New Directions Secondary School

Grades 6-11

What’s Special

Extra support in middle school to be successful in high school

The Downside

Too soon to say

Our Review

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)

About the students

Enrollment
251
Asian
0.4%
Black
28.7%
Hispanic
67.3%
White
0.0%
Other
3.6%
Free or reduced priced lunch
100%
Students with disabilities
34%
English language learners
37%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Taft Educational Campus with five other schools
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
64%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
69%
93% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
68%
20% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
35%
75% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
36%
45% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
86%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
66%
49% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
4.0
6.2 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
50%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
58%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
46%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
54%
74% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
35%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
50%
84% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Test scores

How many students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
1%
30% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
3%
37% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 3 dedicated spaces for Dance, Theater, and Visual arts
This school has 3 licensed arts teacher in Music (part-time), Visual arts (part-time), and Music

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
78%
68% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
67%
56% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
79%
69% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
0%
37% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
New Directions Secondary School
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
0%
16% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
0%
4% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

This school offers Transitional Bilingual Education in Spanish.
How many English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
0%
3% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
0%
43% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
Average math score for self-contained students
1.91
1.8 Citywide Average
Average math score for ICT students
1.69
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
1.92
2.0 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.89
2.3 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
1.77
2.2 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.07
2.4 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
86%
67% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
66%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
88%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
89%
89% Citywide Average
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Programs and Admissions

New Directions Secondary School
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

New Directions has a rolling admissions policy and operates as a transfer high school. There are 54 seats per grade.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

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, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

Coed PSAL teams

Double Dutch

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Location

240 East 172nd Street
Bronx NY 10457
Claremont Village (District 9)
Trains: 4, B, D to 170th St
Buses: Bx1, Bx11, Bx15, Bx18, Bx2, Bx32, Bx35, Bx41, Bx41-SBS, BxM4

Contact

Phone
718-410-4343
Principal
James Waslawski
Parent Coordinator
Thalia Whittaker

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