Morris Academy for Collaborative Studies

Grades: 9-12

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)

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
81%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
80%
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
 
70%
Average daily attendance
 
84%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
41%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2019-20 NYC School Survey

Students

472
Number of students
644 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
95%
Students with disabilities
 
26%
Multilingual learners
 
13%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
0%
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
 
100%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
95%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
21%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
13%
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
 
100%
7.6
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
144
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
157 Citywide Average
How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
64%
Are teachers effective?
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 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

Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science

 
8%

Physics

 
16%

Advanced Foreign Language

 
27%

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
27%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
10%

Music

Not offered in 2019-20
From unpublished, anonymized data from the class of 2019-20 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?
 
60%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
26%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
62%
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?
 
52%
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

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.

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

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

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

1110 Boston Road
Bronx NY 10456

Trains: 2 Line, 5 Line to Intervale Ave

Buses: Bx13, Bx15, Bx17, Bx21, Bx35, Bx41, Bx41-SBS, Bx6, Bx6-SBS


Contact

Principal: Matthew Mazzaroppi

Parent Coordinator: Christian Paulino

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Morris Educational Campus with three other schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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