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The Highbridge Green School

Grades: 6-8
Staff Pick for Special Ed Noteworthy
200 West 167th Street
Bronx NY 10452
Phone: 718-410-5770

Our Insights

What’s Special

A focus on the environment in a new building with "green" features

The Downside

Test scores have a ways to go.

Opened in 2013 after years of lobbying by community groups, Highbridge Green School has stable leadership, teachers who work together as a team, and a beautiful building that includes green features such as a rooftop garden, a wind turbine, solar panels, a greenhouse, and a rainwater collection system.

Students may grow vegetables in the school’s garden and incorporate it into their lunch menu. They may build a ramp to measure the speed of a toy car in science class. They may interview their parents or neighbors about their experiences as immigrants. Students get intensive instruction in reading through a program called the Middle School Quality Initiative.

Free after school activities, provided by Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDco) include dance (salsa, merengue, bachata), art, drama, choral music, piano, and gym time, as well as extra help in academics.

Most students enter Highbridge reading at least one year below grade level, and the school has devoted many resources to helping them catch up, including small group instruction and afterschool help. All teachers, including science and social studies teachers, are trained in how to help children read better. While test scores are low, students make “enormous” growth in their reading skills, according to a report by Advocates for Children, a non-profit group that lobbies on behalf of students with disabilities.  

Kyle Brillante, a former Teach for America member, has been principal since the school opened.  

Special education: Advocates for Children identified Highbridge Green School as a model school for instruction for children with dyslexia or difficulties reading, according to a 2016 report “A is for All."  The school has eight integrated co-teaching (ICT) classrooms, in which general and special education students are taught together by two full-time teachers, one of whom is a special educator, according to the school’s yearly plan.

Admissions: Priority in admissions goes to children zoned for PS 11, PS 73, PS 114, or PS 126. (Clara Hemphill, web reports, April 2019)

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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?
98%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
91%
82% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
40%
52% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
83%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
78%
81% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 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 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
55%
75% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
6.1

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?
14%
37% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
26%
42% Citywide Average

From 2018 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
NYC Charter High School for Architecture, Engineering and Construction Industries (AECI), AECI II: NYC Charter High School for Computer Engineering and Innovation, and New Visions Charter High School for the Humanities II
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
21%
32% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
380
Asian
0%
Black
22%
Hispanic
77%
White
1%
Other
0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
95%
Students with disabilities
28%
English language learners
18%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
94%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
18%
23% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Uniforms required?
Yes

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 math exam?
1%
14% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
10%
15% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
5%
14% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
1%
6% Citywide Average


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

Contact & Location

Location

Highbridge (District 9)
Trains: 4 Line to 167th St
Buses: Bx11, Bx13, Bx18, Bx35, M101, M2

Contact

Principal
Kyle Brillante

Other Details

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No

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