Mott Hall Bronx High School

Grades 9-12

What’s Special

Demanding curriculum to prepare for International Baccalaureate

The Downside

Some complaints of fights

Our Review

A beautiful building, a rich curriculum that includes French instruction, and a stable and committed group of teachers make Mott Hall High School a pleasant place. While many students enter high school performing below grade level, most graduate on time—a testament to hard work by both the teachers and the students themselves.

The school shares the Bathgate Educational Complex--a light and airy modern building opened in 2006--with Validus Preparatory Academy and the Urban Assembly School for Applied Math and Science. Founding Principal David Tinagero left to work at New York University’s Dubai campus in 2012. He was replaced by Kathryn Malloy, who had been the assistant principal and is a graduate of Teach for America.

“The school has a small but committed parent group and a tight-knit faculty,” said Romina Carrillo of New Visions for Public Schools, the non-profit organization that provides support to the school. Half the staff has been with the school since opened in temporary quarters in 2005, a sign of loyalty and dedication, she said. Mott Hall Bronx was modeled on the original Mott Hall middle school in Harlem, but no longer has an affiliation with that school. Students wear khaki pants or skirts and light blue shirts.

Mott Hall Bronx offers the International Baccalaureate diploma, a degree widely accepted at universities in more than 100 countries. More demanding than a standard Regents prep curriculum, the IB program requires students to show competency in a foreign language, write a 15-20 page research essay, make an oral presentation, and pass various subject exams. Only a handful of students are able to complete the IB program, and some teachers responding to the Learning Environment Survey say academic expectations could be higher. Many graduates are not prepared to do college level work without remediation. Nonetheless, the IB curriculum offers wider opportunities than many schools have.

In keeping with the international theme, a handful of students visited Nicaragua and Haiti, helping to build schools there as part of a program called BuildOn. Mott Hall Bronx was awarded a $250,000 three-year grant to boost performance of black and Latino boys. (It expired in in 2015)

Students mostly say they are safe, although there were some complaints of fights, according to the 2012 Learning Environment Survey. More than one-third of teachers then said there were issues with order and discipline. In response, the principal said: "We are aware and we are taking steps to help the handful of students who are engaging in fights." She said the school has added a second social worker and an extra family assistant "to help students deal with their anger." There were "almost no fights" in the 2015-2016 school year, according to the school guidance counselor.

College admissions: Although not all graduates are well-prepared for college, top students have been admitted to Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Boston University as well as SUNY campuses upstate. "Our kids go to college," said Malloy. The "vast majority" go within 18 months of graduating high school, she said. The school has a partnership with the College Bound Initiative which specializes in helping students get to college.

Special education: The school offers both self-contained special education classes and team-taught classes that mix students in general and special education.

Admissions: Limited unscreened. Preference goes to students who attend an information session. (Clara Hemphill, interviews, DOE statistics, July 2012; updated January 2013)

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

From 2016-17 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
93%
77% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
85%
85% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
35%
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
85%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
92%
81% Citywide Average

From 2015-16 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
4%
3% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
41%
74% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
5.7

How do students perform academically?

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
80%
77% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
25%
37% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
27%
38% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
73%
64% Citywide Average

From 2017 NY State Graduation Outcomes

How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
0%
13% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2017-18 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
387
Asian
1.0%
Black
24.0%
Hispanic
73.0%
White
1.0%
Other
2.0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
92%
Students with disabilities
24%
English language learners
9%

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
85%
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
44%
37% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
59%
59% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
84%
66% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Programs and Admissions

Mott Hall Bronx High School
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description

Academics

Language Courses

French

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Flag Football, Softball, Wrestling

Coed PSAL teams

Double Dutch

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Location

1595 Bathgate Avenue
Bronx NY 10457
Claremont Village (District 9)
Trains: N/A
Buses: Bx11, Bx15, Bx17, Bx21, Bx32, Bx41, Bx41-SBS

Contact

Phone
718-466-6800
Principal
Kathryn Malloy
Parent Coordinator
Gicary Peguero

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Bathgate Educational Campus with two other schools
Metal detectors?
No

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