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Westchester Square Academy

Grades: 9-12
3000 East Tremont Avenue
Bronx NY
Phone: 718-904-5050

Our Insights

What’s Special

Modeled on Brooklyn Latin

The Downside

Friction between staff and principal

Westchester Square Academy, opened in fall 2012 in the Herbert H. Lehman campus, is designed to bring the philosophy and teaching methods of one of the city's most selective schools, Brooklyn Latin, to a wider group of students. Unfortunately, there has been a rapid deterioration in the tone of the school since the founding principal left in 2016, according to school surveys.

There is friction between teachers and Principal Yira Salcedo, who arrived in 2016, according to surveys. Several parents have told us many of the school's teachers left in Salcedo’s first two years.  

On the positive side, Westchester Square Academy has maintained its original teaching methods, such as student-led discussions, called Socratic Seminars. Students learn to defend their ideas logically, to draw key ideas from their reading and to state and write their ideas clearly. Students take quarterly assessments and teachers offer lots of feedback.

Most 9th grade classes have two adults in the classroom with the addition of either a special education teacher or a humanities teacher.

Westchester has a screened honors program for students with good attendance and grades who seek more demanding coursework, including calculus, chemistry and physics. Students in the unscreened program who want to push themselves may also take pre-AP and AP classes. This "open honors" approach allows them to take just one or two AP classes if they show a willingness and demonstrate motivation. 

Students make use of Lehman’s campus-wide clubs and sports. WSA has several clubs with topics such as social justice, drama, dance and debate. It shares a cafeteria with Renaissance, another small high school in the building.

A college advisor works with classroom teachers on skills such as vocabulary development, test taking and essay writing.

The school was founded by Sara Dingledy, assistant headmaster of Brooklyn Latin, who left to be principal of Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School in fall 2016. 

Admissions: Priority to Bronx students or residents. The school seeks students with a range of academic records. Both the screened and unscreened programs require an on-site interview. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, October 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?
54%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
77%
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
50%
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
69%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
54%
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
1%
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?
43%
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
3.0

How do students perform academically?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
75%
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
50%
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
37%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
63%
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
508
Asian
7%
Black
24%
Hispanic
59%
White
10%
Other
1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
79%
Students with disabilities
21%
English language learners
9%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
82%
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
50%
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?
60%
68% Citywide Average


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Programs & Admissions

From the 2020 High School Directory

Westchester Square Academy
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

College-preparatory curriculum with a liberal arts focus.

Westchester Square Academy Honors Program
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description:

Program offers accelerated coursework, including AP courses, starting in Sophomore year. Students will have the opportunity to take advanced-level coursework, including Calculus, Chemistry, and Physics.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English Language and Composition, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Spanish Literature and Culture, AP United States History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Football, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Rugby, Soccer, Tennis, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Flag Football, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

Cricket, Stunt

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

Contact & Location

Location

Unionport (District 8)
Trains: 6 Line to Westchester Square-East Tremont Ave
Buses: Bx21, Bx24, Bx31, Bx4, Bx40, Bx42, Bx4A, Bx8

Contact

Principal
Yira Salcedo
Parent Coordinator
Eva Caceres

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Herbert H. Lehman Educational Campus with five other schools
Metal detectors?
Yes

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