outside organizations such as a poetry and theater program through Urban Word, a painting club through Public Color, and art, dance and academic help though Bronx Community College. Through a grant to create calm mindfulness spaces in high schools, Longwood Prep installed a state-of-the-art audio booth, where students can express themselves by recording and sharing music with their peers.

ADMISSIONS: Priority to Bronx students and residents. Admissions decisions are based on the educational option formula, which is designed to attract a mix of low-, average- and high-performing students. (Laura Zingmond, interview and web reports, January 2018)

 

 

 

 

 

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School Stats

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

Is this school safe and well-run?

From 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
84%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
88%
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
46%
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
97%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
91%
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
4%
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
49%
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
3.5

How do students perform academically?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
70%
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
30%
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
22%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
40%
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
328
Asian
0%
Black
30%
Hispanic
68%
White
0%
Other
1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
89%
Students with disabilities
30%
English language learners
16%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
83%
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
52%
38% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
50%
66% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
40%
68% Citywide Average


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Programs & Admissions

From the 2020 High School Directory

Longwood Preparatory Academy
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

Career and Technical Education classes (CTE) in Graphic Arts, Web Design and Multi-media. Freshman mentoring program, college trips and career exploration beginning in 9th grade.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English Literature and Composition, AP United States History, AP Environmental Science

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Softball

Coed PSAL teams

Stunt

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools
NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location

Location

Longwood (District 8)
Trains: 2 Line, 5 Line to Prospect Ave; 6 Line to Longwood Ave
Buses: Bx17, Bx19, Bx4, Bx46, Bx4A, Bx5, Bx6, Bx6-SBS

Contact

Principal
Asya Johnson
Parent Coordinator
Devin Carthan

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with the Holcombe L. Rucker School of Community Research
Metal detectors?
No

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