Bronx Collegiate Academy

Grades 9-12

What’s Special

Fun overnight trips and a spirited faculty.

The Downside

Poor attendance and low levels of academic achievement.

Our Review

The vision: College pennants in the corridors remind everyone their goal should be finishing high school and going on to college. Overnight trips create a sense of community.

The reality: Bronx Collegiate Academy, formerly known as the Bronx Expeditionary Learning School, is one of six small schools in the Taft Educational Complex. The name of the school was changed in the summer of 2011 to reflect a new focus on preparing students for college. The administration wants to encourage students to take college-level CUNY courses, called College Now, while they are still in high school and to continue their education after they graduate.

Bronx Collegiate still has a long way to go to achieve these goals. Most kids enter 9th grade reading below grade level. Attendance is poor. While most kids say they feel safe in their classrooms, about one-third say they dont feel safe in the neighborhood around the school, according to the Learning Environment Survey. There is a high rate of student suspensions. Students must pass through metal detectors to enter the building. Theres a lot of turnover in leadership: Darryl White is the fourth principal since the school was founded in 2004.

On the positive side, the teachers are young and energetic and seem to be willing to go the extra mile to engage the kids. For example, the faculty danced on stage to Beyonce--to the wild cheers of the students--at a school awards ceremony (recorded on YouTube). On our visit, we saw teachers push kids to achieve more. In one class, students who had already passed their Regents math exam were studying more advanced algebra so they could avoid remediation at CUNY. A college counselor gave students individual attention to encourage them to apply to college. While the school is no longer affiliated with Outward Bound, students still go on overnight trips. White says its important for students to have a bonding experience each fall and he schedules trips to places like the Frost Valley YMCA camp.

Special education: About 75 students receive special education services, including some in self-contained classes and some in Collaborative Team Teaching.(Clara Hemphill, December 2011)

About the students

Enrollment
407
Asian
2.2%
Black
25.6%
Hispanic
70.5%
White
1.0%
Other
0.7%
Free or reduced priced lunch
100%
Students with disabilities
25%
English language learners
23%
Male
51%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Taft Educational Campus with five other schools
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
103%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
83%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
45%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
93%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
41%
37% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
80%
85% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
46%
57% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
5.3
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
100%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
96%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
100%
80% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
68%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
95%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
100%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
100%
86% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 0 dedicated spaces for the arts.
This school has 1 licensed art teacher in Music

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
78%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
48%
54% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
75%
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?
55%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
3%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
19%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
14%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
17%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
46%
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?
39%
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?
85%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
92%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
89%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
81%
90% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
21%
60% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Bronx Collegiate Academy
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

Develop character and community awareness through a college preparatory curriculum.

Academics

Language Courses

American Sign Language, French, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP European History, AP Spanish, AP U.S. History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Volleyball, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

Coed PSAL teams

Double Dutch

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Location

240 East 172nd Street
Bronx NY 10457
Claremont Village (District 9)
Trains: 4, B, D to 170th St
Buses: Bx1, Bx11, Bx15, Bx18, Bx2, Bx32, Bx35, Bx41, Bx41-SBS, BxM4

Contact

Phone
718-410-4077
Principal
D White
Parent Coordinator
Valeria Salazar

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