Validus Preparatory Academy

Grades 9-12

What’s Special

A partnership with Outward Bound; emphasis on health & physical fitness in new, modern building

The Downside

Low attendance and some behavioral issues

Our Review

UPDATE DECEMBER 2014Christophe Hibbert, most recently the director of health, safety and suspensions with the Department of Education's Children's First Network which supports Validus Prep, became interim acting principal in September, 2014.

2012 REVIEW: At Validus Prep Academy, a small school affiliated with NYC Outward Bound, students focus on health, physical fitness and teamwork along with academics. They go on five-day wilderness trips every fall and on urban adventures in the city throughout the school year.

The emphasis is on group work and project learning. Science and history teachers may take their students outdoors to test water in the Bronx River or map the history of a nearby park, according to a Readers Digest article which cited Validus as "one of 10 reasons to love our country." The school is a member of the I-Zone for innovative learning and school reform.

"The community is our classroom," Principal Javier O'Campo told a Spanish-language television reporter. [O'Campo left the school after the 2013-2014 school year to become a director of operations at the Department of Education.]

Students are assigned to a small group "crew" and remain with the same group, and leader, for all four years. On their trips, they do team-building and confidence-building exercises, including climbing a rope course 30 feet up in the air. Back at school, crew meets four times a week for academic catch-up, group discussions and fitness activities.

Opened in 2005, Validus moved in 2006 to the Bathgate Educational Campus, a modern red, yellow and blue building that has a large atrium that fills the hallways with natural light. There is a weight room with professional gym equipment, a spacious library with comfy lounge chairs, a gymnasium and cafeteria shared with two other schools in the building: The Urban Assembly School for Applied Math and Science and Mott Hall High School.

Once every semester, parents are invited to student-led conferences showcasing their work. Parents comment and help grade the presentations. However, getting parents involved at the school is a challenge; fewer than a dozen attend PTA meetings, according to the school's annual plan. And, student attendance, hovering around 81 percent, is below average for the city.

Despite the emphasis on teamwork, about half of the teachers said there are clashes over race and ethnicity and other issues; 38 percent say there are problems with order and discipline and 28 percent say they needed more assistance dealing with behavioral problems. Students say they feel safe in the building and get the support they need to resolve conflicts.

After school: Sports teams include baseball, cross country, and basketball. There is a drama club and a snowboarding club funded through Burton.

College admissions: College banners line the hallways and students are taken on trips to city campuses. Nearly 60 percent of the graduates go to college., a higher percentage than at similar schools.

Admissions: Limited unscreened. Admitted students are invited to visit tour the school in the spring and attend summer orientation and classes. (Pamela Wheaton, interviews and web reports, July 2012; updated principal 2014)

About the students

Enrollment
397
Asian
0.3%
Black
28.5%
Hispanic
69.3%
White
1.3%
Other
0.8%
Free or reduced priced lunch
85%
Students with disabilities
27%
English language learners
16%
Male
43%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Bathgate Educational Campus with two other schools
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
100%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
79%
87% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
57%
37% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
100%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
34%
37% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
90%
85% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
55%
57% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
3.0
5.8 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?
100%
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?
75%
74% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
98%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
85%
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 0 licensed arts teacher in Dance, Music, Theater or Visual arts

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
65%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
55%
54% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
68%
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?
64%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
0%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
10%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
27%
36% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
18%
37% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
55%
60% 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?
69%
66% 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?
69%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
91%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
92%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
92%
90% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
41%
59% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Validus Preparatory Academy
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description

Through the College Bound Initiative, our full-time Director of College Counseling (DCC) works closely with principal and teachers to create a college-going culture that raises parent and student expectations. DCC guides students to overcome barriers to college entry through early college awareness activities, application, financial aid and enrollment support.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English Literature and Composition

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
718-466-4000
Principal
Christophe Hibbert
Parent Coordinator
Iraida Rosado

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