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Riverdale / Kingsbridge Academy (Middle School / High School 141) (RKA)

Grades: 6-12
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660 West 237th Street
Bronx NY 10463
Phone: 718-796-8516
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Our Insights

What’s Special

Well-regarded neighborhood school; lots of sports and activities

The Downside

Some concerns about discipline

Riverdale-Kingsbridge Academy (RKA), serving grades 6 to 12, is a well-regarded neighborhood school. Nearly all students live in the surrounding community and most stay through high school. Students enjoy traditions such as homecoming pep rallies, field days and dances as well as a nice array of activities.

RKAs middle school has an honors track for high achievers and a strong arts program. Sixth-graders take a different arts class each semester, choosing among visual arts, vocal and band. They then choose one to concentrate in for 7th and 8th grade.

The high school offers Spanish and French plus a range of honors and Advanced Placement courses.

Attendance is strong and middle school state test scores exceed the citywide average. By 8th grade, grade roughly half of the students earn high school credit taking courses in algebra and earth science.

The college readiness rate among high school graduates exceeds the citywide average. Roughly half of the high school students take a college-level course.

There are some concerns about discipline, with sixty-one percent of students reporting bullying or intimidation among peers, according to the 2016-17 NYC School Survey.

To promote a more supportive environment, the staff implemented a program that rewards students for positive behavior such as punctuality, respect, independence, determination and enthusiasm, according to the 2016-17 Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP). As a result, suspensions have declined by 50 percent, the CEP says.

RKA ramped up its academic support by increasing the number of teachers available for tutoring outside of regular class time, according to the CEP.

The school fields both middle and high school sports teams and a wide array of free after-school activities run onsite by the Riverdale Community Center (RCC). Students may also participate in a teen theater program run by RCC.

ADMISSIONS: Zoned students only for middle school. For high school, there are typically a few seats available to Bronx students or residents not zoned for the school. High school admissions is based on a review of a students grades, courses taken, state test scores, and record of attendance and punctuality. (Laura Zingmond, web reports, August 2017).

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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?
73%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
80%
84% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
56%
44% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
78%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
86%
83% Citywide Average

From 2015-16 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 2016-17 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
79%
73% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
10.0

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?
42%
35% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
53%
46% Citywide Average

From 2018 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
Riverdale/Kingsbridge Academy (Middle School/High School 141), Bronx High School of Science, and Art and Design High School
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I, Earth Science, Spanish

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
57%
37% Citywide Average
How many students graduate in 4 years?
92%
85% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
66%
51% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
58%
50% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
78%
74% Citywide Average

From 2017 NY State Graduation Outcomes

How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
31%
16% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2017-18 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
1513
Asian
8%
Black
9%
Hispanic
56%
White
25%
Other
2%
Free or reduced priced lunch
51%
Students with disabilities
20%
English language learners
7%

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
95%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
11%
20% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Uniforms required?
No

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
84%
73% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
78%
73% Citywide Average

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
9%
12% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
17%
16% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
6%
9% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
4%
7% Citywide Average


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

Programs & Admissions

RKA Humanities
Admissions Method: Screened
Requirements:
  • Attendance
  • Punctuality
  • Course Grades: English, Math, Science, Social Studies
  • Standardized Test Scores: English Language Arts, Math
  • Honors/Accelerated Coursework
Program Description:

students are programmed for classes according to their accomplishments and needs.

Academics

Language Courses

French, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Spanish, AP Studio Art: 3-D Design, AP U.S. History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Cross Country, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

Golf

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

Contact & Location

Location

Riverdale (District 10)
Trains: N/A
Buses: Bx1, Bx10, Bx2, Bx20, Bx7

Contact

Principal
Lori Omara
Parent Coordinator
Stacy Miller

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with PS 24 Spuyten Duyvil
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No

Zone for the 2017-2018 school year. Call school to confirm.

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