Bronx Collaborative High School
Based on ICE, a trusted, popular progressive Manhattan school
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At the Bronx Collaborative High School students may make soap to learn about science and marketing skills, debate current events such as the controversy surrounding New York City Police Department's "stop-and-frisk" program and share their political views via Twitter. Doctors, designers, scientists and even lifeguards provide real-world expertise.
A racially diverse group of educators created the school, opening in September 2013, based on their work at the popular Institute for Collaborative Education (ICE), a small progressive school in Manhattan. [The principal and some staff members are shown in the photo at right.]
"We're bringing a slice of ICE to the Bronx," said Principal Brett Schneider, former ICE assistant principal. "In every subject there are real-world applications."
Like ICE, BCHS is a member of the Coalition of Essential Schools, a national network of schools founded by education professor Theodore Sizer, which believes that small schools that concentrate on teaching a few subjects well are more effective than large schools that attempt to teach a wide array of subjects.
According to Bronx native Schneider, Bronx Collaborative's location, at DeWitt Clinton High School, is ideal for walking trips to the Bronx River, the Botanical Gardens and Van Cortland Park for problem-based learning. It is an easy trip to Wave Hill or Riverdale to study history or math through architecture. Trips to Albany and Washington D.C. will enable students to link local concerns to global concerns and to engage in advocacy. "I see the Bronx as all about opportunity," said Schneider.
Plans are to offer Spanish for beginners and native speakers, and eventually French.
Staffers plan to collaborate with ICE teachers and they envision one big field day in the Bronx for students. Schneider, a former social worker, hopes to work in partnership with New York University, where he supervises social work interns. Many clubs and sports are available on the DeWitt Clinton campus.
Admissions: Limited unscreened; priority to Bronx students who attend an information session, fair or open house. (Lydie Raschka, interviews at the high school fair, April 2013)
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Bronx Collaborative offers a college liberal arts experience at the high school level. With the support of Advisors, students choose courses based on their interests. All classes are 90 minutes and taught in college format. As a school we focus on problem-based learning, restorative practices, and multimedia technology.
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Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Football, Gymnastics, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling
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Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Flag Football, Gymnastics, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball
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