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DreamYard Preparatory School

Grades: 9-12
240 East 172nd Street
Bronx NY 10457
Phone: 718-410-4242
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Our Insights

What’s Special

Art, drama and dance

The Downside

Low attendance

DreamYard Prep offers art, drama, music and dance as well as an extended school day and paid internships for students. The small school was founded by DreamYard Project, Inc., a not-for-profit arts-education group, in the Taft Educational complex in 2006.

The tiny school, which has struggled over the years, made so much progress that The New York Times featured it as a success story. “I think we’re at a pivotal point,” Principal Alicia Wargo told The Times. “We’re not exactly where we want to be, but we have made steady progress and gains every year.”

Teachers say the school is orderly and the principal is an effective leader, according to reponses to the annual NYC School Survey. The graduation rate and attendance still have a ways to go, however.

“Students pick a major at the end of their sophomore year and spend two 90-minute blocks each week studying theater, visual arts, music or dance,” The Times reported. DreamYard and its partner organizations pay students minimum wage for internships.

Admissions: In recent years the school has had room for every student who wants to attend.  (Clara Hemphill, newspaper reports, August 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 2017-18 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
96%
77% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
84%
85% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
39%
36% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
96%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
96%
81% Citywide Average

From 2016-17 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
0%
3% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
59%
75% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
6.2

How do students perform academically?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
55%
80% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
32%
45% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
25%
39% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
46%
67% 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 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
271
Asian
1%
Black
28%
Hispanic
69%
White
2%
Other
1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
89%
Students with disabilities
24%
English language learners
23%

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
84%
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
41%
38% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
29%
64% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
26%
68% Citywide Average


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Programs & Admissions

DreamYard Preparatory School
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

Students will take arts classes each year of high school. In 9th and 10th Grades, students take an Arts Elective Class each semester in Choral Music, Dance, Theater, or Visual Arts. In 11th and 12th grades, students choose a major in one of these areas. Each semester, students are expected to participate in an arts exhibition or performance. Students with a strong interest in the arts can participate in summer intensives in their area of choice.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Computer Science, AP English Language and Composition, AP Psychology, AP Spanish, AP U.S. Government and Politics

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Volleyball, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Softball, Volleyball, Wrestling

Coed PSAL teams

Double Dutch

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

Contact & Location

Location

Claremont Village (District 9)
Trains: 4 Line to Mt Eden Ave; B Line, D Line to 170th St
Buses: Bx1, Bx11, Bx15, Bx18, Bx2, Bx32, Bx35, Bx41, Bx41-SBS

Contact

Principal
Alicia Wargo
Parent Coordinator
NYDIA JIMENEZ

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Taft Educational Campus with five other schools
Metal detectors?
Yes

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