Eximius College Preparatory Academy: A College Board School

Grades: 9-12
Staff Pick for Special Ed Noteworthy

Our Insights

What’s Special

Safe school with a consistent approach to instruction

The Downside

Working to raise college readiness rate

Eximius Preparatory Academy largely lives up to the meaning of its exalted Latin name, “most excellent.” Most children graduate on time in this safe, well-run school, including the many with disabilities, who make up almost one-fourth of the school population.

The school was founded in 2005, as part of an initiative by the College Board, a not-for-profit that helps under-served children gain access to higher education. About two-thirds of the graduates enroll in either two-year or four-year colleges, however, roughly the same number may need extra help to catch up in college, according to school data. 

The teaching in the high school is consistent and of high quality, according to the Quality Review, a report compiled by a city reviewer after two days observing classes and interviewing staff, students and parents. The reviewer praised the fact that students could answer questions about what they were studying and why it was important. In most classes, they annotated text as they read and cited evidence to support their claims. 

In a 12th-grade physics class, children studied the relationship between energy and power, the reviewer said and explained how they could apply this knowledge to solve everyday problems such as maintaining and designing roller coasters. 

In a 12th-grade math class, children worked in groups according to skill level so they could tackle problems that weren’t too hard or too easy. In a 10th grade English class, children grouped themselves according to their ease, or confusion about, the homework the night before. 

Advanced students may take a college course or choose from among several advanced placement classes. The school offers visual arts classes for all grades,  these include drawing and painting, art history, and a 3-Dimensional design course, in which children explore a variety of sculpture using plaster, clay, paper, and other materials. A handful of theater and music performances take place during the year as well, according to the Arts in Schools report.

Children must do three community service projects a year, either in school or in the community. These projects help children feel more connected to the school community, according to the comprehensive educational plan and must reflect the school’s core values. Uniforms are mandatory.

Principal Jonathan Daly took the helm of the Eximius in 2011 when the school had a reputation for fights and disorganization. Under his leadership, satisfaction, safety and order have improved. The suspension rate is at about the citywide average. 

Daly was formerly assistant principal at Pelham Preparatory Academy. He has taught special education and science. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Concordia College, two masters degrees (education, leadership) from Mercy College and St. Rose College, and a doctorate in leadership from Concordia.

Eximius was featured on PBS for outperforming similar schools with low-income populations in college enrollment. At least twelve students earned partial or full scholarships to New York University, according to the documentary. 

Admissions: Educational Option. The school seeks a range of low-, middle- and high-achievers. Applicants should demonstrate an interest by visiting the school at a high school fair or open house. The school does a one-on-one interview and asks children to do an on-site writing exercise. There are many more applicants than seats. Priority to Bronx students and residents. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, October 2018)

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
89%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
75%
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
 
83%
Average daily attendance
 
87%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
37%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

397
Number of students
644 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
81%
Students with disabilities
 
26%
Multilingual learners
 
8%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
0%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
96%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
30%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
15%
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
 
70%
10.0
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
131
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
157 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity


How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
80%
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 2021 Guidance Counselor Report and this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Advanced Courses

Which students have access to advanced courses at this school? Learn more

Calculus

 
7%

Computer Science

 
27%

Physics

Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

 
23%

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
36%

AP/IB Math or Science

Not offered in 2019-20

Music

Not offered in 2019-20
From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2019-20 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

School
Citywide
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
 
61%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
87%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
53%
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
How many graduates of this school received Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) funding to attend a NYS college?
 
42%
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2011-12 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

Eximius College Preparatory Academy: A College Board School

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP United States History, AP Microeconomics, AP English Language and Composition, AP World History: Modern, AP Spanish Literature and Culture

Boys PSAL teams

Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Soccer

Girls PSAL teams

Badminton, Basketball, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

Stunt

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools

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Contact & Location

Location

1363 Fulton Avenue
Bronx NY 10456

Trains: N/A

Buses: Bx11, Bx15, Bx17, Bx21, Bx35, Bx41, Bx41-SBS


Contact

Principal: Jonathan Daly

Parent Coordinator: Virginia Luciano

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares a building with the Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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