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Eximius College Preparatory Academy: A College Board School

Grades: 9-12
Staff Pick for Special Ed Noteworthy
1363 Fulton Avenue
Bronx NY
Phone: 718-992-7154

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)

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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?
85%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
93%
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
27%
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?
97%
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2%
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?
67%
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
7.9

How do students perform academically?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
80%
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
44%
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
32%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
75%
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
393
Asian
2%
Black
33%
Hispanic
63%
White
0%
Other
3%
Free or reduced priced lunch
84%
Students with disabilities
24%
English language learners
8%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
89%
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
39%
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?
57%
66% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
82%
68% Citywide Average


For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Programs & Admissions

From the 2020 High School Directory

Eximius College Preparatory Academy: A College Board School
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Academics

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

Sports

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
NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location

Location

Claremont Village (District 9)
Trains: N/A
Buses: Bx11, Bx15, Bx17, Bx21, Bx35, Bx41, Bx41-SBS

Contact

Principal
Jonathan Daly
Parent Coordinator
Virginia Luciano

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with the Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics
Metal detectors?
No

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