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Morris Academy for Collaborative Studies

Grades: 9-12
1110 Boston Road
Bronx NY
Phone: 718-617-5312

Our Insights

What’s Special

Mentoring program, arts

The Downside

Low attendance, some safety issues outside the building

Morris Academy for Collaborative Studies is a safe, well-run school in the Morris Educational Campus. Teachers encourage teens to explore their interests in class and take them on trips to expand their horizons. It is a project-based school; each year students must complete research projects in every subject and present them to teachers and other judges. 

Projects are displayed at an event called the “roundtable,” set up in the cafeteria like a science fair. Some past student project titles include "The Importance of Iron" and "Wild African Elephants." Roundtables are “a huge part of our school culture,” said a student in a video on the school’s informative website. One teen said it gives students lots of practice in public speaking and working together—skills they will need in college.  

The school has a reputation for its friendly atmosphere. Students are paired with an adult mentor in school. Clubs help promote a positive tone with themes like chess, movies and a coloring club to reduce stress. Students from the different countries bond in the international club. One teacher runs a Japanese club during lunchtime, showing Anime movies and other aspects of Japanese culture.

Morris has long had a partnership with Hope for New York, in which select students are paired with mentors from a variety of professions. These mentors develop long-term relationships to support students and help them make good choices, according to the Hope for New York website.

Principal Matthew Mazzoroppi took the helm in 2013. He is a graduate of Lehman College and taught 10th grade English language arts at Marie Curie, a high school in the Bronx.

Morris Academy shares a historic high-ceilinged building with Bronx International, High School for Violin and Dance and School for Excellence. The four schools share the cafeteria, gymnasiums and an auditorium with a balcony and a pipe organ. Sports teams are campus-wide. The schools share the on-site Montefiore Health Clinic, complete with exam rooms, dental and counseling services. However, children must pass through a metal detector in the morning.

Admissions: Priority to Bronx 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?
100%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
95%
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
21%
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
100%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
100%
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?
68%
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
6.6

How do students perform academically?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
81%
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
46%
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
26%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
58%
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
432
Asian
1%
Black
25%
Hispanic
72%
White
1%
Other
1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
95%
Students with disabilities
24%
English language learners
13%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
85%
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?
80%
66% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
70%
68% Citywide Average


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Programs & Admissions

From the 2020 High School Directory

Morris Academy for Collaborative Studies
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

Students learn by doing at MACS thereby building college-ready skills from the start. All students complete major course projects in all subjects each year and present to panelists and judges. We offer a wide variety of programs to enhance the whole child, including mentoring program recognized by the Obama Admin. Our students enroll in colleges such as Dartmouth, George Washington, Syracuse, Binghamton, Fordham, NYU, St. John's, Hunter, John Jay, Hofstra, Buffalo State, Courtlandt, and many others.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP United States History, AP Statistics, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP English Language and Composition, AP Computer Science Principles

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Soccer

Girls PSAL teams

Badminton, Basketball, Flag Football, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools
NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location

Location

Longwood (District 9)
Trains: 2 Line, 5 Line to Intervale Ave
Buses: Bx13, Bx15, Bx17, Bx21, Bx35, Bx41, Bx41-SBS, Bx6, Bx6-SBS

Contact

Principal
Matthew Mazzaroppi

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Morris Educational Campus with three other schools
Metal detectors?
Yes

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