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Arts and STEM instruction
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)