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

Grades 6-12
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What’s Special

Well-regarded neighborhood school; lots of sports and activities

The Downside

Some concerns about discipline

Our Review

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).

About the students

Enrollment
1459
Asian
8.6%
Black
9.4%
Hispanic
54.6%
White
26.6%
Other
0.8%
Free or reduced priced lunch
48%
Students with disabilities
20%
English language learners
8%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with PS 24 Spuyten Duyvil
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
100%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
94%
90% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
18%
27% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
77%
75% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
61%
45% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
81%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
40%
49% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
9.0
5.8 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
75%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
81%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
70%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
83%
70% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
90%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
71%
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?
38%
29% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
50%
38% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 5 dedicated spaces for Music and Visual arts
This school has 5 licensed arts teacher in Music and Theater

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
77%
68% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
48%
56% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
71%
69% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Spanish, Algebra I, Earth Science
How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
49%
38% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
89%
87% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Riverdale / Kingsbridge Academy (Middle School / HS 141)
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
87%
83% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
19%
13% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
9%
4% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
55%
38% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
48%
48% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
81%
71% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
2%
3% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
47%
43% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
88%
65% 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 ICT students
1.89
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.43
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.92
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.35
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
2.4
2.2 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.31
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
68%
67% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
75%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
82%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
84%
89% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
68%
67% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

RKA Humanities
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description

All ninth graders' transcripts are reviewed and 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

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Location

660 West 237th Street
Bronx NY 10463
Riverdale (District 10)
Trains: N/A
Buses: Bx10, Bx20, Bx7, BxM1, BxM18, BxM2

Contact

Phone
718-796-8516
Principal
Lori Omara
Parent Coordinator
Stacy Miller

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

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