Bronx Compass High School

Grades 9-12
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What’s Special

Learning academics though themes; lap tops for all

The Downside

New school with no track record

Our Review

Bronx Compass is for creative kids who like art, science and technology and want a say in how and what they will learn. Students create films, songs, and a digital magazine for a student-run company called Dragon Entertainment.

Opened in 2012, Bronx Compass allows students to explore different themes. The themes are digital/fine art, game design, music production, technology and engineering. By 11th grade they will focus on just one. Each student does an internship, takes classes related to the theme and completes a masters project. All students have access to a laptop computer.

Themes are taught during the school day, in after school workshops and incorporated into academic lessons. Students might write songs and make short films in humanities or use graphic design in math and science. The goal, founding Principal Stacy McCoy told us at a March 2012 high school fair, is to engage students in all their coursework by leveraging their interests.

McCoy taught at Bronx Guild, a small high school where children complete projects and internships based on their interests. She ran a digital media workshop for BG seniors that culminated in a festival of student-made films. She is also a painter, filmmaker and musician. I love art and the theme [of the new school] represents what I love, she said. Bronx Guild is located in the Stevenson Educational Complex, where Bronx Compass is also located.

With a school so focused on art and technology, a lot depends on finding multi-talented staff, and training them. Speaking on the Brian Lehrer Show, McCoy said the biggest challenge in opening a new school was finding talented staff.

Fortunately, Bronx Compass has two good partnerships. One is iZone360, a group of educators that help schools with planning and design - particularly schools that are committed to personalized learning. (One of the perks of being chosen as an Izone school is that every student gets to use a laptop.) The Institute for Student Achievement (ISA), provides support for teachers and parents, and helps teens with college readiness.

The Stevenson complex houses nine small schools that share sports teams, a library and a cafeteria. While some of the schools are performing well, two are being phased out. Students must pass through metal detectors to enter the building but on previous visits we found the atmosphere safe and welcoming.

Clubs include Tech Squad, Video Games, Fit Challenge, Campus Garden Stewards and Open Art Studios in film, music and fine art.

Admissions: Limited unscreened. Priority to Bronx students or residents who attend an information session, fair or open house. (Lydie Raschka, March 2012, interviews at the high school fair)

About the students

Enrollment
469
Asian
2.6%
Black
31.3%
Hispanic
62.7%
White
2.1%
Other
1.3%
Free or reduced priced lunch
100%
Students with disabilities
26%
English language learners
9%
Male
68%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Adlai E. Stevenson Educational Campus with six other schools
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
75%
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?
65%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
49%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
53%
37% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
76%
85% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
39%
57% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
4.0
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
98%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
88%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
86%
80% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
50%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
99%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
55%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
71%
86% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 5 dedicated spaces for Dance, Music, Theater, Visual arts, and Media arts
This school has 11 licensed arts teacher in Dance (part-time), Music (part-time), Theater (part-time), Visual arts (part-time), Music, Theater, and Visual arts

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
62%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
34%
54% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
64%
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?
70%
77% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
0%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
8%
41% 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?
61%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
100%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
90%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
90%
90% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
68%
60% Citywide Average
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Programs and Admissions

The Bronx Compass High School
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

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:
Buses: Bx22, Bx27, Bx36, Bx39, Bx5

Contact

Phone
718-828-1206
Principal
Brett Roer
Parent Coordinator
Chaunita Orellana