Creston Academy

Grades: 6-8
125 East 181st Street
Bronx NY 10453
Phone: 718-367-5035

Our Insights

What’s Special

Arts and STEM instruction

The Downside

Some class sizes run large

The Creston Academy offers students enrichment in the arts and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Parents and students find the school welcoming and supportive based on their responses to the annual NYC School Survey.

Overall, the school does a good job of helping students of all skill levels gain ground. There’s a bilingual instruction program to support the many native Spanish speakers who are still learning English. Teachers get extra coaching and meet in teams to plan ways to support English language learners, students with special needs and those struggling in their classes, according to a yearly set of goals known as the Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP).

Teachers are trained in the Teachers College Reading and Writing Program, according to the CEP. Students are encouraged to read a wide range of books of their choosing, research topics of interest and write multiple drafts before achieving a polished essay or creative piece.

Eighth-graders up to the challenge may take high school level courses in algebra and living environment. Starting in 6th grade the school helps prepare students to take the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT), according to the CEP.

The school has a partnership with Good Shepherd Services, which provides tutoring and after-school activities in STEM, sports and the arts. Additional arts instruction and trips to cultural venues such as museums are supported through partnerships with Lincoln Center, Dream Yard and Urban Advantage. Students may also participate in an after-school running program sponsored by The New York Road Runners Club, according the CEP.

One downside: Enrollment in classes can run high—some in the low 30’s according the school’s state report card.

ADMISSIONS: The school is open to students residing in its zone as well as from across Districts 9 and 10. For students residing outside the zone, priority is given to those who sign in at an admissions event. The Spanish bilingual program is open to students from Districts 9 and 10. (Laura Zingmond, web reports, July 2019; photo of student running club from the NYPD 46th Precinct's Twitter account)

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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 the 2020-21 NYC School Survey

How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
89% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
27% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
88% Citywide Average

From the 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
80% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From the 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
40% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
44% Citywide Average

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
34% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From the 2021-22 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
92% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
26% Citywide Average

From the 2020 School Directories

Uniforms required?
This school offers Transitional Bilingual Education in Spanish.

How does this school serve special populations?

From the 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

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

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

Contact & Location


Fordham (District 10)
Trains: B Line, D Line to 182nd-183rd Sts; 4 Line to 183rd St
Buses: Bx1, Bx2, Bx3, Bx32, Bx36, Bx40, Bx41, Bx41-SBS, Bx42, BxM4


Mellissa Miller
Parent Coordinator
Iverka Valerio

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares a building with the School for Environmental Citizenship and the Elementary School for Math, Science, and Technology
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?

Zone for the 2019-2020 school year. Call school to confirm.

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