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New Directions Secondary School

Grades: 6-12
240 East 172nd Street
Bronx NY 10457
Phone: 718-410-4343

Our Insights

What’s Special

Extra support in middle school to be successful in high school

The Downside

Too soon to say

New Directions offers middle schoolers, in particular those who are over-age or struggling, a chance to catch up on schoolwork in small classes and through online courses, and aims to support them all the way through high school. Every student participates in small group daily advisory sessions.

On Saturdays and after school, students have a chance to get extra help -- or be challenged beyond usual grade level expectations if they ready for it. Eighth graders have access to more advanced lessons in English, math and science.

Other offerings are chess and after school sports instruction provided by Play Rugby, Inc., including basketball, fitness team, flag football and flag rugby. A partnership with Community Word Project provides children with a chance to weave reading, writing and art together in creative ways.

Principal James Waslawski designed New Directions during his time as a Cahn Fellow at Columbia University, aprogram for exceptional public school principals. As principal at PS/MS 279, Waslawski worked with immigrant children from all over the world and many children with special needs. There, he grouped children by their proficiency level in English in their reading and writing classes, and placed struggling children into very small groups.

Uniforms and community service projects are required at New Directions, and students have the opportunity to do paid internships.

New Directions, opened in 2013, is one of six small schools housed in the Taft Educational Campus.Students must pass through a metal detector at the entrance.

Admissions: Priority to students and residents of Districts 7, 9, and 10, and then to residents of the Bronx. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, October 2013)

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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?
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
84% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
44% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
83% Citywide Average

From 2016-17 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
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?
74% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
35% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
46% Citywide Average

From 2018 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
New Directions Secondary School

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
46% Citywide Average

From 2017 NY State Graduation Outcomes

How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
16% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2017-18 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
89% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
31% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Uniforms required?
This school offers Transitional Bilingual Education in Spanish.

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
16% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
9% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
7% Citywide Average

For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Programs & Admissions

New Directions Secondary School
Admissions Method: Transfer
Program Description:

New Directions has a rolling admissions policy and operates as a transfer high school.


Language Courses



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


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


James Waslawski
Parent Coordinator
Alane Sosa

Other Details

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

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